Chef Hari Nayak’s Modern Indian Cuisine – Have Spices, Will Travel

Chef Hari Nayak’s Modern Indian Cuisine – Have Spices, Will Travel

You are at: Home » Foodisphere » Food Articles » Chef Hari Nayak’s Modern Indian Cuisine – Have Spices, Will Travel Chef Hari Nayak’s Modern Indian Cuisine – Have Spices, Will Travel Hari Nayak in Masti Dubai Have Spices, Will Travel – from Udupi to New York to Dubai Chef Hari Nayak gives Indian food an innovative modern spin and a new avatar
H ari Nayak, 45, grew up in Karnataka in Udupi, the town renowned for its restaurants and where the much-loved dosa originated. His grandfather had died long before he was born, but the Udupi vegetarian cafe that he had owned was part of family folklore.
“My father had worked with my grandfather in the restaurant but nobody from the family got back into it – they all went into professional fields, my father went into banking, my brother got into engineering and my sister into medicine,” he recalls. “I was, however, fascinated by these stories and I always wanted to do something with food.”
Hari Nayak would certainly have made his grandfather proud: he has stirred more pots in more cities than probably most other chefs. He’s wandered from New York to California to Riyadh and Dubai, opening restaurants everywhere. He’s written six cookbooks and even sailed on a luxury liner aboard Seaborne Luxury Cruises to Australia, guest cooking on the high seas. He’s been a recurring judge on the cooking show Beat Bobby Flay. He’s also been the celebrity chef behind Priyanka Chopra’s celebratory dinner launch of the Bumble app at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York. Soul Curry Hoboken
H e’s involved with half a dozen restaurants in the US, India and the Middle East as chef-partner or consultant and these include Alchemy in Bangalore, Masti and Bombay Bungalow in Dubai, Charcoza in Riyadh and Café Spice in New York. He also owns Soul Curry in New Jersey.
Now he has the distinction of two of his restaurants being recognized on two different continents in the same month: in its listing of Dubai’s best restaurants, Time Out Dubai chose Masti, where Nayak is chef-partner as the top winner, stating “The past 12 months have seen this exquisite experimental Indian-fusion restaurant soar to incredible heights. The food will catch you off guard with its inventiveness, the mixologists are some of the best in the business and sipping a sundowner on the terrace facing La Mer beach is a great pleasure.” Beetroot chop by Hari Nayak
At the same time, New Jersey magazine recognized his restaurant Soul Curry, where he is the owner, amongst the 28 hottest new restaurants of 2019. The line-up at this casual neighborhood restaurant includes such innovative dishes as Summer Bhel with a local twist using puffed and fresh corn, jicama and Mexican spices that go well with Indian cooking. Even in the traditional Butter Chicken he adds Italian burrata to give it a special creamy effect. It has become the signature dish. In these global offerings there’s also Gulab Jamun Crème Brulee and mango kulfi transformed into all-American popsicles. Hari Nayak as a student at CIA
N ayak’s journey from Udupi began in Manipal University where he graduated from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration in 1994. He started at ITC hotels as a kitchen executive trainee before flying to America to join the Culinary Institute of America in New York. “In the very first month on campus, I witnessed the legendary Julia Child giving us a very entertaining pastry demonstration,” he says. “That was one of her last visits to the school and it was my first year in America. I actually got to help her with the demonstration. It was an amazing experience to work with her. She passed away the next year.”
Life as a student was difficult, the typical immigrant’s life. He says, “I had nobody in this country and this was my first trip to America, coming here in the cold of upstate of New York from South India. I’d never seen snow before. Even after finishing at CIA at the top of my class, getting a job and working here was tough but very exciting. My first job was in Daniel Boulud’s, a French restaurant. I was the only Indian in my school and in my class.” Spice Trail by Hari Nayak
I t was here that he learned to marry Indian and western cuisine. At Daniel’s, he would be assigned to make the staff meal, and he would often cook Indian and found everyone enjoyed the flavors and that’s how his career developed, merging the spices. Twenty years back that was a novelty.
“In the beginning it was exciting to create that and find the market for it and by default I became the modern Indian chef,” says Nayak. “I fell into this niche and there never was a plan to do it. Modern Indian cooking is what I do – it’s Indian cooking with a global touch. if I’m doing a restaurant in New York, I do Indian food with a New York state of mind.”
Nayak’s culinary wizardry hasIt allowed him to re-invent himself as writer, consultant, chef and restaurateur. He has turned his cooking creativity to taking the Indian story further by making Indian cuisine suitable to every palate by reinventing it in a global avatar. He recognizes that while traditional cooking always has people’s hearts, a global spin just makes it more accessible to more people. Guest Judges Hari Nayak, Alison Roman, and Albert Di Meglio taste and discuss the chicken biryani made by Bobby Flay and Aarthi Sampath, as seen on Beat Bobby Flay,
His seven books have shown people that Indian cooking isn’t some complex puzzle but completely doable and fun. These include Modern Indian Cooking, My Indian Kitchen, Café Spice Cookbook and The Spice Trail. His recipes are also in The Immigrant Cookbook along with those of some of America’s iconic chefs like Daniel Boulod and Alice Waters.
Nayak also creates menus for corporate kitchens and has worked with organizations like Bristol Myers and Sodexho, and with Ready to Eat brands, restaurant companies and spice companies. His partnerships have included Sula Wines, Taste of India with Chef Hari Nayak, Urban Accents Seasonings, and Diet and Nutrition. He’s also the brand ambassador for Café Spice, a major food company in New York, creating ready-to-eat meals, spices and frozen meals for supermarkets like Whole Foods.
Besides his wife Sreemoyee Sarkar and young son, Nayak’s major obsession is promoting Indian cuisine in every way possible. What drives him and what keeps the passion alive?
“I think I’m one of the few people who don’t feel what they do is a job,” he says. “People who eat my food –I make them happy – there is a direct reaction right away and that doesn’t happen in most jobs except cooking. And that’s what drives me.”
His grandfather would surely have been very pleased that he has continued his legacy and taken Indian food from Udupi to the world.
(This article was first published in my weekly column India in America in CNBCTV18.com)

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Indfusion Fun Dine – Good Food, Good Music, Good Ambiance

