Renowned for its haute-cuisine, the white truffle is a Slovenian speciality, especially the white truffle of Alba. The Alba is harvested in Italy's Piemont region
although it also grows naturally in Slovenia and although sold on markets at exclusive prices, it is recommended to taste it directly onsite after harvest. A great place to tease your palate with such refined flavours is the Hisa Torkla restaurant in the village of Korte a few miles from the beautiful town of Piran, not far from Portoroz. The Hisa Torkla is a traditional stone-built farm (inside and out), has a décor that is rustic as well as refined and serves subtly-flavoured meals that simply melt in the mouth. White truffle is presented as thin delicate slices on a plate of zlikrofi (Slovenian raviolis stuffed with fromage frais or vegetable purée). Meals here should set you back about £15 to £20 which is unbeatable, considering white truffle is sold at over £200 per kilo!
© Text: Estelle Mariotte. Photo: Grégory Gérault.