Ajdovo Zrno

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7 Trubarjeva (at Prešernov trg), Ljubljana, Slovenia,

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. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Western, Salad bar, Take-out, Slovenian

Reviews (23)

First Review by Stevie

Muy bien - Edit

Situado en el centro de Ljubljana ofrece menú diario y buffet de ensaladas (junto con legumbres y verduras) por un precio muy asequible, comida de buena calidad y personal encantador.

Pros: precio, localización, calidad

Cons: sin WiFi


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Delicious food, friendly owner and staff - Edit

I come here on a regular basis because this is the only restaurant in ljubljana with a raw dish on the menu. The raw main course changes weekly (one week raw pizza, next week raw noodles, then falafel etc.) and costs 5€ or 7.50€ if you take the lunch menu (soup, salat, dessert, not raw though). The entree is rather small so i suggest you go for the 7.50€ option with soup and all, otherwise you will walk out hungry.
About the food - it is delicious!
Everything i've tried was really good, except for the chocolate cake which i thought was rather dry.
The owner is a very enthusiastic lady who doesn't mind answering questions and explaining the menu. She even gave me samples one time when i couldn't decide!
The salat bar is very good too, there is lots of things to choose from, but it's a bit expensive... the best deal at this restaurant is the lunch menu because you will get a lot of food and you can choose between two main dishes (raw or cooked) and usually you can also choose the soup.
The owner is passionate about her work, so you can be sure there is a high quality of the ingredients and the food is just really good.

Pros: Serves raw vegan food, High quality, very good food, Very nice and friendly owner and staff

Cons: Sometimes runs out of certain dishes early, Closes at 17h, go early for bigger selection


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Very fresh food - Edit

Very fresh food in a nice atmosphere with a large patio. There are lots of vegan options and it's easy to have a 100% raw vegan meal here if you want. A good alternative to the heavier vegan burgers and such in town. It was fine to eat here solo.

Pros: Friendly, very fresh food, big patio

Cons: n/a


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The most healthy and completely vegan options - Edit

The offer only vegan food, and you can choose from at least 2 different menus every day. One menu is usually raw vegan, and one cooked vegan. It is super healthy and tasty. I recommend taking the hole menu (soup, salad, main dish and dessert). It costs around 7 €, but afterwards you feel full and energetic.

I would totally recommend it if you are in Ljubljana :)

Pros: cheap, healthy + tasty, in the city center


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Best vegan lunch in Ljubljana - Edit

I had lunch here three times in my visit to Ljubljana. The menu was very simple, a daily special with two choices of soup an entree and a salad bar. I absolutely enjoyed every single of my meals in this restaurant. I particularly enjoyed the vegan lasagna and all the soups that I tried. The salad bar was also very complete with greens, whole grains and pulses. What else could you ask for? The food was freshly cooked every day. Customer service was always very friendly and professional. The place might be a little hard to find since it's in a little plaza. Unfortunately, they were only open Monday through Friday for lunch when I visited.

Pros: Delicious food, Great customer service, Relaxing environment


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Ajdovo zrno - Edit

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


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Average vegan restaurant near city center - Edit

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


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Hearty comfort food - Edit

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


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Yum! Great little place in Ljubljana - Edit

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


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disappointed - Edit

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.


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Liked it - Edit

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


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Great lunch spot - Edit

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


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A sympathetic veg place in the center - Edit

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


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Meatfree but not tasty nor particularly healthy - Edit

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


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nice salad bar - Edit

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


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very satisfied - Edit

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


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Delicious, helthy veg. Ljubjana at great location! - Edit

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


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Bargain Vegetarian Food - Edit

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


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