Home Lifestyle Food & Restaurants Indfusion Fun Dine – Good Food, Good Music, Good Ambiance Indfusion Fun Dine – Good Food, Good Music, Good Ambiance April 28, 2019 Roohika Sharma Food & Restaurants 0
With an aim to create a dining experience like no other, as opposed to just another eatery in the slew of restaurants in Manipal, Indfusion Fun Dine, Hotel Tranquil’s newest resident service has opened its’ doors recently. Joining the lodging services offered by the Hotel and the Banquet Hall, Daffodil, this new restaurant in town ticks all our boxes in terms of what we look for in a diner. We, at ManipalBlog recently visited the restaurant to grab a bite to eat and chit chat with Mr Subhash Sankalkar , the owner of the property about the new initiative.
Here’s an excerpt from what he had to say.
What’s the idea behind naming the facility, Indfusion ?
At the outset, one may think it’s a cuisine fusion, it’s actually not! Although it is India centric, we offer other cuisines also. We have continental, we have Chinese, we have North Indian, we have Karavali cuisine which this area is known for. So the name is actually a misnomer. It is a fusion of everything that makes for one of the best dining experiences. It’s more than just food or ambience. It’s the careful distillation of an experience that you can cherish, one that will have you come back here again and again.
What’s new about Indfusion that’s not there anywhere else?
Well, we have taken some bold steps while coming up with the restaurant. We have a Live Kitchen that’s probably not anywhere else in Manipal right now. Seeing your food cooked in front of you builds some semblance of trust and gives you satisfaction and builds up excitement for when the dish is to come. It’s gastronomic foreplay like no other and I think that adds to the experience and the uniqueness of the restaurant. Also, we have an in-house talent, Mr Rishabh Borcheta known professionally as RISU . He’s a talent that has come all the way from Assam to perfect his craft in music. He plays an assortment of different genres of Music from Folk to English and Hindi and should anyone want to perform during dining, he’s more than capable of accompanying them on the instruments as well.
A couple of days ago, there was a guest who was a really good singer. She wanted to sing and he accompanied her on the Guitar. It developed into this sort of Jugalbandi which turned out to be quite an amazing evening. That is something that she will take back home with her. That’s a connect she will build with this place. It’s a lasting impression that we try to create. It’s just not meant to be someone coming here for food, have their food and then go away.
Who are are the target customers? Is it more for a family-centric place or is it better suited for students?
It is both.
We aim to provide something for families, at the same time students who may not require liquor- I think this is a misconception, that students require liquor to have a great time- so the whole thing is that you can enjoy good food, in a good ambience, with good music. So you can come, be free to sing along and enjoy the food.
What do you think is the best dish to order on the menu?
See, all the dishes that we have chosen, we have chosen them carefully. So any dish that you pick and choose – be it Chinese, continental, North Indian, would be of a certain standard. If we serve Continental, any ingredient that had to go it, we make sure that it is a part of that. We don’t cut corners. We ensure that any dish served stays true to its name. So anyone who enjoys continental cuisine, who had travelled across, gets the same taste here!
My personal favourite is the Fruit Salsa Bruschetta and the Singapore Cheese Steak. It’s a unique experiment that has paid off quite well!
Tell us something about the decor of the place.
It was actually designed by one of the Manipal Alumni, Mr. Alfonso Peter. The atmosphere here, it’s one where you can relax. It’s not very claustrophobic. It’s an open space with nice, ambient lighting. When we briefed our interior designer, we told him that we want to come up with a place where people can relax. It’s not overdone. Not too many colours, very subtle colours.
Each of these colours has a soothing power. We have ensured that our decor matches our overall concept. That is what you see here.
What is your strategy to attract consumers and promote this place?
Our strategy is word of mouth. Even when we started with Hotel Tranquil , we followed the same strategy. We had not many promotions, no launch parties nothing at all. We intend to follow the same strategy here. People who come here, they will spread the word. And they will do so only if they get something good in terms of food, ambience and music. These are the three main pillars. Also service. ‘Service with a Smile’ is what I tell all my staff here, and they believe in that philosophy. So service, interaction with the guests in a nice manner makes a big difference in terms of guests enjoying and wanting to come back.
I also believe that advertising won’t help you if the product is not good. So at the end of the, my philosophy is to let the product talk for itself.
There must be a story behind this beautiful facility that you have here! We’re curious to know what it is!
My wife Trupti and I, both come from the Banking Industry. Although on first glance it seems like a completely different industry, you’d be surprised to know they’re more similar than you think. Many ask me this question as to why and how the transition into hospitality. To them I have but a very simple answer.
Banking is a Service Based Industry. We have clients, we try to make the transactions and the experience with their finances smooth for them. They trust us with their money and believe in us to keep it safe and give them return. It is about client satisfaction, enhancing their experiences and the trust and connection they build with us. The Hospitality space is not very different at its core values. Here, we call them guests and try and enhance the experience of their stay while they are here. We give a personal touch to it. We do it out of passion and at the end of the day, it is how you make one remember you! Subhash Sankalkar in conversation with Navaneethcrshna and Roohika Sharma for ManipalBlog.com. Pictures by Amogh Mehrotra . Share this:

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2 Bedroom Apartment / Flat for sale in Mulund West, Mumbai

PropertyWala.com 2 Bedroom Apartment / Flat for sale in Mulund West, Mumbai 1.5 – 2 crores Available 2 BHK Flat For Sale in Runwal Pride at Mulund West LBS Rd Kamgar Colony, Mulund West, Mulund West, Mumbai – 400080 (Maharashtra) Area: 695 SqFeet Total Floors: More than 20 Facing: West Rate: 24,460 per SqFeet +20% Age Of Construction: 10 Years Possession: Immediate/Ready to move Total Floor: 28 Property Age: 5-10 Yrs Old Property 2bhk in an excellent, ready to move in condition with covered parking available for immediate sale.
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There is no water shortage. Thousands of trees across roads make Mulund West a free city. Well mannered and cultured residents has contributed a lot in development of present Mulund West. Residents are peace loving people and hence preferred area in central suburbs. It is queen of central suburbs. Pros: Well planned and well maintained roads Cons: Jan 14 by Arvind kumar Mulund West is a well planned city which has a lot of free neet and patal kel road. It's highly impossible for a person to get lost. Well connected to western, south, north, and Navi Mumbai . One can call it a center point. Pros: All points above are good Posted: Apr 28, 2017 by Nitin Deshpande Very well developed place of mumbai , less crowded, luxurious places and very good locality . The best friendly locality of mumbai . Many good construction works sre csrried out here with spacious rooms ans good view. Pros: Mar 21, 2017 by Kamal Narwani Good location, near Mumbai , has very good facilities. School, collages and offices are located very near, Pros: Good location in living as well as investment Posted: Jul 15, 2014 by Anil Mulund west is very popular Residential locality of central Mumbai suburbs, surrounded by posh residential developments such as Nirmal lifestyle, City of joy, Runwal tower and many more.It is a prime locality from where all places of Mumbai can be reached easily, and enjoys excellent connectivity with EE Highway, WE Highway, Powai , Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg etc. Pros: Mumbai 's best suburb, located on foothills with lots of greenery & serene surroundings, blend in vicinity of commercial, industrial & residential surroundings. Friendly people & everything available easily nearby. Clean & healthy environ. Pros: No water or electricity problems Good road network, well connected with entire Mumbai Serenity, nature & brisk activity perfectly blended Cons: by Ashok Gangwani (Property King Dehradun) Mulund is the earliest planned suburb of Mumbai city, which extends from present day Mulund station to Paanch Rasta junction in Mulund (West). Mulund comes under the Central line of railway. If you go through any Central line Mulund has the hottest property to live in. Mulund was a home to a cosmopolitan mix of large number of educated middle class residents and several industrial factories along present day L.B.S. road.Mulund today has become more densely populated than what it used to be, it still remains one of the greenest and safest places to live in Mumbai. The pleasant living conditions and easy access to different parts of the city and its outskirts, have attracted many new residents.Also Mulund is a well connected suburb in all directions. Mulund has several educational institutes in both English and Regional language mediums. Mulund has two large shopping malls on LBS Marg , Nirmal Lifestyles and R-Mall. and really one of the few suburbs of Mumbai to boast of a vibrant night life. The center of it all lies within Nirmal Lifestyles mall, near Nahur . Several western cuisine restaurants, along with some Indian restaurants are located within the mall, and it also has two nightclubs. Overall, the night life in Mulund has a sober and peaceful feel to it, except for some people who have too much to drink.Real Estate prices are hiked day by day in Mulund according to the demand. Safe for residential purpose all the time as compared to other suburbs.Panchrasta, Tambe Nagar, Sarvodaya Nagar , Aasha Nagar, Yogi Hill, Vardhaman Nagar, Veena Nagar , Vaishali Nagar , Model Towen, Swapna Nagari, Kalpa Nagari, Yogi Hill, Mulund Colony are few important places. Mulund is one of the posh built-up areas in North-East part of Mumbai. There is an easy access to Eastern Express Highway and Navi Mumbai through Mulund-Airoli Bridge. Pros: Mulund is perfect location for Residential purpose as compared to other suburbs. The biggest shopping mall in India, that is Nirmal LifeStyle, is located in Mulund. As people over there worship God, Allah, Bhagwan, so there are many Temples, Churches and Mosques. Posted:

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Singaporedestinationsmap: Malaysia – Our Kickoff Cruise Sense

