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Restaurants - International cuisine

Casablanca- Ignore the weird crystal art and the ice cream parlor windows: This restaurant at the top of Koliba hill offers up a classy menu and fantastic food. The meals are traditional and very French, but the fish and the wine list has a Moroccan accent. Try the creamy onion tart served on a bed of lettuce (lettuce!); or the smoked salmon or beef madallions in red wine, pepper or mushroom sauces. The prices - like the menu in English, German and French - are Western, but the food makes it money well spent. $$$. CC: Yes. Eng. menu: Yes. Res: Yes. Jeséniova 53. tel: 371-767. hrs: 12.00-24.00 M-F; 18.00-24.00, Sat, Su.

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 covercharge 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. tel: 316-943 or 313-824. hrs: 11:30-16:00, 18:00-22:00 M-Th, Su. 11:30-16:00 Fri. 322-161 < 11:00 - 23:30 M-Su.

Delfín- Greek restaurant with statue-topped columns giving this a true Athenian touch. $. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Ružová dolina 18. tel: 683-58. hrs: 10:00-22:00, M-Su.

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. tel: 271-938. hrs: 11:00-22:00.

Lankai- Sip Chinese tea in an old wine cellar. $$. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Obchodná 42. tel: 332-074. hrs: 11:00-22:00.

Little Caesar's- Nestled on K-Mart's ground floor. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Kamenné nám. 1. hrs: 8-20:00, M-Su. @

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. hrs: 11:00-2:00 Su-Th, 11:00-5:00 F-Sa. @

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. tel: 332-303. hrs: @

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. tel: 212-109. hrs: 11:00-24:00.

IKEA Restaurant- This place won't redefine anyone's eating habits, but it's just what you might expect from IKEA. Immaculately clean, simply laid out and well-marked. Self-serve roast beef or ham and cheese sandwiches are fresh, though lacking in the taste department. The smoked salmon sandwiches are a special treat. The fresh salad at 10 Sk is crisp and tasty, and the two choices of dressings are free. There's also a choice of the day served by a cook sporting a white, puffy hat. Drop off the children at the day care center at the store and then grab a bite to eat. $. CC: no Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Tomášikova ul. 48.

Los Bandidos- Along the railroad tracks, behind a huge inflated cactus stands this Mexican-style joint. The thatch-roofed and Polynesian-looking decor make for an odd atmosphere. Try the omlette as a starter. The beans are spicy, but the rest of the food is not. Tacos are a misnomer for ketchup on placky. Podkolibská 1. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. < 11:00-5:00.

Pizzeria- The first of these two restaurants was so crowded with Slovaks hungry for inexpensive Italian pizza and pasta that they opened a second restaurant. $. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Špitálska 31 and Obchodná 45. % 361-353.

Pressbourg- An Alsacian chef gives this Hotel Danube restaurant a savory blend of French-German cuisine. Harp or guitar players mellow the mood in the evenings. Variety and presentation are strong suits here. Asparagus puff pastry and roast pheasant on sauerkraut with smoked bacon and deep-fried grapes are among the most delectable offerings. Save room for sorbet or iced nougat stuffed with cherries. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Rybné nám. 1. % 340-000. < 12:00-15:00, 18:30-22:30 M-Sa.

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

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.

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