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The Žagar family started in the old town centre of Ljubljana and later moved to the village of Skaručna under Šmarna gora, but they have been focusing on the same thing for the last forty years: the well-being of their guests.
This care for their guests' well-being involves the basic things, those which are served on plates and in glasses, as well as the less incidental things, such as a pleasant, enjoyable atmosphere, friendly service and lively music.
Simplicity, because they prefer to perfect their existing menu rather than waste time with inventing endless new dishes. Consistency, because there are no compromises or shortcuts in selecting the ingredients and preparing them. If you drop by to enjoy some cooked ham, you should know that it was salted specially for Skaručna and is saltpetre free; it will be served with strong horseradish grated right at your table. If you order a delicious piece of Notranjska stomach, you will soon find out that it is smoked and cured under strict instructions from the young boss. When it is game season, the meat on your plate will be full of character, fresh from the limitless forest. Skaručna is also renowned for juicy T-bone steaks and beefsteaks, marinated for at least a month before they are grilled on naked flames of burning vine wood. The house specialty is roast ox leg a la Pulinoga, soft as butter and the only one of its kind in Slovenia and abroad. But it is not just oxen – everything that moves and has legs, be it a calf, foal, pig, bear, deer or boar, will eventually find its way to the Skaručna oven, as long as it is in season. Last but not least, Skaručna also offers a beautiful selection of soups, including the all too often neglected brown flour soup. Perhaps you would prefer to start with a steamed and then smoked trout or rustic aspic, but you are certain to finish with at least one slice of grandma’s apple cake or cottage cheese dumplings with honey. Vegetarians will find plenty to enjoy here too, from fresh vegetables to traditional corn flat cake.