The most restful usage of a vacation for me is definitely the intermission from planning every repast ;). And what amend house to practise that than on a cruise.. where nutrient is as well as hence plentiful yous actually demand to live careful to non overeat as well as gain a few pounds. After wanting to effort ane for ages, as well as thank yous to mom-in-law who was also keen to acquire on one, I finally zeroed inwards on ane past times Star Cruises to Malaysia that represent our schedules as well as dates. So inwards the 2d calendar week of July, to Penang as well as Port Klang for 4D/3N nosotros went :).
First impressions on Day 1: Seeing the huge send docked earlier nosotros got on it was a revelation, all the photos yous run into inwards the brochure as well as online can’t actually practise it justice. I realized it’s pretty much a floating hotel, as well as this feeling persisted as well as was justified throughout our four days on board. Even finding our rooms took some time, particularly on the offset hateful solar daytime equally nosotros learnt to negotiate the decks as well as passages, as well as though the rooms/cabins felt a fleck modest at first, nosotros apace realized that the thought looking out at the body of body of water makes upwards for it :). I took many photos as well as videos trying to capture the beauty of looking out at the opened upwards seas, but volition non torture yous alongside likewise many of them ;)..
The cosy room
Colors of the ocean Activities on board: There are quite a few shows as well as other activities that yous tin own got usage in, such equally a costless magic exhibit (this was a fleck to a greater extent than sophisticated than our commons birthday political party fare ;)) as well as many planned activities for kids, including paid ones. We didn’t brand usage of likewise many on board equally nosotros were on shore for one-half a hateful solar daytime at both destinations.
Basketball courtroom on board First Day Explorations.. How high tin nosotros go? Food on board: On this cruise, at that topographic point were 3-4 restaurants that were costless of accuse i.e. inclusive inwards the fare. As the bulk of passengers turned out to live Indian, at that topographic point was no dearth of familiar cuisine, but nosotros also tried out the european/continental fare for a duo of meals as well as establish it of a skilful standard.
On the highest deck – Deck 12 Natural pilus styling – on Deck 12 🙂 Shore excursions: As nosotros had alone close 6-7 hours at both destinations, nosotros decided to brand usage of the planned tours rather than effort to negotiate the taxi system, equally nosotros wanted to brand certain of getting dorsum inwards time. While fourth dimension management was definitely to our advantage, it did experience a fleck rushed at some points. The goal learning was that a cruise may non live the best means to explore a novel place, it tin alone give yous a “feel” of the metropolis :). The residuum by as well as large inwards pics below..
Penang on Day 2: The tour covered a few points, but the most memorable was the peak of Penang Hill, that nosotros reached past times traveling on the Funicular Rail. Lovely views all approximately made me desire to innovation a longer as well as to a greater extent than relaxed trip inwards the time to come :). We also had a dandy tour guide, who gave us a lot of interesting information close the history of the area. View from Penang Hill At a Ginger garden on top of the hill Penang nighttime lights merely earlier boarding the ship
Port Klang/Kuala Lumpur on Day 3: Since the journeying to KL metropolis takes a fleck to a greater extent than than an hour, the tour alone consisted of the KL Tower (the world’s seventh highest at 421m), where nosotros headed to the top as well as clicked the customary thought photos, followed past times a mall situated at the base of operations of the KLCC Twin Towers. At Independence Square
My best click of the view And of the Twin Towers equally seen from KL Tower –
though it looked equally though the KL Tower was higher, this is because it is
situated on a loma that adds to the elevation (info from our tour guide) The Petronas Twin Towers, merely earlier nosotros gear upwards off dorsum to the ship Day 4: Just a relaxed lastly one-half hateful solar daytime on board, alongside fourth dimension for a few to a greater extent than meals ;), as well as nosotros were safely dorsum inwards Singapore past times ii pm.
Note: Though nosotros were a fleck worried close sea-sickness, due to varying experiences alongside motion sickness for me as well as the kids, it turned out to non live a trouble organisation at all! I was in all probability the most affected, alongside a fleck of vertigo every fourth dimension I saw the opened upwards water, but it was slowly to adapt to, as well as nobody else fifty-fifty mentioned the motion at all :). Sumber http://apster.blogspot.com/

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Fortune Condo Town Spacious Renovated 2 Bedroom Unit for Rent/Sale

Fortune Condo Town Spacious Renovated 2 Bedroom Unit for Rent/Sale Quote: Post by BCR_Update » 26 Apr 2019 16:44
Fortune Condo Town 2 Bedroom
Spacious and Renovated 2 Bedroom Unit at Fortune Condo Town 5 for Sale at only 5,500,000 Baht including all tax and transfer fees.
Also for Rent at only 26,000 Baht/Month for a minimum one year contract.
This Spacious 92 Sq.m 2 Bedroom unit has been newly renovated to high standard using high quality materials. The unit has a unique design and layout. Consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, Western styled kitchen, dining area, and balcony. The kitchen is quite spacious and is fully equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, electric stove, exhaust, washing machine, and has a large bar table. This Unit has one fixed parking space. Also it is located on a high floor giving you a nice unblocked view.
Facilities include car parking space, 25x20m pool, 24h Security with CCTV, taxis and motorbike drivers always available in front of the building.There are 2 Korean restaurants, 2 Japanese, Hong Kong cuisine, several Thai restaurants and street kitchens, as well as several western oriented restaurants (Steak house, Subway, Italian) and Indian food. Starbucks, a couple of bakeries/coffee shops and much more. All of this within 2 minutes walk! Furthermore Central Rama 3 is full of restaurants and has two food courts as well. A few bars in the immediate vicinity as well.
Fortune Condo located at Soi Narathiwat 24 only 10 minutes to BTS Chong Nonsi Station, 10 minutes drive to Sathorn or Silom, 5 minutes walk to BRT(Rapid Bus) Thanon Chan and very close to the expressway. Near Central Rama III (Tops Supermarket), Lotus Department Store. Close to Seven Eleven, Max value supermarket and United Minimart.
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Epic Channel Celebrates Maharashtra Day And Gujarat Day

This year EPIC Channel content is taking the celebrations on-air, by showcasing unique stories from this region in a day-long curated programming line-up from 12pm -7pm. Culturally diverse and picturesque states with unique culinary traditions, the programmes will explore little known and unique facets of these states.
The special line-up by EPIC Channel, will feature episodes of Sharanam where Juhi Chawla will take the viewers on a journey to , ‘Ganpatipule’ on the western coast of Maharashtra, the abode, according to popular belief, of a 400-year-old self-manifested idol of Lord Ganesha. An episode on ‘Sai Baba’ of Shirdi where the viewers will get a chance to understand the message and miracles of Sai Baba through the eyes of his devotees. Another episode will cover Mahalaxmi of Kolhapur who is eulogised as the reason for the prosperity of the city.
Kahi Suni showcasing episodes on ‘ Madhavpur Ghed’ in Gujarat, which traces the mystic romance of Lord Krishna’s wedding with Rukmini. ‘Adalaj Vav’ , which tells the tale of Rani Radubai and the formation of the beautiful Adalaj Stepwell.
No journey in India is complete without a chapter on food, Lost Recipes hosted by Aditya Bal , will take the audience on a journey of food which is diffused into the pages of history and the rediscovery of a tradition that once was. One of the episodes on ‘Mumbai’ will focus on its 2000-year-old East Indian community, and their mouth-watering cuisine. Another episode will be on ‘Udwada’ in Gujarat where the host discovers the forgotten recipes of 19 th century that are a delightful amalgamation of Persian and Gujarati cultures and their flavours.
Viewers will get a chance to visit through the lens of history some of India’s most historic locations including Champner, Daulatabad, Murud, and Lakhpat through the show Ekaant .
Speaking about the special content line-up, Akul Tripathi, Content & Programming Head , EPIC Channel, said , “We have always believed in celebrating India and days that are special for the people and the country. Maharashtra and Gujarat are important weaves in the multi-coloured fabric of the country and their day of statehood is an opportunity to rejoice in the diversity of thought, culture, traditions, and histories and introduce them to the entire country.
Binge on the Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day special on 1st May, 2019 from 12 noon to 7 pm, on EPIC Channel.
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A Firsthand Guide to Bled – Bars and restaurants

