Ice Cream Luculus: Great Ice Cream and So Crowded
It's Sunday afternoon in late April and there is a crowd forming on a large street in Old Town? Is it a group of musicians or a celebrity? No its the line for Luculus Ice Cream!
This place has an amazing local following. A huge line of people including many families standing patiently in line for ice cream. Luculus has some great ice cream but it also sells cakes, cookies and other items. However on a Sunday afternoon it seems everyone was having ice cream.
I must say that they have some unusual flavors. Many with apple including apple banana, apple raisin but a whole range of flavors. A single scoop ice cream cone costs a mere .70 Euros, a price that would be unheard of cheap in most other places in Europe. The service given the long lines is relatively quick.
Favorite Dish: The apple ice cream, not something you see often in the United States, was great. Cost including a large sugar cone was only .7 Euros!
Kral Matej: Tried traditional food
After some walking I turned to one restaurant not so far from town hall square. It had many clients, but they looked local, so I decided it is a reasonable and good place. Actually it was true.
I ordered Slovak national food, names as Bryndzove haluski, also Bazant beer (I think this one is the most popular in Slovakia). For all I payed about 11 euros.
The service was fast, actually I came here later the other day for the other beer :)
Pizzeria Bella Napoli 1: Some pizza for first evening
Pizzeria Bella Napoli was located just nearby my hotel. As I met friend, we imidiatelly put my baggage to room and went out for some food and drink. We have found pizzeria just nearby.
It is simple, good pizzeria with some places outside as well. I ordered a medium pizza with ham and 0,5L Slovakian beer (can't remember the name). It was around 7 euros for everything, still quite affordable.
Restaurant Leberfinger: Dining by the Danube
The restaurant Leberfinger is one of Bratislava’s top Slovak restaurants and is well known for its cuisine based on traditional Pressburg specialties.
The building has had a chequered history and was originally an inn that was even visited by Napoleon before battling the Austrians. In the 1950’s the building became run down and after being destroyed by fire in 1992 was rebuilt in 1996-1998 by the Civic Association of the WEST Theatre.
Monday to Friday: 10.00 am to 121.00 pm
Favorite Dish: Homemade chicken soup 69.00 Sk
Sirloin “Stroganoff” 309.00 Sk
Ice cream 99.00 Sk
- Food and Dining
Slovenska restuarant: Slovenska restuarant
This very small restaurant is located in the centre in the old part.
Its very small and you could easily miss it but its a cute little place with local food and decent enough prices.
It has just 4 tables on the ground floor but has more upstairs.
We had 2 mains, a pint of local draft beer and a mulled wine for 28 euros. Food was pretty large and the guy serving although broken english was friendly.
The Slovak Pub: Classic....
Yes, I know this place has been around for ages and it's a 'classic' Bratislavan place to eat for visitors. But even so it is most *definitely* worth at least one visit.
It's a superb place, imo. It's been very cleverly created, with each of its rooms (at least 8, I think) having a different theme from Slovak history. One of them is actually a 200-year-old house from the Liptov region which was taken apart and reconstructed inside the pub.
The menu is extensive and very reasonably-priced (student prices means it's very, very popular with Bratislava's many students). Everything from steaks to 'things to eat with beer' to lots of Slovak standards ..including excellent halusky, I was told...and some vegetarian options too. You can download the food and beverage list from the pub website.
I visited early on a Wednesday night: the place was already busy and buzzing, mostly with younger people although I did not feel particularly out of place (I am by no means young). I managed to find a table in 'The Terrace', which portrays the pagan era of Slovakia: a huge painting of the first king and smaller paintings of others (plus wooden 'stockades').
I ordered a dark Krusovice (a Czech beer) with a 'Farmer's Plate (ham, sausage, bacon, smoked cheese) and a tomato salad. Both dishes were excellent and the home-made bread which accompanied them was superb.
I treated myself to another dark Krusovice and a home-made strudel, which was also excellent.
The bill for all that? Just 11.30 euro.
Service was courteous and helpful, with good English spoken (most young Bratislavans speak at least adequate English, in my experience).
This isn't an upmarket experience but if you want excellent and reasonably-priced beer and food in a convivial atmosphere, the Slovak Pub is definitely the place to go.
