Hours:Daily 11:30 - 22:00
English menu:No (German)
To top off a perfect day roaming the Carpathians, or to get away from the city bustle, consider Karpatia, about 25 minutes outside of central Bratislava. Just follow the highway toward Brno, and get off at the sign saying Devínska Nová Ves. At the intersection of Devínska and BAZ (Bratislavské automobilové závody), go toward BAZ and follow the road to the restaurant, located out in the open surrounded by fields.
The cozy, romantic atmosphere at this restaurant is reminiscent of a country inn. The food is excellent and the service is friendly, though we did have trouble getting seated. The upstairs restaurant seats 55, and the downstairs vináreň has 55 places also.
The menu is fairly typical Slovak fare. There are five cold appetizers (28 - 45 Sk) and four soups (20 Sk) to start off your meal. Try the kapustová polievka s klobásou (cabbage soup with sausage). It has a delicate smoked taste. There are three warm appetizers (35 - 50 Sk). We sampled the záhorácka klobása (sausage prepared Zahorak style - 35 Sk). Though tasty, we were disappointed, as the dish was just a typical grilled sausage.
Fish, poultry, and meat specialities tempt you as you look over the menu. Entrées are reasonably priced between 70 and 100 Sk. The most expensive dish is the Chateaubriand (230 Sk). The least expensive is bryndzové halušky (45 Sk). Eight salads are available (20 Sk).
Madeline tried the viedenská roštenka (Viennese steak - 79 Sk), a tender piece of meat with crispy fried onions. Paul's diabolská zmes (devil's mixture - 77 Sk) is a combination of pork, spices, hot peppers and mushrooms in a creamy sauce - for spice lovers only! Our dining companion selected the morčacie prsíčka s ananásom (98 Sk), turkey breast with pineapple. It was tasty though we were surprised that the fruit was not warmed with the meat.
Two palacinky are available for dessert (25 and 35 Sk). There are three ice cream sundaes (35 - 38 Sk) and six compotes (15 Sk). We tried one of the ice cream sundaes, the Toronto (35 Sk), and the tutti-frutti palacinky (53 Sk). They were both very good and a nice way to top off a pleasant dinner.
Karpatia charges a 5 Sk couvert and we were surprised that we need to pay for parking, especially since Karpatia is far from public transportation.
Paul Zendzian and Madeline Vadkerty are the authors of Bon Appetit, Dobrú Chuť, Bratislava!, which is available at select bookstores and news stands.
6. Nov 1996 at 0:00 | Paul Zendzian and Madeline Vadkerty