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The whole point of Firsthand Guides is to give you personal recommendations of places the writer has been. The suggestions are my personal choices. They are places I, my family and my friends like. I have not been to every pub, café and restaurant in Bled. I have been to most. I pay my own way and do not receive any inducements to write about these places. Here are my recommendations and further on the places on my wish list. Best places for coffee (and 1 for tea)
My favourites and recommendations:
I cannot settle for one; I have these favourites, more or less in this order. They are each different, unique in their style. They do great coffee and snacks. The staff are helpful and friendly, and their menu extends beyond just coffee if you want to dally a little longer.
Caffe Peglez’n
cesta Svobode 8a, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
This is a very stylish little café, mentioned at the very beginning of the book as one of the first you find when you walk from the bus to the lake. Again, tiny inside but a large terrace where you get views of the lake and castle. The natural shade from overhanging trees protects you from the sun on the hottest days. There is room for children to play in this family friendly place. Caffe Peglez’n is favoured by locals as well as visitors. Good coffee, some snacks. A good place for an early start in the morning. It’s usually open by 7:00 am when you can buy jam filled croissants (rogljički).
Art Café
cesta Svobode 7a, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 576 71 79 Art Cafe
It is popular with students from the business school and the hospitality college nearby and with younger tourists. People mostly sit outside. It is open from about 8:00 am. Simple snacks are available all day, and the coffee is very good.
The whole atmosphere changes when the evening approaches and Art Café turns into a party place. The bar stays open until the small hours, especially Friday and Saturday nights.
If you are in Bled in the winter, Art Café does great hot chocolate. Highly recommended.
Slaščičarna Zima
Grajska cesta 3, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 16 16 www.smon.si
Slaščičarna Zima (until recently known as Slaščičarna Šmon) has been part of the culture of Bled for over 100 years. At the climax of Bled Nights when 15,000 candles float on the lake, they nestle in egg shells saved at there.
This cake shop fits into a category of its own, “best pastry on the planet”, and would be very highly rated in any league of cafés and restaurants. The cakes are superb. The restaurant is famous, and it deserves the reputation. If you go nowhere else in Bled, walk up hill from the bus station and take coffee and cake here.
Apropos
Ljubljanska cesta 4, Bled 4260. Phone: +386 4 574 40 44
There are six or seven places for coffee, drinks or food in the shopping centre. Music themed Apropos has the style and the tasteful background music as well as excellent coffee. It is a music themed tiny café with a larger seating area outside where the music theme continues.
Café Belvedere
Svobode 18, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 (0)4 575 37 21 www.brdo.si/en/vila-bled/caf%C3%A9-belvedere Cafe Belvedere
I think we can safely say that the pavilion has the best view of the island – you can almost reach out and touch the church. Known as “Tito’s Tea Room”, the historic building was designed by Jože Plečnik, the architect responsible for much of classic Ljubljana and parts of Kranj. It sits on stone stilts in the grounds of Vila Bled.
You can get to it via Hotel Bled or by the gate from the shore of the lake. If you are driving from Bled, past the main gates of Vila Bled following the road to the right and then you can drive to the small car park. Or you can walk that way, too.
Café Belvedere is open from 27 April to 8 June: 14.00 – 21.00. 9 June – 10 September: 10.00 – 21.00. 11 – 24 September: 10.00 – 19.00
Jasmin Tea Room
cesta Svobode 10, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 38 27
If you are a tea drinker, after a few days in Slovenia you are going to be parched. Tea is a fruit infusion rather the dried leaf from India. Athough Okarina Restaurant does a lovely marsala chai.
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of a busy shopping area, Jasmin Tea Room is a small, interesting place beside the Tourist Information office. It rarely gets too busy and you can sit in the largish restaurant area or on the small terrace. It is one of the few places in Bled that serves excellent tea as well as fruit infusions. There is an accompanying shop a few metres away around the corner where you can buy tea, infusions, table-ware, cups, mugs, presents to bring home and tea-making paraphernalia.
K-Bar
Ljubljanska cesta 7, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 31 382 055
Even though it is in the Hotel Krim building beside the EuropCar hire office and a hairdresser, K-Bar is a little off the beaten track. It is a cool and shaded place with good, value for money coffee and croissants (rogljički) in the morning.
Triglavska roža coffee shop at Infocenter Bled
Ljubljanska cesta 27, 4260 Bled
The Triglavska roža coffee shop is small, the choice is limited, but it is charming, and the setting is excellent. You can get breakfast in summer months there. The terrace there is very relaxed. Checkout the Infocenter’s exhibitions and shop – but take some coffee and cakes.
Shopping Centre Plaza
You can’t miss it. Right under those multi-coloured canopies slap bang in the middle of the shopping centre. There is a group of separate seating areas distinguishable by the logos and colours. Which café serves you depends on where you sit. I have no particular recommendation, but out there in the open air, some nice views and a glass of Cockta and lots of ice. Cockta? Never heard of it? Read on … Insider Knowledge – Cockta
Looking for something non-alcoholic on a hot day to help cool you down? Yes, sure there is Pepsi and there is Coke, but why not drink something Slovenian? Cockta might look like one of those American imports, but it does not taste like them. The fizzy drink is made from some 11 herbs – the most prominent being rosehip. It was invented in the early 1950s in Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia) when Coke and Pepsi were not available.
To quote one of its advertising slogans, “Brez kofeina – brez kisline – brez heca!” (No Caffeine – No Acid – No Joke!) Best pubs
As in most of continental Europe, there is less of a pub culture than you find in the UK, the USA or Australia and New Zealand. More like France, bars here are usually restaurants and cafés as well. Some places change their character as the day progresses from coffee shop in the morning to loud party pub in the evening. My favourites and recommendations:
With the usual caveat, these are my favourites and reflect my taste. There are two at the top of the list.
Pri Planincu
Grajska cesta 8, 4260 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 16 13 Pri Planincu
Small bar, part of a traditional restaurant with a pizzeria upstairs. This is the first bar I ever visited in Bled in 1996 and it is still the place I go to first. While the Belvedere Pavilion is historic for being the tea room of kings and presidents, Planincu is historic for being the pub of ordinary working people in Bled. Because, if you remove tourism from this town, it is essentially a rural farming community. Pri Planincu is part of the community, although, it attracts tourists in droves. The owner must be a motorbike fanatic. The walls and ceiling are decorated with vehicle number plates. I have spotted a motorbike in the rafters of the pizzeria. As mentioned earlier, many bars and restaurants in the region especially welcome bikers. This one positively encourages them.
The Kult Club
Ljubljanska cesta 4, 4260 Bled, Slovenia www.facebook.com/KultBled/
In the shopping centre building but with a door onto the main road, this bar is for everyone one during the day but in the evening is much more for younger people. It is frequently used as a music venue. It is comfortable and plays a loud (but not too loud) music soundtrack during the day. On a hot day, it is cool and shaded inside.
I like the traditional bar features, the “at the movies” theme. There is an efficient service and a pretty good beer list, too. Kult
I’ve not been there (and am unlikely to be there) in the evenings when the beat heats up. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for event announcements.
The George Best Back Bar
Grajska cesta 21a, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
This is an off the beaten track sports bar favoured by backpackers and adventure holiday makers during the summer. In the winter when the tourists are gone it is an after-work pub for locals. It is named after the Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer George Best and consequently attracts supporters of both of those teams. It is a good basic bar and one of my regular haunts.
[New review] This is a hostel and sports bar, but regardless of when I visit the clientele is almost always Slovene, locals, people taking time away from work. Each year there seem to be fewer examples of George Best memorabilia. Last year the Holywood Northern Ireland Supporters Club framed poster had gone, this year the small George Best mural is painted over. There is a (commercially available) print marking George’s funeral. As I leave I see a clock and pictures of London busses and Big Ben, something I cannot account for in this themed bar. The eclectic 1970s to 1990s rock sound track has been replaced by Slovenia’s Radio 1. Change comes but losing the sports and in particular George Best and Manchester United theme to this bar would be a loss to Bled.
The beer is as it was, though and a good range – mainly lager. This is a pub with no pretentious. A plain bar for plain people. I love it, regardless. And soon it will be the nearest pub to the new car and coach park.
Bar Planinček
Prešernova cesta 11, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
This is a little bar and café hidden in plain sight between a bakery and the fire station (gasilski dom). It is small but perfectly formed. Although I have been inside, I more often have a beer outside, this is not a hot spot for tourism and that makes it a very welcoming and pleasant place to visit. Simple: beer (least expensive in town, possibly), coffee, snacks.
