And I’m getting near the 30s as well! :) Birthdays are my favorites because they are one of the rare occasions that bring me and Alen to the city centre together. I’ve never lived in Ljubljana, but have been in the centre almost every day since highschool, which was almost 13 years ago. In recent years, a walk through and a pleasant lunch have become a lovely ritual we both appreciate greatly <3
After our morning coffee, we went to Zoofoa, a Slovenian store offering jewellery, clothing and accessories made by Slovenian designers, where I bought a cute pair of earrings by Mancca (these, but I love this golden pair as well!). I actually decided to start buying some clothes made by Slovenian designers because I got tired of completely stuffed shelves and crowds in larger clothing stores. It’s important to support Slovenian designers, whether they sell fashion, jewellery, food, furniture or anything else. We can buy so many great things that are made in Slovenia in a sustainable way, but then we invest our energy and time into industries that are known for their bad practices. In a way, this commitment is a gift to myself and the society for the future :)
And then it was time for lunch! We went to Shambala for the first time – I always eat their curry at Odprta kuhna and finally wanted to visit their restaurant. You can enter their premises from one of the oldest and prettiest streets in Ljubljana, i.e. the Križevniška ulica between the City Museum and Ljubljanica. If you plan an early lunch as we did, you should know that Shambala opens at 12 o’clock. Although I’m not a prawn lover, we chose grilled Black Tiger prawns with mango sauce as a starter. The marinade was AH-MAZING and they actually tasted great, although I would’ve never ordered them myself. Thai curry was obviously my choice for the main dish (I’m not sure whether it was green or red one) and it was insanely good, but very hot. I’m used to spicy foods as we grow chills at home, but this time it was even too hot for Alen. He wisely chose Pad Thai, which was insanely good and the next time I’ll take it, too! Portions are huge and I promise you won’t leave Shambala hungry. If there was any space left and I was allowed to eat gluten, chocolate soufflé would without any doubt be my choice dessert-wise. My layman’s review: 5/5!
All in all, we had an amazing day. If you have any recommendations for other interesting Asian restaurants in Ljubljana besides those in the city centre, let me know. We both enjoy Asian cuisine and even on trips we quickly find sushi or Asian fusion places (so boring, I know!) ;) Have a nice start to the week <3