Small place located on a square up a little alleyway in center of town. Features a salad bar with both raw as well cooked veggies, and offers rose water and freshly squeezed juices. All vegan as of June 2013. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, Slovenian, Western, Salad bar,Take-out
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First Review by Stevie
Anyaaa
Anyaaa
  • vegan
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+36

Ajdovo zrno

5 Posted on 09 / 03 / 2014

They change the specials daily so each time there is new tasty dish to try. You get organic salad, soup, main meal and dessert for just 7.50 € and students get discount (30%). The food there is always very tasty and healthy. The only con is the closing time, which is at 5 pm.

Pros: Friendly staff, fast service, Organic, Different specials every day
Cons: closing time is at 5
Veganmaniac
Veganmaniac
  • vegan
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+36

Average vegan restaurant near city center

3 Posted on 01 / 04 / 2014

The restaurant is very close to the center and is open for just 7 hours a day. I had a meal which comprised of Jota (beans, sauerkraut, potatoes), pumpkin soup (very dilute), chocolate cake (hard and not the best I've had). They also have a decent salad bar. You can also have smoothies or coffee with one of these milks - dairy, soy, rice. It is a very quiet restaurant. I would personally skip it for Falafel or Piknik restaurants which are located on the same street a couple blocks away.

Pros: Salad bar, Smoothies, coffee, and drinks, Decent Slovenian food
Cons: Open for just 7 hours a day
rhelune
rhelune
  • vegan
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+107

Hearty comfort food

5 Posted on 09 / 21 / 2013

I ate there twice, while it was still a non-vegan restaurant. They had vegan and vegetarian daily menu. The salad bar was impressive: fresh vegetables, several kinds of cooked cereals (and pseudo-cereals), several kinds of cooked vegetables, several kinds of cooked pulses, vegetable crisps (beetroot, carrot, courgette). Only a few items in the salad bar weren't vegan.

The first time I ate there the vegan daily meal was red bell pepper stuffed with buckwheat (Ajdovo Zrno means buckwheat groat in Slovenian), potato, celery root, and Mediterranean herbs. It was very tasty and hearty. The second time I ate a leek-bean-potato stew, it was a very hearty comfort food.

Pros: salad bar, very tasty food, inexpensive
Cons: no desserts were vegan when I visited

eirwin
eirwin
  • vegan
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+18

Yum! Great little place in Ljubljana

5 Posted on 09 / 13 / 2013

It was so lovely to find this place while travelling from Australia, and having had trouble finding food to eat while in Europe so far. To walk in, knowing everything is vegan was so lovely, and both the 'daily meal options' were delicious and very filling! It was great to have soup, salad, a meal, and a little raw treat all in one package. Easy enough to find and well-priced.

Pros: Yummy, Affordable
gbelanger
gbelanger
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+21

disappointed

2 Posted on 03 / 22 / 2013

The salad bar is far from massive, it is tiny: little plastic containers of different things, a lot of cooked (canned?) beans and things, very few greens or raw veggies, and all in small quantities; the amount of arugula they had (the only green leaves in sight) was not even enough for me to make myself a plate. The main course today was spaghetti and since I don't eat carbs, I simply walked right back out of the place, very disappointed given that I was expecting a "massive salad bar" as another reviewer wrote. I would recommend not going there at all: don't waste your time. Definitely zero cow heads.


jollypig
jollypig
  • vegetarian
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+99

Liked it

5 Posted on 10 / 21 / 2011

MASSIVE salad bar. So nice to be able to fill up on healthy food. The rest of the food was good too. Nice atmosphere and great value.

Pros: Salad bar, Salad bar, Salad bar
Jaclyn0519
Jaclyn0519
  • vegan
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+44

Great lunch spot

4 Posted on 09 / 13 / 2011

Being vegan on a three week European trip had it's challenges. Mostly lack of options. This place was perfect for a big lunch... Heaping bowl of salad with loads of veggies, plus couscous, lentils, rice, farrow, olives, homemade chips, etc. We loved it.

Pros: Options
Nia
Nia
  • vegan
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+72

A sympathetic veg place in the center

4 Posted on 09 / 01 / 2011

Ajdovo zrno is a small veg restaurant where I especially like the salad options (self-service!). As vegan I miss more vegan-friendly food. The stuff is friendly and prices are ok too. The good thing I especially have to mention is they started offering raw cakes! Still have to try them:)

Pros: great salad bar, cheap, location
Cons: too few vegan options
Kaydee63
Kaydee63
  • vegetarian
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+27