Pub Bled (Troha Pub)
cesta Svobode 19a, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 26 22
Adjacent to the shopping centre this is a quiet and dark during the day often turning into a party pub in the evening. One of its advantages is that it is darker than most places in Bled, dark wood panels, dark wood tables, dark wood bar. The lights are low and not a lot of sunshine gets in. In other words, for many of us who have visited more than our fair share of bars, this is simply a pub. If you desire the sun, the light and the heat there is a small area outside where you can also smoke.
Devil Bar
cesta Svobode 15, 4260 4260 Bled, Slovenia
A large terrace outside and a large interesting interior. Once again, a place to escape on a hot afternoon. An enthusiastically loud party pub at night at the height of the summer. Inside it is beautiful; dark wood, high vaulted arched ceilings, tasteful décor. There is an extensive drinks menu, and attractively loud and active in the evenings.
Rock Bar
Ljubljanska cesta 5 Bled, Slovenia Phone +386 41 622 526 Facebook https://en-gb.facebook.com/ROCKROCKROCKbarbled/
The “Bikers Welcome” sign is at the door. Opening at 6:00 am, Rock Bar can be quiet during the day, although when town is busy, it is busy, too. Evening and night time is when this place comes to life. As you would expect the crowd is young(er) but not exclusively young and music is an important attraction. It is at the edge of the parking area and near the Sports Hall Bled (Športna dvorana Bled) complex.
Tiger Bar (Stari Tiger)
Cesta svobode 2, Bled, Slovenia Phone +386 31 674 901
Facebook www.facebook.com/Tiger-bar-403727413047872/
Almost opposite the bus station this is a cheap, cheerful bar with good fast service, a range of authentic Slovenian and central European food. Most of the seating and service is outside under shady chestnut trees.
It is among the earliest opening bars and restaurants in Bled with morning coffee served from 6:00 am and closes at midnight.
If you are going to eat there (and are a meat eater) focus on the local specialities like ćevapčići – skinless meat sausage. It tastes better than that description.
Dnevni Bar Škrbina
Cesta svobode 1, Bled, 4260 Bled
Flags of world may flutter around the terrace of this classic Bled bar, but it is not a sophisticated tourist pub. But it is friendly and welcoming. It is close to the bus. 0.5l of Union is €2.40 a bela kava €1.80 about what you would expect to pay. It’s a bar for locals. It is a perfectly decent place. If you are fed up with fellow tourists and want a quiet break from them, this is worth considering.
Krčma Bar
Cesta svobode 8a, Bled 4260, Slovenia Phone +386 70 732 799
Krčma Bar is in the square with Hotel Jelovica on one side, the cycle hire and the phone shops on the other, looking out at the hotel coach park and beyond that the bus station and Pri Planincu. The terrace is comfortable and roomy. Inside more intimate. The welcome warm and genuine. But it is comparatively expensive. A half-litre bottle of Lašco at €2.80 (€2.20 in George Best) one wonders why? If you prefer coffee, €2.30 for a Bela Kava (flat white) which is €1.80 around the corner. Perhaps it’s better value for money in the evening when a younger party loving crowd can be found there. (Prices May 2018) Best pizza
Pizza is very popular in Slovenia, and not just among tourists. The pizzerias (sometimes spelt the Slovenian way, picerija) I have been to in Bled and Ljubljana are of a very high standard, I’ve never had a disappointing pizza, so this list might be a little redundant. However, there is more to a pizza than a base and topping. The place where you eat and the service that you get can make all the difference. These 5 suggestions are not the only places to get pizza in Bled, but they are places “hand on heart” that I can recommend. Each have extensive menus with dozens of toppings to choose from. You will always be able to buy excellent pizza in Bled for between €8 and €10.
Pri Planincu Pizza
Grajska cesta 8, 4260 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 16 13 www.pri-planincu.com
You might have already noted I have nominated Pri Planincu as my favourite bar. It’s also on the list for favourite restaurants for Slovenian food. It happens to be one of my favourite places overall. Even travel writers have favourite places. The restaurant is upstairs, traditionally Alpine with wood panelling and wooden decorations. There are dozens of toppings, beer at a reasonable price and great service. There is a small terrace open in the good weather. This is a family friendly place where English, German and Italian are spoken or understood.
Pizzeria Gallus
Ljubljanska cesta 4, Bled 4260, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 32 99 www.pizzeriagallus.si/
This is as good a pizzeria as anywhere. From the terrace on the second floor of the shopping centre you can look out at the activity below. Inside it is cool and comfortable. The prices compare well with all the other pizzerias in Bled, the variety of toppings excellent and the base size, generous.
Picerija Briksen
Ljubljanska cesta 5, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 40 652 995 www.pizzerijabriksen.com
You will find Briksen at the Sports Hall. I have only ever been inside to order and to pay; almost everyone eats outside under the shade of the big umbrellas. It is a sunny spot almost all day. You will find a good selection of toppings. Look out for a special celebration pizza for the Slovenia hockey team’s performance at Sochi winter Olympics. In addition to pizza there are burgers, sandwiches.
Pizzeria Rustika
Riklijeva cesta 13, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 576 89 00 www.pizzeria-rustika.si
Rustika has a very good reputation and is often said to make the best pizza in Bled. I don’t agree, I’m not sure there is a “best”. Here the cooking is very good, the pizzas first class. You will not be disappointed. The restaurant is a little away from the town centre, up the hill towards St. Martin’s church. It is particularly cosy in the colder days of autumn and winter. It has a delivery service. Recommended restaurants
You will find most if not all the restaurants in Bled offer local dishes. Sometimes there will be modern twists on traditional cooking. A few specialise in traditional – some might say “hearty” – dishes which satisfy the most voracious appetite. The area is rich in fresh easily sourced ingredients. It’s a safe guess that noting you eat will have travelled very far.
At the end of this chapter there are examples of some of local specialities. Let’s start with my top 10 restaurants
Public & Vegan Kitchen Bled
Ljubljanska cesta 4, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 70 270 712
In a shaded, slightly secluded corner of the main shopping centre, you will find Bled’s only vegan restaurant. In 2014 a very small vegan place called Zaziv opened offering vegan burgers. Public Kitchen opened before Zaziv moved to Ljubljana full time.
While you will find food suitable for vegetarians in almost every restaurant in Bled, Open Kitchen is the only place dedicated specifically to vegans. The main offering is vegan burgers. Choose one of four patties, then one of four breads, then the sauce.
Forget what you know about fast food burger joints. The chef will not begin to build your burger until you order. I use the word “build” advisedly. In the basket delivered to your table, a burger as high as it is wide. A diameter of about six inches and a height of at least four inches. The salad is crunchy fresh, the patty warm when it arrives. Ask for knife and fork … and extra napkins. You are about to do battle.
I am a meat eater, but meat or no meat this is a first-class burger. You do not need to be a vegan to appreciate it.
Beside me an elderly American couple are finishing their salad and arranging to collect a picnic tomorrow morning, and perhaps bring more of their favourite salads with them to eat on the flight home at the weekend.
Good food, well priced. Closed Mondays Opens 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm
Pri Planincu
Grajska cesta 8, 4260 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 16 13 www.pri-planincu.com
Yes, this is the same Pri Planincu featured in Best Bar and Best Pizza, and no they are not paying for favourable reviews nor feeding me for free. It just happens this is my favourite place. The restaurant is old and a bit faded – that’s why I like it. The food is traditional Slovenian homemade fare and is consistently good (I’ve been eating there for over 20 years.) If your grandmother was from Carniola, this is what her home would be like … possibly. It is excellent for budget travellers, but you find plenty of people arriving in expensive cars eating there too. It is also a favourite of locals.
Finefood – Penzion Berc
Želeška cesta 15, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 18 38 www.penzion-berc.si/si
The Berc family run the Hotel Garni Berc (Luka’s property) and Pension Berc (Miha’s place). Both, rightly, score outstanding reviews for their accommodation and hospitality. Pension Berc has one of the best restaurants in Bled. It is a special place, a restaurant to treat yourself.
It is relaxed and semi-formal, that is to say the waiting staff professional and formal, and guests are more relaxed informal. We are sitting in a group of four tables and before long, the young couple from the Netherlands, the Canadian couple and the retirees from California are swapping stories with us about what they have done today, where they have come from, what their plans are.
The food is outstanding. You have a choice between the €46, 4 course tasting menu and the a la carte. Specialities include fish (on our visit sea bass, bream and trout), Istrian pastas, Angus beef, game medallions, light soups. All beautifully cooked and presented.
The Slovene wine list includes white, red, orange and fizz. The waiter will give you advice if you need it.
One final thought: pumpkin oil. If you have not tried it, do.
Outstanding. Dober tek
cesta Svobode 8, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 8381-0584 www.ostarija-babjizob.si/en
