Hours:Daily, 12:00 - 03:00
Cuisine:Balkan and Italian
Prices:Sk Sk Sk
English menu:Yes (also German)
On the edge of Petržalka, on the road to Győr, Miva is one of only a couple of restaurants in Bratislava serving Yugoslavian dishes. It is easy to spot - the words Pizzéria and Reštaurácia are on the building in large red letters. There is parking right in front, and it is easily accessible by bus. Miva seats 60 in its main room and 20 in another smaller room.
The menu is varied, but we were particularly interested in sampling the Yugoslavian dishes with interesting names such as chopped sheep cheese with red hot peppers (40 Sk). Served with a warm bread, this colorful dish isn't overly spicy, but it does burn a little. Another appetizer worth trying is the Gibanica (31 Sk). It is a pastry with egg and cheese - not at all spicy, the pastry is served warm and the melted cheese was excellent.
Other appetizers include Macedonian style beans (40 Sk). It contains roasted beans with smoked pork and onion. Or try the Yugoslavian "Kajmak" (69 Sk), a spread which goes on bread. If you cannot decide, there is always the "national plate" (91 Sk) a combination of several different appetizers.
Two soups are served, but you may want to sample a čorba (30 - 38 Sk). Čorbas are large, heavy soups, a meal in themselves. Miva offers veal, lamb, vegetable, and chicken čorbas. There is a full page of grilled foods, with the least expensive being ražniči (mixed skewered meats - 67 Sk) and the most expensive being the grilled steak (155 Sk).
Paul sampled the grilled veal medallions (118 Sk). The meat was delicately spiced, though it needed salt. The meat was very tender. Madeline tried the sarma (stuffed cabbage - 119 Sk). Also served are steaks, sausages, pork and veal. No fish dishes are served. One interesting looking dish was the pečené prasiatko (small baked pig). One serving is 170 Sk.
Miva offers 36 pizzas ranging from 48 Sk for pizza marinara (tomato sauce, garlic and oregano) to 99 Sk for the pizza virgliacca, pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, peppers, olives, pepperoni, artichokes and capers. Pizzas are 60 - 85 Sk. A couple of Italian specialities are listed including tortellini (79 Sk) and two kinds of spaghetti (78 Sk). In addition to a full bar, Spanish wines are available here.
The salad bar (29 Sk) had nine items, but did not look as appealing as others we have seen. There are also ten salads offered (29 - 46 Sk). Try a side dish of a Yugoslavian green pepper (listed under doplnenie, in Slovak only - 12 Sk). It is cooked in oil with sweet and sour vinegar and garlic. It is served cold.
Desserts are usual compotes, crepes, fruit cups and ice cream sundaes (27 - 44 Sk) with the exception of pyré Miva (40 Sk), a blend of rye, nuts, rum and whipped cream, and baklava (44 Sk), phyllo dough, nuts and honey. We ran out of room, and were unable to try them!
Interesting dishes make this restaurant well worth the trip to Petržalka. Our dinner for two included entrées and main courses and a couple of soft drinks and came to 330 Sk.
Paul Zendzian and Madeline Vadkerty are the authors of Bon Appetit, Dobrú Chuť, Bratislava!, which is available at select bookstores and news stands.
9. Oct 1996 at 0:00 | Paul Zendzian and Madeline Vadkerty