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Bratislava Slovak Cuisine

Kláštorná- Warning on the peanuts: You eat, you pay. $$$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Františkánska 1. % 330-430. < 10:00-23:00.

Korzo- Well-known for its downstairs restaurant featuring a salad bar, traditional Slovak fare, and live folk music. For meat-eaters, the venison and steak are recommended. Also plan to visit the café on the street level which opens for breakfast at 9:00 and is an excellent place for a drink after the opera. Open until 23:00. $$$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11. % 334-974. < 8-24:00.

Lacinka- Flat crepes rolled with a smorgasbord menu of deliciously different fillings tacked on the wall. "The palacinky palace" is a popular student hangout. A 30 minute wait is not out of the ordinary but don't be surprised if it takes that long to make a final selection. The bulletin board has amusing material and is open for creative additions. Sample dishes: Banana-chocolate, nougat or "geodetická" crepes. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Šancova ul. 18. % 497-414. < 10:00-21:00 M-F, Su.

Mária Terézia- Want to spurge? Order a whole goat for 4,000 Sk at one of the city's most expensive restaurants. Burgandy carpets, wood paneling and soft lighting greet you as you descend the stairway to the sounds of harp music. The nouvelle cuisine includes tender grilled salmon and brisket of lamb. A businessman's lunch is available weekdays for 1,200 Sk (without drinks). $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Palisády 50. % 325-590. < 11:30-15:00 M-F, 18:00-23:00 M-Sa.

MS Danubius- Located in an attractive area right on the Danube and next to the Museum of Natural History, this place offers a solid selection of steaks, pork and poultry dishes prepared in the tradition of the Danube basin area. Sip a cocktail in their newly-renovated air-conditioned interior. It will bring back memories of, or introduce you to, an old-fashioned steam riverboat. $$. CC: Yes. Eng. menu: Yes. Res: Yes. Fajnorovo nábr. % 366-664. < 10.00-22.00 M-Su.

Miva- Take bus 50 or 43 to the very end of Petržalka - look for the cube-like building placed on the edge of the concrete jungle. After walking up the green stairs, enter the mirror-lined restaurant where the huge calzone and cheese soup are recommended. If you're lucky, you can catch the dreamy tunes of a white-suited pianist tickling the keys of a white piano. $$$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Brovicka 38. <10:00-24:00 M-Su.

Modrá Guľa- A quiet place for a business lunch and a well-stocked bar for a happy hour drink. The penthouse terrace has views of the Castle and Hotel Forum. Service is slow. Try the pork cutlet on dumplings with cheese sauce or the halušky stuffed in ham and cheese. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Suché Mýto 6. % 335-546, ext. 4006. < 11:00-24:30, M-Sa.

Modrá Hviezda- A delightful haven just below the castle for creatively cooked Slovak cuisine, served up in hearty portions. Try "Mummie's Specialty" of beef with cream and cranberry sauce and potato croquettes, or the sauerkraut goulash, or the veal in plum sauce. Head for the brick-walled wine cellar with heavy wooden tables; the other room, while attractive enough, lacks the cellar's character. The small sunken room on the way in is available for large parties. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Beblavého 14. % 332-747 < 11:00-23:00 M-Sa.

Pekná Brána- Slovak and Balkan cuisine is complemented by a friendly and well-trained staff. Prices range from the 40 Sk spaghetti to the 290 Sk house specialty - a plate of various meats. Must try the Solonya dezert,a Hungarian-style dessert consisting of chocolate and vanilla cake with pudding, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Vysoká 39. % 323-008. < 11:00-24:00.

Pod Baštou- When walking up Michalská ul. towards Michael's Gate, turn left down Bratislava's thinnest street. Then descend from the cobblestoned alley into this classic wine cellar where sipping on one of the about 20 white, red, cask, and dessert wines is a must. Talk about ambience: soak in the vaulted brick ceiling, low lighting, and soft live music. Top off your meal with the great palacinky. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Baštova 3. % 331-765. < 11:00-23:00.

Prašná Bašta- Modern stained glass, cozy nooks for tables, and gothic, high-backed chairs give this restaurant and vináreą in old town an out-of-the ordinary feel. The food is tasty and cheap, mostly the basic Slovak menu with some twists, such as smoked trout and Armenian salad. The turkey curry is surprisingly good. Be prepared for a long evening - the service is friendly but slow; if you want to be left alone for a long conversation or even a game of cards, this is the place. $$.CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Zámočnícka 11. % 334-957. < 11:00-23:00, M-Su.

Reduta- Ambassadors seated under ornate chandeliers wave from their tables to each other in this exclusive restaurant. Built between 1908 and 1910, Reduta housed a music school and part of the stock exchange. The restaurant is in the old wine cellar downstairs, below the continental café and the Casino. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Medená 3. % 335-242 or 335-257. < 11:00-24:00.

Riviéra- Large portions and a varied menu of fish, pork, poultry and beef - even vegetarian selections - on the road to Devín. Two rooms upstairs, a wine cellar and a patio; folk music at six every evening except Monday and Tuesday. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Karloveská 1. % 727-408 or 727-163. < 10:00-22:00.

Rybárský Cech- Built in 1759, this fine example of Rococo architecture was recently renovated with modern amenities such as air conditioning. The variety of seafood includes Dover sole, catfish, octopus, and snails bourgignonne, but the menu has plenty for non seafood-lovers as well. The large fresh salads and garlic soup are excellent ways to start your meal. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Žižkova 1. % 311-873. < 11:00-24:00, M-Su.

Slovenská Pivnica- Descend the stairs from street-level into an old-world Slovak ambiance with Modra pottery, paintings on glass, burgundy tablecloths, and Gypsy music performed live. Prompt, efficient wait staff serves up veal, pork, venison and 10 beef dishes, including smažené býčie žľazy or "fried beef balls," as the menu translates it. Be forewarned of the 5 Sk cover charge. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Dunajská 18. % 325-465. < 11:00-23:00, M-Sa; 11:30-16:00 Su.

Slovenská Reštaurácia- Any place that calls itself "Slovak Restaurant" has got to carry the ambience as well. Well, it's true; you get here quality Slovak food, Slovak folk music, Slovak suds and wait, Western service. There's even a replica of a maitre d' here who opens the swinging doors for you. They also have prime locaton across from the U.S. Embassy. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Hviezdoslavovo nám. 20. % 334-883. < 11:00-24:00, M-Su.

U Adama- You may be served and charged for side dishes you don't order. $$ CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Štefánikova 29. < 10:00 - 22:00.

U Dežmára- Charming through and through, U Dežmára is situated across from Klariská Church on a cobblestoned street and has Renaissance sgraffito decorations on its exterior walls. Reliably good food at reasonable prices help this place fill up, so reservations are recommended. Highlights of the menu include pork steaj with roquefort and the platter of various meats with pineapple and bacon. $$ CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Klariská 1. < 11:00 - 23:00, M-Su.

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