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Restaurants - Slovak cuisine

Bistro Magda- Chicken omlettes and potato pancakes are complemented not by obloha, but by the best side salad you'll find at no extra cost. Seats only eight at three tables, but Magda herself serves up the tasty, healthy, inexpensive (40-50 Sk) dishes so fast that lengthy waits are rare. Conveniently located a few minutes walk from Hotel Forum and the Goethe Institute. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Panenská 24. % 316-110. < 10:00-17:00 M-F.

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 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.

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.

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 Devin. Two rooms upstairs, a wine celler 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.

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