Meatfree but not tasty nor particularly healthy

3 Posted on 08 / 04 / 2011

Imagine some college guys trying to fill up at mealtime without eating meat and without spending much money. That's what eating here reminded me of. I tried the daily special (Kosilo) that includes soup, a small salad, a hot main dish and a dessert. (Presumably this changes daily so I'm just reporting on today's menu.) The tomato soup was standard, with chunks of carrots and potatoes (think filler food). The salad was a bowl of half lettuce and half cabbage, on the bitter side. (Other people seemed to be given the option to make their own small salad from the ample salad bar--definitely a better way to go!). The main dish was a five by five inch, two inch high square of whiteness: cheese and bread and crust dosed in a slimy green sauce. It had no taste. If you managed your way through this dense mass you'd feel quite full. The dessert was a square of poppy seed cake that tasted okay, but like it came from a mix. So there was no meat in my meal. But there were scarcely any vegetables and they rely very heavily on dairy (one of the other soup options was a cream soup). The guy at the register's English was limited (and admittedly my Slovenian is hello, please and thanks) so I couldn't get details before ordering. The good news is that all of this cost only 6 euros. And if it was to your liking you'd be plenty full for the rest of the afternoon.
They do have a pretty good salad bar and you can just get a salad (a large bowl you fill as you like for 6 euros, a smaller size available as well).
The outdoor seating overlooks an okay but not beautiful courtyard, nothing special to look at or be in.
If you do want to check it out, here are directions:
walk out of the main square (the one with the statue of a poet holding a book in his hand and a half naked woman/muse hovering over him) toward the salmon-colored huge church. Look for a sign on your right that says Gallerija Emporium. Take a right down that street. Look for the number 10, posted on the wall, then look across the street and walk through that arch. You'll see the yellow sign for the restaurant.

Pros: cheap, ample salad bar
Cons: tasteless, few veggies, dairy heavy
hokusai77
hokusai77
  • vegan
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+2074

nice salad bar

3 Posted on 05 / 08 / 2011

I happened to be there on my first night in Ljubljana too late (restaurant closes at 7 pm), but I had the chance to try it out the next day. It's a simple cafe with limited choice, but price/quality ratio is extremely high. I had a nice salad from the salad bar (you can choose among plenty of options, dried vegetables are awesome), and a hearty veggie stew with homemade bread (the other option as main dish for vegans was a mushroom cake).

Pros: healthy cuisine , good value, friendly staff
Cons: closes too early , closed on Sat and Sun
rubberbandball
rubberbandball
  • vegetarian
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+32

very satisfied

5 Posted on 10 / 12 / 2010

The old centre needed a place like this. It's set in a small atrium and the interior is pleasant as well. I love the variety of legumes, nuts, seeds, soya produce, fresh veg and garnish in the salad bar - most of these I would otherwise not take the time to make at home in small quantities. One can choose between plenty of menu combinations. Not that many cooked main course choices, but all tasty, and some really nice deserts and fresh juices. Staff is friendly and patient.

Pros: variety of choice, esp. salad bar, staff, interior
Batya
Batya
  • vegetarian
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+13

Delicious, helthy veg. Ljubjana at great location!

5 Posted on 08 / 28 / 2010

Ate here twice in August 2010.
Located in the old city, three minutes from the triple bridge and market.
The Salad bar offered a wide variety of raw & cooked vegetables, carbohydrates (pasta, brown rice, potato's, cuscus) and legumes. We also had the hot casserole - stew.
Everything was fresh and Delicious and my kids loved it all as well.
The outside area is pleasant and the interior is pretty and has a nice vibe.
The staff was friendly, helpful, accommodating and patient with our questions regarding ingredients and kosher issues.
The prices were surprisingly low. (3-6 euros for the salad bar, 4.30 for the casserole and a small salad plus bred)
They do use eggs, sour cream and a cheese. It seemed as if the cheese probably is pure veg. (no rennet) but since we weren't 100% sure we simply avoided it as well as eggs.
I recommend this place to vegetarians, vegans and Kosher observers.

Pros: great location, tasty & healthy, inexpensive
Cons: they use cheese
Guest
Guest

Bargain Vegetarian Food

4 Posted on 08 / 24 / 2010

Opposite "Falafel", so easy to find both. Good atmosphere, friendly staff, menu of day (6 euros) was tasty and filling.

Pros: cheap, tasty, great salad choice
Cons: closed weekends
gypsynat
gypsynat
  • vegan
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+31

Wonderful staff, excellent salad bar

5 Posted on 11 / 08 / 2008

This place was an oasis of fresh and healthy vegetarian food after my travels in Hungary! The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and I found the salad bar to have many many options, so much so that I couldn't fit them all in my bowl! The rosewater is delicious and refreshing, and I recommend the cevapcici with chips. I didn't find anything bad about this place, it was all a very positive experience and very affordable.

Pros: Friendly staff, cheap, healthy
walden
walden
  • vegan
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+35

nice

4 Posted on 11 / 07 / 2008

Nice quiet location near the city center. Selfservice or menus of the day for 6 EUR, also vegan possible. Friendly staff, in and outside tables. Food was pretty good.

Pros: nice location, friendly people
whippet
whippet
  • vegan
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+21

Veggie oasis

4 Posted on 09 / 07 / 2008

Very pleased to find this place in Ljubljana, the staff were friendly and helpful and all spoke good English. It's self-service style with a good selection of salady-type stuff, plus smoothies and pastries. Very nice.

Pros: Helpful staff, Good food
tyranny
tyranny
  • vegan
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+39

Just okay

3 Posted on 07 / 01 / 2008

After surviving on Melba toast in Salzburg on a Sunday, this place was like a desert oasis. But really the food wasn't that great. It wasn't inedible, but there was very little flavour. (I had the daily special which was a rice pilaf, bean soup and a lettuce salad.) I'll try to give it another chance before I leave, though.

Pros: friendly staff, good price, good location
Cons: boring food
Stevie
Stevie
  • vegan
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+2291

Ajdovo Zrno, Ljubljana

4 Posted on 09 / 09 / 2006

Centrally located hidden away off of a small square. No problems getting tasty vegan food. Could be open longer in the evenings and at weekends.

Pros: Tasty food, vegan offerings, nice staff
Cons: Could be open more hours

 

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