Dinner at Majerija, Slovenia and a new friend
I am sitting here having a lovely cup of coffee writing to you from Slovenia. I am visiting with my friend Matevz who I met last year when I spoke at a conference in Slovenia on Social Enterprise. I shall be posting up more info on Matevz later today as he has been inspired by Jamie to start a similar project to Fifteen here in Slovenia.
Last night I had the pleasure of dining at one of Matevz's friends restaurants called Majerija. Owned and run by Matej and Natasa Tomazic, the restaurant is situated about 40 minutes from Llubjnana in a beautiful farming area called Vipava. Matej has been cooking for over 20 years here in Slovenia and Italy and he also teaches at a catering college in Trieste in Italy (it's only 30 minutes in the car from here).
It was Matej's dream five years ago to open a restaurant and I admire him for following his dream and creating a very special place indeed! Matej's and Natasa grow all of their own herbs and vegetables and all of the produce that they use to cook with is sourced locally. The food was superb - plate after plate of pasta, pan seared goat with spinach each course paired with very good wine that is also produced within a stones throw of the restaurant. The pick of the night (tough choice to choose one) was the taglietelle dish with tomatoes and vanilla. This was the first time that I had eaten a savoury dish that had vanilla in it, it was very good.
It was such a treat for me to spend time with Matej and learn more about his career and also what he has achieved here in Slovenia. This is definitely a "destination restaurant" as the drive will take you on small winding roads through beautiful Slovenian villages which was a treat in itself.
Congratulations to Matej and Natasa - you have achieved your dream. Not only have I made some new friends but I also now have another excellent restaurant to recommend. I look forward to seeing you soon and trying some new taste sensations!
more info on Majerija here:
Have a great weekend everyone.
Cheers from Danny
This looks so idilic and peaceful and I have read that the original house is really very old ( built in 1.700 )
and another part of the link that made me smile was that they said they could offer a room in the hay shed .
I have never been to Slovenia but I am told that its a really beautiful country to spend time in.