Valentine's Day is fast approaching once again, and although some may brush it off as yet another American capitalism driven perversion of sacred Catholic tradition, its roots as a romantic holiday actually date back to a fellow called Geoffrey Chaucer, aka the author of the Canterbury Tales and the father of English literature.
However, regardless of history, religion, facts and other such inconveniences, at the end of the day the 14th of February represents an opportunity (or perhaps an obligation depending upon whom one speaks to) for men to show their wives, girlfriends, partners, mistresses and/or long-time crushes that they do in fact understand what it means to be romantic.
While we won't even pretend to be capable of offering any sage advice in this department, we have put together a list of Ljubljana's most romantic restaurants for those still looking for an appropriate venue at which to wine-and-dine their special someone. Please also note, that in order to avoid the pressure of deciding exact rankings, the locations below have been listed alphabetically.
This elegant restaurant and wine bar is a great place to enjoy a drink and gourmet nibbles while soaking up the atmosphere of Ljubljana's Old Town - either outside on the narrow cobbled street or inside under the restored red brick ceilings and glowing Edison lights.
2. Gostilna Pri Kolovratu
A Slovene gem opposite the Cathedral and in business for almost 200 years, they offer traditional Ljubljana dishes such as slow-cooked veal and Vodnik salad from the first Slovenian cookbook, just leave some space for their excellent desserts.
3. Hiša Kulinarike Manna
Set in a colourful little house on one of Ljubljana's prettiest streets, Manna offers a divine selection of contemporary Slovene cuisine. Meals are complimented with some tasty homemade desserts and large choice of both Slovene and foreign wines, as well as a sophisticated selection of spirits.
4. Marley & Me
Acres of stripped pine, friendly professional service and one of the best kitchen smells in the city, this intimate bistro-type restaurant comes highly recommended.
5. Monstera Bistro
Bine Volčič, one of the best-known chefs in the country, and his wife Katarina run the lovely little Monstera, cheekily named for the tropical plant that was ubiquitous during Yugoslav times - alluding to the fusion of nostalgic tradition and modernity that is the trademark of Bine's cooking.
6. Sato Bento
Hidden away in Ljubljana's aesthetically-challenged (to put it diplomatically) Ledina Center complex, Sato Bento is not only the best Japanese restaurant in Slovenia, but it's the closest thing you'll get to the Sukiyabashi Jiro experience in Slovenia.
Not only does Shambala's kitchen turn out some of the best (and spiciest) Asian cuisine in Slovenia, but the tranquil, almost meditative, ambience of the place allows you to enjoy your meal in a state of perfect relaxation.
Perched high up in the archer's tower, Ljubljana castle's new restaurant overlooks the city from a grand position. A combination of the Roman Emona, Medieval and modern in terms of both cuisine and ambiance, the menu was created with the help of top ethnology professor Dr Janez Bogataj.
An exceedingly classy affair with chunky, creaking wooden floors, a number of different rustic-feel rooms to eat in and extensive menu of Slovenian and international dishes. It's also located on one of the old town's quaintest, most photogenic streets.
The first Japanese restaurant in Slovenia, the small and intimate Sushimama has lots of little touches beyond the actual food that have long made it one of the best date destinations in town.
And here are a few more restaurant recommendations for the romantically-challenged, just in case.....
Decked out in browns of brick and wood, Atelje is a bar and restaurant with a classy, understated feel, as you’d expect from it being part of the Grand Hotel Union. A short and often changing menu re-imagines classic dishes, all masterfully prepared and beautifully presented
One of Slovenia's first truly world class restaurants when it opened its doors in the centre of Ljubljana some two decades ago, in the years since it hasn't missed a beat, still serving some of the very best Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in the city.
After more than 25 years in the business JB is firmly entrenched as one of the best restaurants in town, with this fine-dining experience coming courtesy of founder and multiple award-winning head chef, Janez Bratovž.
Set along the beautifully redeveloped Breg riverside walk in the old town, Namasté is the longest running Indian restaurant in all of Slovenia, and offers one of Ljubljana's most romantic dining experiences of any flavour - with soft yellow hued lighting, hand-painted walls and a relaxed cosy atmosphere.
This restaurant on the 10th floor of the Nebotičnik building looks like something out of New York in the 1920s (or at least films set in New York in the 1920s). A wooden spiral staircase leads down to the large dining area which has been completely restored from the stone floors to the high recessed ceilings.