Yes, Hiša Franko lives up to, even surpasses, the hype. Chef Ana Roš is entirely self-taught and an unlikely candidate for a celebrity chef, but she single-handedly put Slovenia on the international culinary map with her modern interpretation of Slovenian cuisine served in a humble farmhouse in Kobarid, in Slovenia's dramatic Soča Valley.
Every course is so labour-intensive, from the house-churned cultured butter served with spelt sourdough to an apple croissant trompe l'oeil, that the €150 tasting menu seems generous, particularly compared to this caliber of meal in Paris or Copenhagen. Each course is paired with Slovenian natural wine and ingredients like local Soča trout and pumpkin are celebrated in modern and complex new ways. The normally hearty Kobariški štrukelj dumpling is reimagined, served in miniature as a final dessert bite with a side of smoked pork crème brûlée.