Two years elapsed between my first and second visit to this restaurant. It was good the first time and even better the second.
The restaurant is named after the great rock by the Jelovice plateau “Babji zob” or “Old hag’s tooth”. It has narrowed its menu of simple food, with lots of Balkan grill and very large portions, to something more sophisticated, better quality, better service, better atmosphere. Ostarija-Restaurant Babji Zob has shifted up a gear while keeping excellent value for money.
In the summer time the terrace is busy and in the winter the bar-restaurant is warm, cosy and welcoming. The reduced menu focuses more on the quality of cooking and presentation. There are several small “rooms” inside where people site close together and the result is a marvellous atmosphere.
On a cold winter’s evening it is a welcoming and warm place to visit for a beer or a bowl on mushroom soup.
Restaurant Sova Bled
cesta Svobode 37, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Reservations: +386 59 132 100 www.restavracija-sova.com
The Sova restaurant is about to enter its third year in its present location in Mlino on the southern shore of Lake Bled, a 25-minute walk from the town centre. Sova is in an old bar and before becoming a very good restaurant was a pizzeria with a good Slovenian home-made style of cooking.
The standard of cuisine has been elevated and while the restaurant still looks like pretty standard bar, the food is outstanding. Modern Slovenian cooking takes place behind the bar in a small kitchen. The staff are very helpful especially choosing the right wines and guiding you through the occasionally slightly obscure menu.
It is a mid-range price but very good cooking and an interesting menu. I often choose the Sova Krožnik. It is similar to a Balkan grill, but more sophisticated.
Pension Mlino
cesta Svobode 45, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 14 04 www.mlino.si
Pension Mlino is a beautiful building and busy restaurant, bar and B&B. Here you find traditional Slovenian hospitality, excellent traditional Slovenian food and the day’s soundtrack is traditional Gorenjska music playing in the background.
There is more than one restaurant in the building, but the bar is the place to drop in for a drink or food. You will find it directly opposite the pletna pier in Mlino. This is where the pletnar, who row passengers to the island, gather after their shift.
This is another personal favourite for lunch, dinner or just a bowl of mushroom soup on a cold day. In summer, it can become very busy as the tour bus passengers disembark at that point.
If you are a couple and like fish, the fish feast is one of the best items on the menu.
Gostilna Murka
Riklijeva cesta 9, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 33 www.gostilna-murka.com
If you like traditional, there are fewer more traditional places than this. It was established in 1906 in the old part of town. The restaurant is light, with plenty of room. The service is pitch perfect. It has a good reputation for traditional cooking and entertainment. A simple Slovenian dinner will be inexpensive. The restaurant is “in the round” and is bright and airy on a warm evening.
Oštarija Peglez’n
cesta Svobode 19, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 42 18
Oštarija Peglez’n, close to the shopping centre and opposite the Restavracija Panorama, will always be on the short list of best places to eat in Bled, unless something drastic happens. And in the years that I have been going, it has only got better. One evening, walking past I noticed a queue to get in. A rare event in Bled.
In the summer on the small terrace the sunlight streams in as it begins its descent behind the Julian Alps. Large blinds are lowered and even though you are just a few steps from a main road, you feel removed from the busy street. Inside the main restaurant the décor is traditional Slovenian home kitchen.
Before we visited, people had recommended Oštarija Peglez’n for the fish. Yes, sure, but the menu is all good and reliable. The service is great. If you are new to Slovenia and want to try some Slovenian wine with dinner, this the place to ask advice.
Always a favourite.
Ljubljanska cesta 8, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 14 58 www.okarina.com/en/ Opening hours: Seasonal – 12 noon –11 pm not open year-round.
Another favourite with visitors and locals. There has been an Okarina restaurant in Bled for more than 30 years, starting in a different building to the one now established on the busy road in the centre of town. The restaurant shares its name with and is responsible for the world/ethno music festival held annually in Bled.
Brightly decorated with superb paintings, good service and a style unique in Bled.
You should expect, in addition to the usual, good vegetarian food and spicy Indian food. Leo the owner is a vegetarian who visits India every year. Paul McCartney ate there, he liked it.
Peking Chinese Restaurant
Ulica narodnih herojev 3, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 17 16
I have walked past this restaurant so many times and each time thought about dropping in. It’s large terrace almost always has customers at tables all through the day and always in the evening. My focus in Slovenia has been to find Slovenian food. I love Chinese food but going there seemed to be a slight distraction. I resisted one evening recently and I am mighty glad I did.
I went for the terribly predictable sweet and sour chicken. At least I had something to compare it with. The taste was different to what I am used to. St home the “sour” tends towards citric, here it was different, a deeper taste. The fried rice had macedoine of peas and carrots mixed in (and was priced separately) the chicken dumplings were generous in size and quantity. It was on the expensive side. Had I ordered the steamed rice the difference in cost would have been noticeable.
Excellent. Next, 6 of the best of the rest
Vila Prešeren
Veslaška promenada 14, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 575 25 10 www.villa-preseren.com/
On a sunny day the open-air terrace is busy with tourists and locals sitting beside one of the best spots on the lake shore. No more than a patch of grass and a pathway separates Vila Prešeren from the lake. In the summer evenings, musicians play. Drop by for coffee after shopping or a beer after a walk around the lake which can turn into a full-scale lunch or even dinner. Coffee, cakes and drinks are good. Lunch – often specialities from Bled and Slovenia – is one of the best in the town. Although I’ve never been to dinner, the menu would suggest this is not a place for people on a tight budget. During the summer Taste Bled festival, Vila Prešeren is probably one of the best places to go to try traditional Bled and Slovenian cooking.
Restavracija Vila Ajda Dax
cesta Svobode 27, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 576 83 20 www.vila-ajda.si/
Vila Ajda is one of the grand houses built in the 18th and early 19th century that are dotted around Lake Bled. It is now one of the best restaurants in Bled used by visitors and locals alike. For the last seven years, it has been run by Vlado Dakskobler, “Everybody calls me Dax.”
The food is strongly Slovenian and Carniolan. The menu ranges from the humble struklji (one of the most characteristic everyday Slovenian dishes, usually made from cottage cheese rolled-up in dough) and Balkan meats like čevapčići (grilled minced beef), and ražnjići (skewered meats) through to chateaubriand. But Dax points out jelenov medaljon (deer medallions) as one of the highlights for him.
And the menu – which changes four times a year to reflect the season – uses ingredients and dishes from the wider geographical area with Italian and Austrian taking their place. Some dishes are from very specific areas such as Mojstrana and Dvoje, villages in the Alps between Bled and Kranjska Gora.
If it is on the menu, try a house special; pečene ripsi reba brez maščobe (literally ribs and veal shank baked without fat). It is served with roast vegetables – with a slight bite – in a pan which is at lunchtime probably enough for two people. Slovenian portions are often extremely generous.
The house wine here is Erzetic, a family owned winery in Goriška Brda.
Vrtnarija – Garden Village
cesta Gorenjskega odreda 16, 4260 Bled. Phone: +386 (0) 838 99 221 www.gardenvillagebled.com/
The ‘Greenhouse’ restaurant at Garden Village boasts “Slovenian Cuisine Vrtnarija – fresh from our garden to your plate.”
Vrtnarija is among the most interesting and innovative restaurants in Bled. Situated in Mlino about 200m from the lake, it creates its own style bringing the outside, inside. The Garden Village “glamping” site opened in 2014 and the restaurant is part of this new development.
Yes, that is real grass growing (and carefully tended) on the tables – bringing a whole new meaning to “Surf and Turf” (as if they served anything so ordinary). And that is little stream running through the restaurant and a tiny foot bridge to cross it. The first time we ate there was just a simple lunch – sandwich and a glass of wine by the pool. It was terrific.
The second time we visited was with a couple of local VIPs and we had the Chef’s Tasting Menu. It was delicious. The food is unmistakably Slovenian – but modern and looks as good as it tastes, and the bill matches the high standard.
Restavracija Grill
Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec Ljubljanska 6 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 (0) 4 620 41 26 www.grill-bled.com/
The Grill serves some very good food. It is unlikely that you will be disappointed. We have only been there twice. The service was efficient.
Hint: better in than out. With the town’s shopping centre and car park to one side and the busy main road to another, this is not the quietest or most romantic spot in Bled. Inside is a lot more comfortable.
The BBQ burgers, while not prominent on the menu, have some lovely regional twists. The burgers are usually one of the features of the Taste of Bled exhibition held during the summer. The meat for the patties, the chef told me, is sourced from a nearby farm.
There is a strong traditional Slovenian theme to their menu. Each Thursday, from 15 June to 21 September at 7:00 pm they hold a Slovenian speciality event. Their example menu prices are mid-range.
