Restaurants - International cuisine

Chez David- This kosher restaurant has been approved by the highest authroity - religious. While Bratislava's local rabbi has blessed this place for adhering to strict religious principles, it also toes the line on cleanliness, attention and fresh food. From the home-made hummus to roasted salmon in asparagus sauce, it's hard to go wrong ordering from the menu, which humors you with Yiddish jokes in Slovak, German and English. Watch the cover charge of 27 Sk per person and keep in mind that it is closed on the Sabbath (Fri. evening and all Sat.). $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res. yes. Zamocká 13. % 316-943 or 313-824. < 11:30-16:00, 18:00-22:00 M-Th, Su. 11:30-16:00 Fri.

La Mamma- Easily accessible behind Istropolis. Start with the fresh salad bar, then go for a pizza, ravioli formaggi e panna, or spaghetti bolognese. Compliment it all with wine. Avoid the grilled cutlet. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Škultétyho 10. % 271-938. < 11:00-22:00.

Music Café Hysteria- A Tex-Mex restaurant, the food is tasty but amounts vary with who is in the kitchen. The margaritas are the best ones in town. Two pool tables and a lively crowd, dancing is not unheard of here. This is a little tricky to find - follow the signs to the Chinese restaurant in Zimný Štadión. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Odbojárov 9. < 11:00-2:00 Su-Th, 11:00-5:00 F-Sa.

Pizzeria Ciao- Genuine Italian thin-crust pizza, cooked in a wood-burning oven with real tomato sauce, as well as pasta, a varied salad bar, and hefty desserts that make a nice change from palacinky. Service can be slow but the food is worth the wait. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Trnavská Cesta 37. % 212-109. <11:00-24:00.

Sole Mio- Possibly the snazziest sign in town features the illusion of a flaming oven. Inside this pizzeria, pies are prepped and cooked on a conveyor belt, which makes for cheap entertanment. Usually crowded for lunch, the place often has as many eaters standing as sitting. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Grösslingova ul. < 10:00-20:00

Spaghetti & Co. - You would be hard-pressed to find a more convenient place for a pre- or post-opera dinner. The menu is extensive, offering dozens of choices. With any selection, you can count on quality and freshness. If you order a small glass of wine, it will come in a quarter-liter caraffe. The spinach is out of this world. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Gorkého 1. % 332-303. <

Tokyo- Take a trip to the Orient by sampling sushi and swilling sake. But watch out: the rice wine will knock the stuffing out of your wallet. Sample dishes: tempura (fried fish and vegetables), yaki soba (noodle soup). Impressively authentic Japanese food, such as the sushi, sashimi, tempura. On special occasions, order a round of sake (rice wine) in the straw-matted back room. The service here is impeccably courteous. $$$. CC: yes. Eng menu: yes. Res: no. Stromová 16. % 375-406. < 11:00-22:30.

U Mamičky- Balkan food cooked to order on a charcoal grill. Great steaks and šopsky salad. Excellent English-speaking service. Pricey by Slovak standards, but worth every crown. A bottle of wine from the archives for 600+ Sk. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Michalská 9. % 334-618. < 11:30-23:00.

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