Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

OUR PICK

Elýzium. Go for the spicy turkey breast

The proletarian environs of Bratislava's main bus station are better known their derelict textile factories than fine dining, but Elýzium Restaurant is a glittering exception.
Located near the junction of Košická and Mlynské nivy Streets, Elýzium is modestly tucked away at the back of a parking lot, announcing itself with a minimum of pomp. Once inside, don't be put off by the tuxedoed waiters and the posh dining room, for this is one of the few restaurants in Bratislava that offers impeccable service and immaculate table settings at a reasonable price.

Address: Corner Košická and Mlynské Nivy
Hours: Every day, 10:00 - 22:30
Cuisine: German/International
Prices: Sk Sk Sk
Reservations: Yes
English menu: No
Credit Cards: Master Card, Amex
Recommended: Go for the spicy turkey breast.


The proletarian environs of Bratislava's main bus station are better known their derelict textile factories than fine dining, but Elýzium Restaurant is a glittering exception.

Located near the junction of Košická and Mlynské nivy Streets, Elýzium is modestly tucked away at the back of a parking lot, announcing itself with a minimum of pomp. Once inside, don't be put off by the tuxedoed waiters and the posh dining room, for this is one of the few restaurants in Bratislava that offers impeccable service and immaculate table settings at a reasonable price.

The food is very good, a mixture of German and international cuisine with an emphasis on grilled dishes. My colleague and I tried the French onion soup and the garlic soup, both of which were light but robust. Pepper steak and a grilled spicy turkey breast followed, the latter thick and painted with a fiery baste, the former meltingly tender but unnervingly bloody. That seems to be the norm in Slovakia - if you don't specify how you want your steak cooked, you end up with the by-product of a chainsaw massacre.

But it was the service that made the deepest impression. Attentive, courteous and multilingual, the waitstaff turn a good meal into a profoundly relaxing experience. Cutlery, crockery and glassware are spotless, and whisked away with silent efficiency. I ended up returning to Elýzium twice in the same week, and managed to sample the trout, the salad bar and the cordon bleu ('Gordon Bleu') turkey. Excellent, every dish, and the quality of the service never faltered.

Given that the average price of a starter, main course and a glass of wine is 250 Sk, this restaurant will have a loyal following in short order.

Top stories

Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

British embassy opens condolence book

The book will be opened for two days.

Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.

EC: Focus on education and labour market

Some recommendations remain the same as last year.

Illustrative stock photo