Vila Bled
cesta Svobode 26, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone +386 (0) 4 575 37 10 www.brdo.si/en/vila-bled/vila-bled
Vila Bled has had an interesting history. Before the building that sits on the land now, there was a grand castle. It was pulled down – reports from the time said the men working on the site had tears in their eyes as they destroyed the building. Vila Bled was built after WWII and was summer home of President Tito. After Slovenia’s independence, it became a hotel – part of a French chain – and is now owned by the Slovenian government.
The hotel gets all the reviews – and generally very high scores. The restaurant tends to be overlooked by reviewers. Yes, it is expensive, one of a clutch of restaurants in Bled that might put a dent in your credit card. Overall, Slovenia is not an expensive place to dine and, in that context, Vila Bled is expensive. Yet compared with a similar standard restaurant in most European capitals, it is very good value.
If you are on a budget but want the experience, try lunch on the terrace on a sunny afternoon. The views are stunning – island, church, castle, pletna, St Martin’s, and the edge of town. We love it. Even if you are not planning to use the restaurant, Vila Bled should be on your list of places to see. The extensive grounds are open to the public and are very pleasant for an amble. Parts, beyond the Belvedere Café are now abandoned and overgrown, including what I am told was once a private zoo.
Inside the hotel there is a small display of photos of world leaders who stayed there during Tito’s time along with Tito’s desk. Today some world leaders still stay at the hotel; Bled is often the venue for major regional political events including Bled Strategic Forum.
Park Restaurant and Café
cesta Svobode 15, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 579 18 18 bit.ly/2BpUjXP [Sava Hotels website]
This is the home of the legendary Bled Cream Cake which is celebrated here when the town’s summer season officially begins. Yes, a cream cake party. Often in the evening during the summer, there is live music.
The terrace views are great; the castle, the lake and the island. The seating is comfortable and the atmosphere outside is very pleasant. You are seated and served quickly. The staff are usually friendly, and efficient. However, in recent years, they have become stretched and while your order arrives quickly it can take time attracting attention to get your bill before you leave. If you are not staying long, ask for your bill with your order.
When it is busy I prefer to sit inside the restaurant. The coffee is good, the lunchtime sandwiches are good and reasonably priced. You still have the views from behind the glass. On a hot day, it is a good place to escape to.
During the winter season, the terrace becomes an ice rink where families gather to skate and take hot chocolate (vroča čokolada) and mulled wine (kuhano vino). Finally, still on my Wish List
This is not “the best of the rest”, because I know that many below are outstanding and could top any list. But, I have not been to any of them and can’t give a firsthand account.
Penzion Mayer
Želeška cesta 7, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 576 57 40 www.mayer-sp.si/
Close to Hotel Garni Berc (which is consistently voted best place to stay in Bled – I’ve stayed; it is). Like its neighbour Pension Berc, it has an outstanding reputation and is in a beautiful setting away from all the crowds and the lake and near the Rikli Balance (formerly Golf) Hotel. Without having tried, I can still recommend that you do, simply based on their reputation.
Restaurant 1906
Hotel Triglav, Kolodvorska 33, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 (0)4 575 26 10 www.hoteltriglavbled.si/en/restavracija-1906-bled
High above Bled overlooking almost the whole lake from Triglav Hotel. Modern Slovenian cooking and Slovenian wines. It has an outstanding reputation. I did one have a very good lunch there and, on that basis, would recommend it. The hotel and restaurant are both used by Bled and Slovenian rowing teams for VIP visitors, so that must be a recommendation itself.
Topolino Restaurant
Ljubljanska cesta 26, Bled 4260, Slovenia
Phone: +386 4 574 17 81
It is really not far out of town; mere few minutes’ walk. Yet it remains on my wish list. You always have to have something to look forward to.
Bled Castle Restaurant
Grajska cesta 61, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 620 34 4 bit.ly/2CR02lG [restaurant website]
The Caste Restaurant has the reputation of being one of the top restaurants in all of Slovenia. There is no question that it has the best view.
Astoria Hotel Restaurant Address: Prešernova cesta 44, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 579 44 00
There are plenty of hotel restaurants, but this one is special as it is recommended by sports people and it is the training restaurant for the Bled hotel and catering college.
Restavracija Arbor
Ljubljanska cesta 4, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 574 30 33 www.arborbled.si/about-arbor
In the shopping centre this looks like a very attractive simple restaurant with a big choice of Slovenian and Mediterranean food on a well-priced menu. I notice they do pizza. It is on my list of places to test.
Restavracija Julijana
Toplice Hotel cesta Svobode 12, 4260 Bled, Slovenia Phone: +386 4 579 10 00 bit.ly/2BRlhHf [restaurant website]
I have not had dinner or lunch here, but if you are feeling flush, they do a splendid breakfast before 9.30 am
The Toplice is at the high-end of the high-end. It is luxuriously decorated, how I imagine a Viennese drawing room might be decorated. You can go into look around the public rooms or take coffee. If you do, check out the display cabinet with photos of many political and entertainment celebrities, royalty, and other notables. Insider Knowledge
Donald and Melania Trump at Toplice Hotel Restaurant
Sitting in Penzion Mlino after a particularly good dinner, we were chatting with our young waiter. We had got to know many of the staff well during our stay on the south shore of Lake Bled. “You know,” said the waiter pointing at one of his colleagues. “He was once President Trump’s butler.” The older man, who served dishes with the grace of an orchestral conductor, sensed he was the subject of the conversation. He joined the conversation.
As most people know by now, the US First Lady, Melania Trump is from Slovenia. What might be less well known is that she is no stranger to Bled. It is understood that this is where she began her modelling career. The local story has it that there was once a garment factory just outside the town – around where the new Mercator has been built. The owners occasionally hired her to model their products. Two years before she married Donald Trump, the couple made a quick trip to Slovenia to meet Melania’s parents.
The then Mr. Trump and Melania landed at the airport and were swiftly transported to the Toplice Grand Hotel in the centre of Bled, overlooking the lake. It is a place where royalty – including Prince Charles – has stayed and where politicians and leading business people stay during the Bled Strategic Forum.
“Yes.” A friend whose family goes back for generations in Bled told me, “I saw them on the terrace.”
The waiter in the Penzion Mlino who had joined us was working in the Toplice at the time. He had been appointed the visiting party’s personal butler for the visit. He pulls out his phone to proudly show me a photograph of the Trump party and himself.
Within three hours of landing, he tells me, they were back at Brnik airport and departing Slovenia. Beyond Bled
Zatrnik-Hrnica 82, 4247 Zg. Gorje Phone: +386 599 60272 www.gostilna-zatrnik.si/
This is really something different. If you are a hiker, you might just come across this fascinating place on your walks. You could drive by on your way to or from Pokljuka. On the road, almost in the middle of nowhere (it is in fact near quite a lot of places, but somehow seems remote) this restaurant is famous for its hog roast. Suckling pig on a spit, very large helpings. Not a place to bring a vegetarian. Superb, rustic, authentic. Check the website for directions and menus [ www.gostilna-zatrnik.si/ ]. “Too much info. Decide for me, Davy!”
It is obvious, but there is too much to choose from. If we met on the bus to Bled from Ljubljana and wanted my immediate suggestions, I would ask a few questions first, such as where you are staying. In Mlino I have no hesitation recommending Sova and Pension Mlino, for example. If you really want to treat yourself, Vila Bled.
But let’s suppose you are going to be around Bled centre and only have a couple of days to visit. Here are my personal suggestions for 2018.
Quick coffee: Both Caffe Peglez’n and Art Café.
Restaurants: Either Oštarija Babji zob or Oštarija Peglez’n.
Pizza: Pri Planincu or Gallus
Pub: This is more difficult. What’s really missing in Bled is a specialist beer and craft beer pub. Kult and Pri Planincu are my suggestions. Kult especially in the evening.
Top end restaurant: If you want to spoil yourself or someone else, I suggest Bled Castle restaurant or Pension Berc.
Specialist: Public Kitchen and Okarina for vegetarians and vegans. The Best in Slovenia
In December 2017, French Publication La Liste published the best restaurants in Slovenia. Around 1000 of the top restaurants from around the world are listed each year. The 2017/2018 list includes 5 restaurants from Slovenia.
The best Slovenian restaurant in their estimation is the Gostinstvo Mak in Maribor under the direction of chef David Vračko. Osojnikova ulica 20, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia. Phone: +386 2 620 00 53 www.restavracija-mak.si/
The list included
Šmartinska cesta 55, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. Phone: +386 1 521 15 15, www.cubo-ljubljana.com/en
Dam in Nova Gorica, Ulica Vinka Vodopivca 24, 5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Phone: +386 5 333 11 47, www.restavracija-dam.si
JB Restaurant (chef Janez Bratovž) Ljubljana Miklošičeva 19 SI-1000 Ljubljana, Phone: +386 1 430 70 70 info@jb-slo.com, jb-slo.com/en/
Hiša Franko led by one of Slovenia’s greatest chefs Ana Roš, Staro selo 1, 5222 Kobarid, Slovenia, Phone: +386 5 389 4120, info@hisafranko.com, www.hisafranko.com/en

