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Spicy soups lure at the back-ally Red Dragon

Červený Drak ("Red Dragon") is a small, Chinese restaurant seating 30 guests. There is also a private room seating 25. The menu features 99 different dishes which include fish and seafood and the usual meat dishes found at typical Chinese restaurants. Service here is friendly, and the atmosphere is quiet. Low lighting gives this establishment an ambience of intimacy. The décor is traditional Chinese restaurant style, with hanging lanterns. Tables are nicely separated with tall Chinese screens. The most expensive item on the menu is 186 Sk, the krabie klepetá na prírodný spôsob (crab claws au natural). The least expensive meal is a combination of rice, egg, peanuts and ham (33 Sk). However, most dishes range from 90 to 110 Sk, and our meals were 200 Sk including non-alcoholic beverages, an appetizer, main course and rice.

Address:Búdková 39,
Tel.:372-842
Hours:daily, 11:45-22:45
Cuisine: Chinese
Prices:Sk Sk
Reservations:For parties of five or more
English menu:No
Credit Cards:No
Recommended:Moderately


Červený Drak ("Red Dragon") is a small, Chinese restaurant seating 30 guests. There is also a private room seating 25. The menu features 99 different dishes which include fish and seafood and the usual meat dishes found at typical Chinese restaurants.

Service here is friendly, and the atmosphere is quiet. Low lighting gives this establishment an ambience of intimacy. The décor is traditional Chinese restaurant style, with hanging lanterns. Tables are nicely separated with tall Chinese screens.

The most expensive item on the menu is 186 Sk, the krabie klepetá na prírodný spôsob (crab claws au natural). The least expensive meal is a combination of rice, egg, peanuts and ham (33 Sk). However, most dishes range from 90 to 110 Sk, and our meals were 200 Sk including non-alcoholic beverages, an appetizer, main course and rice. Also worth noting is the 14-item salad bar (40 Sk). The items looked tantalizingly fresh.

Don't miss the soups - for some reason they are not noted until the next to last page of the menu. The eight kinds of soup available here range from 22 to 39 Sk. Paul's Činska Polievka Tan Hua (Chinese Tan Hua soup - 33 Sk) was delicately spiced and rich, loaded with cabbage and mushrooms. Madeline's jarna roláda s činskou zeleninou (spring roll with Chinese vegetables) was expensive (66 Sk), but it was well worth it. The rolls were crisp and not greasy. Five kinds of spring rolls are offered here (66-72 Sk).

We were somewhat disappointed in our entrées. Paul selected the bravčové mäso po sečuansky (Sechuan style pork - 94 Sk). The dish was a combination of spicy pork, cabbage, pimentos, and onion. It had a bit too much soy sauce. Madeline's dish, the chicken with lychees (110 Sk), was not warm enough and there were few lychees. The dish took approximately 20 minutes to prepare.

Paul Zendzian and Madeline Vadkerty are the authors of Bon Appetit, Dobru Chuť, Bratislava!, which is available at select bookstores and news stands.

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