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Much care for appearance at Hotel Perugia

Maybe we went to Perugia on an "off night," but the meal we had there was less than satisfying. This is all the more disappointing, given the elegant décor, lovely table settings and the obvious care put into making the dishes look attractive. Most entrées at Perugia range between 220 and 300 Sk. The least expensive meal is the liptovské halušky s bryndzou (dumplings with goat cheese, Liptov style - 99 Sk) with the most costly a 750-gram serving of T-bone steak served with vegetables and potatoes (799 Sk). Five soups are available (35 Sk) with appetizers ranging from 70 Sk for the úden jazyk s chrenovou omáčkou (smoked tongue in horseradish sauce) or pražská šunka s chrenovým maslom (Prague ham in horseradish butter) to 190 Sk for dravá ryba v koprovej omáčke (catfish in dill cream).

Address: Zelená 5, 331-818
Hours:Daily, 11:00 - 24:00
Cuisine:Slovak
Prices: Sk Sk Sk
Reservations: Accepted
English menu:Yes (also German)
Credit Cards: VISA, MC, AmEx, Euro, JCV
Recommended:Moderately


Maybe we went to Perugia on an "off night," but the meal we had there was less than satisfying. This is all the more disappointing, given the elegant décor, lovely table settings and the obvious care put into making the dishes look attractive.

Most entrées at Perugia range between 220 and 300 Sk. The least expensive meal is the liptovské halušky s bryndzou (dumplings with goat cheese, Liptov style - 99 Sk) with the most costly a 750-gram serving of T-bone steak served with vegetables and potatoes (799 Sk).

Five soups are available (35 Sk) with appetizers ranging from 70 Sk for the úden jazyk s chrenovou omáčkou (smoked tongue in horseradish sauce) or pražská šunka s chrenovým maslom (Prague ham in horseradish butter) to 190 Sk for dravá ryba v koprovej omáčke (catfish in dill cream).

Madeline opted for the grilled salmon steak (360 Sk). The fish was disappointingly dry, with the best part of the meal the sautéed apple served as a garnish. Her dining companion chose the green pepper steak (295 Sk) The meat was unfortunately tough. The attractively displayed green bean bundles with the bacon and the croquettes served with the meat were fine. The mixed salad (35 Sk) was fresh and colorful.

We decided not to opt for desserts (all 59 Sk) including palacinky, farmers cheese dumplings, strudel, peach melba and fruit in vanilla pastry.

Our dinner came to 850 Sk, and included only main dishes, a couple of soft drinks, a salad and two 25 Sk couverts. Better values for money are available in other restaurants which are also located in the Old City. 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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