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Bratislava International Cuisine

Aušpic- You get it all from your seat: the subtle sounds of the Danube rushing by and the romantic sight of the sun setting behind the castle. Its natural setting on the Petržalka bank of the Danube is Aušpic's greatest strength. The service and the food, including shark salad and calamari, are excellent. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Viedenská 24. % 850-916. <11:00-22:00, M-Su.

Čárda Kormorán- Bratislava's best salad bar, with 22 items including fresh crispy lettuce and three different dressings, is reason enough to venture out to this modern restaurant on a lake in Petržalka. The menu is essentially Hungarian with a few other rare items thown in, such as T-bone steak and roasted cod. With menus avilable in five languages and a talented Gypsy band playing away, it is easy to get comfortable. $$$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Tematinská 7. % 828-252. < 11:30-23:00.

Ikea Restaurant- This place won't redefine anyone's eating habits, but it's just what you might expect from IKEA. Immaculately clean, simply laid out and well-marked. Self-serve roast beef or ham and cheese sandwiches are fresh, though lacking in taste. The smoked salmon sandwiches are a special treat. The fresh salad at 10 Sk is crisp and tasty, and the two choices of dressings are free. There's also a choice of the day served by a cook sporting a white, puffy hat. Drop off the children at the day care center at the store and then grab a bite to eat. $. CC: no Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Tomášikova ul. 48.

Pressbourg- An Alsacian chef gives this Hotel Danube restaurant a savory blend of French-German cuisine. Harp or guitar players mellow the mood in the evenings. Variety and presentation are strong suits here. Asparagus puff pastry and roast pheasant on sauerkraut with smoked bacon and deep-fried grapes are among the most delectable offerings. Save room for sorbet or iced nougat stuffed with cherries. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Rybné nám. 1. % 5340-000. < 12:00-15:00, 18:30-22:30 M-Sa.

Spaghetti & Co. - You would be hard-pressed to find a more convenient place for a pre- or post-opera dinner. The menu is extensive, offering dozens of choices. With any selection, you can count on quality and freshness. If you order a small glass of wine, it will come in a quarter-liter caraffe. The spinach is out of this world. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Gorkého 1. % 332-303.

Tirolská Izba- One of the city's best finds. Start with the fabulously creamy mushroom soup and then go with the Turkey shishkabob with pineapples and peaches. If you have a large group or are in a hurry, be sure to make a reservation. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Záhradnícka 73. % 526-5903. <11:00-22:00, M-Sa.

Twisteak House- If, when you hear "meat and potatos" you don't conjure up images of pork and halušky, this relatively recently opened restaurant will be a welcome oasis. For a juicy side of beef complimented by a baked spud and a hearty helping of veggies, venture down by the Danube, below the Parliament building. This past spring, the successful fish restaurant Rybarský Cech joined forces with Radio Twist to open a spiffy steak restaurant. Prices are higher than average but not exorbitant, with most entrees hovering around 175 Sk. Don't let the less than eager wait staff discourage you, Twisteak is definitely worth a try. $$$. Eng menu: yes. Res: no. Žižkova 1. % 5313-049, 5311-873. < 11:00-23:00.

U Korvína- Real Italian food at Slovak prices: there's even parmesan on the table. There are three options for seating: skip the dull front room with the bar and blaring T.V. and head instead for the brick-walled wine cellar (which has heated benches in the winter). Some of the pasta must be homemade - try any of the spinach tortellini variations, all around 100 Sk - and all of it is good. The thin-crust pizzas can be disappointing and small. If you get a table, linger over an Italian espresso. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Banskobystrická 18.

U Mamičky- Balkan food cooked to order on a charcoal grill. Great steaks and šopsky (Mediterranean with sheep cheese) salad. Excellent English-speaking service. Pricey by Slovak standards, but worth every crown. A bottle of wine from the archives for 600+ Sk. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. % 334-618. < 11:30-23:00.

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