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My indian culture my love

April 27, 2019 CULTURE OF INDIA The culture of India refers collectively to the thousands of distinct and unique culture of all religions and communities present in India . India’s languages , religions , dance , music , architecture , food ,languages and customs differ from place to place within the country. Indian culture , often labeled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old. Many elements of India’s diverse culture, such as Indian religions , philosophy , cuisine , languages , martial arts , dance , music and movies have a profound impact across the indosphere , Greater India and the world. – Prashant verma

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Day 2 at New Orleans Jazz Fest: Sunshine and Santana

ABC News Network | © 2019 ABC News Internet Ventures. All rights reserved. Day 2 at New Orleans Jazz Fest: Sunshine and Santana By kevin mcgill, associated press NEW ORLEANS — Apr 26, 2019, 2:50 PM ET 0 Shares Star The Associated Press Ralph Johnson, from left, Verdine White, B. David Whitworth, and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) 0 Shares Email The prospect of Sunshine and Santana were welcome on the second day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. There had been some disappointments in the run-up to the 50th annual Jazz Fest. Both the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac had to cancel for health reasons. Storms then delayed Thursday’s opening, though not for long: By closing time, fans were two-stepping in the mud and a huge crowd was on hand for Earth, Wind & Fire. The muddy dancing resumed Friday — intense sunshine couldn’t bake away the water that had drenched the site a day earlier. No matter, people in boots and flip flops couldn’t resist as Zydeco wailed from the Fais-do-do stage. Meanwhile, stirring gospel rang out from one tent, traditional jazz from another and rock from other stages while people lined up at food booths to feast on Louisiana favorites like gumbo and crawfish or a variety of international cuisines. This has been, in part, a festival for reminiscing. George Porter Jr., a bassist and founding member of the celebrated New Orleans funk band The Meters, remembered playing at the first Jazz Fest in 1970. Instead of the infield at the sprawling Fair Grounds Race Course it took place at a park near the French Quarter. Instead of hundreds of thousands, it drew an estimated 300-350. “That’s all they had room for,” Porter joked during a wide ranging discussion of his life, music and technique on a stage in the race course’s grand stand. He was to take another stage later for more music and less talk with Foundations of Funk, a project that teams him with fellow The Meters founder Zigaboo Modeliste and members of New Orleans’ musical Neville family. Friday’s forecast called for warm, dry weather for the dozens of acts playing on 10 stages, with Santana closing out a main stage in the evening. Other highlights included Grammy winner Terence Blanchard at the WWNO Jazz Tent and home-grown R&B artist P.J. Morton, known for his solo work and his keyboarding with Maroon 5. NOT JUST MUSIC Gumbo. It’s a signature Louisiana dish and the version served up every year at Jazz Fest by Prejean’s Restaurant of Lafayette — savory, tender pieces of quail and pheasant with bits of andouille sausage, all drenched in a rich brown roux — draws long lines every day. So do booths featuring other Louisiana cuisine — including oyster rockefeller bisque, red beans and rice and any number of dishes featuring crawfish, which are in season these days. But just as Jazz Fest isn’t only about jazz, the food offerings are international in scope: Cuban, Mexican, Middle-Eastern, Asian. For the non-adventurousness, there are old fashioned hot dogs available from vendors pushing Lucky Dog carts. And, at the Kids Tent, a vendor who knows her market features peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. NOT JUST FOOD AND MUSIC Remnants of an 1850s-era wooden boat that craftsman Tom Colvin salvaged from a Louisiana river sat just outside a pavilion where Colvin was displaying boat-building techniques. Nearby Charles Robin was trimming a shrimp net. Tradition is baked into his life. He’s an eighth-generation fisherman. And he’s been attending Jazz Fest for close to 25 years, since he was a child, showing off the tools of his trade and his Spanish heritage. “It’s about arts and crafts, peoples’ livelihood,” he said. “There’s a lot of good information to be learned here.” At another arts booth, Demond Melancon was selling art derived from his life as Big Chief of the Young Seminole Hunters — part of the generations old Mardi Gras Indian tradition — a blending of African American and Native American artistry said to date back to the days of slavery. “It’s a gumbo of cultures,” he said. His most prominent display: the intricately beaded, richly colored “apron” that was part of his 2016 costume — a wearable mosaic displaying the image of an African prince. 0 Shares

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Club Mahindra Reviews – Dwarka Resort

Revati Nargund Experiences – Apr 26, 2019
Once home to the magnificent kingdom of Lord Krishna, Dwarka is also known as the City of Gold. Its fascinating history takes you back to the 1500s- to a place where your imagination finds no boundaries. Legend has it that an enormous flood engulfed Dwarka after the demise of Lord Krishna and the Yadav Dynasty, and the city was lost to the depths of the ocean.
Today’s Dwarka is located at the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula, at the mouth of the Gomti River. According to Hindu culture, it is believed that Mirabai merged with Krishna’s idol here, inside the holy boundaries of the Dwarkhadeesh Temple. Popular locations that are held in high regard in the Hindu faith, like the Char Dham and Sapta Puris are also situated here. Hence, this attracts swarms of tourists and pilgrims throughout the year, particularly during the festivities of Janmashtami. Given Dwarka’s rich history and culture, tourism in the area is extremely popular.
Where to Stay in Dwarka, Gujarat
As one of the most popular resorts in Gujarat, Club Mahindra Dwarka promises the best of the Gujarat experience on your family vacation. Located close to NH8, it ensures easy transport access to all parts of India. Well-connected roads also allow you to visit all the major destinations within the city.
In the resort, you’ll find several amenities, including a world-class restaurant for you to enjoy the delicious local cuisine. Their purely vegetarian meal service offers Gujarati, North-Indian, and Chinese delicacies. The Gujarati Thali is particularly popular here, as is the famous Khichdi. Among other Gujarati snacks that are among the favourites here include the Khaman Dhokla, Thepla, Khandvi, and Khakra. Comfortable rooms at Club Mahindra Dwarka- one of the best resorts in Gujarat- ensure a tranquil stay. You could even enjoy a splash in the swimming pool to beat the summer heat. There’s a spacious gymnasium available for guests with every modern equipment. Your Club Mahindra membership also includes unlimited Wi-Fi access and room service. The staff takes every care to look after your family and attend to every need.
The resort is also an exciting place for nature lovers, who can avail of the seven-island tour. Remember to ask the resort manager for assistance if something like this interests you. Those with a Club Mahindra membership are also offered a chance to take part in an enthralling scuba-diving adventure.
Club Mahindra Dwarka Resort Reviews
Take a look at some Club Mahindra reviews from satisfied guests –
“The hotel was good as Mahindra’s other properties but this property small in an area. Otherwise, food was good, staff was supportive, you can say the best hotel in Dwarka. It’s only three kilometres away from the Dwarkadhish temple.”
-Vishal S
“We stayed in this property for two nights. The hotel is new and very well maintained. It very close to Dwarka temple. The ambience of the hotel is very good including the surroundings. The food and service were good.”
-Mangal
“We had a wonderful time at the resort. The hospitality of the staff was excellent. My surprise birthday celebration was planned very well with nice decorations and a cake. Thanks to Rahul, Akash, Pradeep, Laxman, and Rajesh, chef Indrakumar, Sushma and Nilesh. Since the resort in started less than a year back, some facilities like spa etc. are yet to be operational but all other services are very good. The resort is located around 7 km from the Dwarka. Hence one has to depend on services of the travel desk and the same will add to cost unless you have your own vehicle.”
-pmbaride
At Club Mahindra, guests are treated like royalty. The next time you plan a trip to Dwarka, choose Club Mahindra Dwarka Resort in Gujarat, one of the most scenic resorts in Gujarat for a memorable trip. A Club Mahindra membership is all you need to start with- Remember to check for more Club Mahindra reviews online for further details. Offer

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