Hearty Slovak cuisine, with its emphasis on meat and potatoes, is not well represented in world cuisine. So take the opportunity to try some authentic dishes while you’re here. Pork and dumplings and bryndzové halušky, gnocchi-style potato, should convince you this is a cuisine worth exploring. Here are ten restaurants in Bratislava to help you do just that.
Located right next to Bratislava castle, Restaurant Hrad’s best assets are its terrace offering unparalleled views over the whole city and the opportunity to escape the summertime crush of castle visitors. Hrad is perfect for an afternoon break in the summer, to enjoy a cold beer, fresh Slovak wine or freshly squeezed lemonade. If you want to eat then Slovak specialties such as duck or beef stew are the usual choices, but the menu extends to more international options, including hamburgers and pasta.
The atmospheric city brewery is one of the best places to try a Slovak beer, with an interior of dark tables, brewing vats and arched ceilings to go with a menu of home-brewed specialties: lagers and wheat beers. Chase down with other Slovak drinks such as slivovica, a spirit most often made from plums, although apricot, juniper and other flavorings can be sampled too. The brewery also serves up cold and warm appetizers; traditional favorites include pivný syr (beer cheese), utopenec s feferónkami, cibuľkou a s cesnakom (pickled sausage with peppers, onion and garlic) as well as tatársky biftek (steak tartar).
Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar, Drevená 8, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 944 512 265
Slovaks love their soup, so it is hardly surprising to find a restaurant dedicated to this warm and filling delicacy. A perfect lunch stop, Soupa Bistro cooks up generous bowls of steaming soup and buzzing ambience in the charming, country-themed dining room. Four different soups are offered daily, both traditional and inventive, international ones from chefs who truly love their tasty liquid lunches and a bit of kitchen experimentation.