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Restaurants - Slovak cuisine

Astor- Parakeets, fish tanks, and indoor fountains create a unique ambiance. Ascend the wide, carpeted staircase to the dining room that overlooks the YMCA. The food is decent, but the "lunch discount" is an insulting rip-off. 200% to 170% does not constitute a 30% discount as advertised. Call them on it. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Žilinská ul. % 497-751. <10:00-23:00, M-Sa.

Bakchus- Brick-laid vináreň featuring roomy tables and extensive, Slovak-oriented menu. Side order of fries is listed but must be ordered with an entree. Finding a table at peak hours requires patience. On a cold or rainy day, their hot spiced wine will warm you up. Sample dishes: Turkey Cordon Bleu, fried cheese, bryndzové halušky. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Hlboká ul. 5. %494-178. <10:00-20:00 M-Su.

Bystrica- Climb aboard the Starship Enterprise as you beam yourself up a slanted elevator to the top of SNP Bridge (7 Sk). The restaurant once revolved but now sits like a Jetsons memorial. At the top the view of Bratislava is unique and memorable - great picture of the castle. Taste is traditional Slovak for the Vienna price. A nice place for cake and coffee while you ponder Slovakia's fate. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Most SNP. <10:00-20:00 M-Su.

Gremium- Above its namesake café, just a few steps from the Opera House. The garlic soup loaded with garlic, croutons, parsley and an egg. Stuff yourself with the "Gremium Plate" of turkey, pork, beef, rice and French fries. $$ CC: yes. Eng. Menu: no. Res.: yes. Gorkého ul 11. % 321-818. < 11:30-24:00 M-Su.

Korzo- Well-known for its downstairs restaurant featuring a salad bar, traditional Slovak fare, and live folk music. For meat-eaters, the venison and steak are recommended. Also plan to visit the café on the street level which opens for breakfast at 9:OO and is an excellent place for a drink after the opera. Open until 23:00. $$$. CC :no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11. % 334-974. < 9-23:00. @

Lacinka- Flat crepes rolled with a smorgasbord menu of deliciously different fillings tacked on the wall. "The palacinky palace" is a popular student hangout. A 30 minute wait is not out of the ordinary but don't be surprised if it takes that long to make a final selection. The bulletin board has amusing material and is open for creative additions. Sample dishes: Banana-chocolate, nougat or "geodetická" crepes. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Šancova ul. 18. %497-414. <10:00-21:00 M-F, Su.

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.

Pekná Brána- Central European cuisine is complemented by a friendly and well-trained staff. Must try the schnitzel and "Somlói" Hungarian-style dessert. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Vysoká 39. <10:00-20:30.

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.

Prašná Bašta- Modern stained glass, cozy nooks for tables, and gothic, high-backed chairs give this restaurant and vinaren in old town an out-of-the ordinary feel. The food is tasty and cheap, mostly the basic Slovak menu with some twists, such as smoked trout and Armenian salad. The turkey curry is surprisingly good. Be prepared for a long evening - the service is friendly but slow; if you want to be left alone for a long conversation or even a game of cards, this is the place. $$.CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Zámočnícka 11. % 334-957. <11:00-23:00, M-Su. @

Slovenská Reštaurácia- Across from the U.S. Embassy, traditional Slovak food with modern service is the idea here. Only months since opening, the restaurant's decor still feels a bit like a forced attempt at traditional character. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Hviezdoslavovo nám. 20. % 334-883. <11:00-24:00, M-Su.

U Konzula- Fish has been found. They have got grilled fish, fried fish, broiled fish, fish on a platter, fish and chips. It's not exactly English, but still delicious. The inside is full of traditional Slovak decor, and outside you find yourself in a backyard garden setting. The other specialty is a wide selection of turkey dishes. $$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Palisády 40. %334-301. <11:00-23:00, M-Sa.@

U Sokola- Traditional Slovak atmosphere and food, with a special touch. The soups are excellent, as are the steak sandwich smothered in onions and the turkey with green beans and bacon. The back room has four tables for large parties. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Sokolská ul.10:00-24:00. <

Veľkí Františkáni- Traditional wine cellar with a live musical trio. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: on request. Res: no. Františkánske nám. 10. % 33-073. < 10:00-20:30.

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