I think it would be a good idea to reserve a table in advance if there are several of you and/or if you are visiting at weekends. The place was very busy on a late October Wednesday so goodness knows what it's like on a Friday or Saturday!
Open 1000 to 0000 every day except Friday and Saturday, when it closes at 0200.
- Budget Travel
Bratislava Flagship Restaurant: A new(ish) classic.....
I first came across this place when I was exploring places to eat in Bratislava online. It looked interesting, but I rarely seek out specific places.
Then I came across its entrance when I was wandering, and eating there seemed meant to be.
I went into the entrance, and opened the door...and found myself in what seemed to be a rather gloomy corridor, lined with odd artefacts and paintings. Alittle disconcerting, perhaps, but I pressed onwards and came into the bar area...tweeting birds in cages, old furniture, objets trouves and 'antique' bits & pieces all over the place. I didn't even bother to go upstairs (there is a very large room on the second floor): this place suited me down to the ground! So much so I ended up eating there twice.
The first time I was tired, and not very hungry. So I ordered a small Zlaty Bazant (a light-golden Slovak beer, which in my head I kept calling 'Slartibartfast'...no idea why!) and 'something with beer'...in my case, paprika sheep's cheese (the owners have their own organic sheep farm) with home-made bread. It was absolutely superb, very filling and very reasonably-priced ( paid less than 6 euro for the lot).
The second time I visited I was a bit hungrier, and so decided on the Czech (horrors!) staple of roast pork, cabbage and dumpling. I've had this before, in the Czech Republic...but I have never had anything as god as this: the pork melted in the mouth, the 'bread dumpling' slices were light and airy and the cabbage...made to a family recipe, I was told...was absolutely wonderful. With another Zlaty Bazant, this cost less than 9 euro.
It was only when I saw a brochure for the 'Slovak Pub' on the table, and asked the barman/waiter, that I realised this was a new versions of that old favourite. The Bratislava Flagship has been open for about 3 years and is a bit more of a 'restaurant' than the Slovak pub..but even so it was busy with people on both Monday and Tuesday nights, and the vast majority of those people were in their 20s.
If I'd been in Bratislava longer I'd have tried even more of their menu. The home-made bread alone makes it worth eating there.
A superb place in terms of ambience as well as food...make sure you try it at least once!
- Budget Travel
Cafe-Restaurant U Filipia
For dinner our first night we stopped at U Filipia, a nice, but touristy restaurant in the heart of the Old Town. We had chicken breast dressed in herbs (thyme, basil, pepper) covered with fried bacon and baby carrot for 229 SKK and pork fillet medallions with artichokes and olives for 269 SKK. We also had sides of fried potatoes (35 SKK), potato dumplings (60 SKK), a few of my favorite Zlaty Bazant beers (50 SKK each) with the house wine (52 SKK each). Out total bill for this ample and tasty meal was a reasonable 745 SKK (24.50 USD).
This restaurant is very nice with traditional food, but it is in the tourist area, so expect to sit near Americans and other English speakers. We sat a few tables away from an American group from Long Island, New York, and her loud voice and unusual accent was almost enough to drive us out of the place. Luckily they were just finishing up as we were getting our meals. In America this wouldn't have bothered me, but after a week or two in Europe, you kind of get used to quieter conversation in nice restaurants.
- Budget Travel
Staroslovenska Krcma: traditional and atmospheric.
I believe the name of this retaurant translates as Old Slovak bar and the ambiance in this cellar establishment certainly appears to be very traditional. Our waiter told us it was actually on old dungeon, and the ancient well is still visible. Tapestries, mismatched chairs and assorted nick-nacks make it a pleasant place to dine.
In summer, I believe al fresco dining in the courtyard is a popular pastime.
Service was good but not overpowering and the food was very good washed down with a couple of local Zlaty Bezant (Golden Pheasant) beers.
The Old Slovak style chicken soup makes a lovely starter but be warned, it is extremely filling!
Given it's very central location I suppose it's not entirely surprising, but this was the most expensive place we ate with the bill for two coming to 1407 SKK which is about 26 pounds sterling or 51USD.
The second photo shows you the distinctive sign to look out for in the street.
Favorite Dish: My main course called Čertov oheň was excellent. It is small pieces of pork cooked in a mushroom, horseradish and cream sauce and served with croquette potatoes. Absolutely delicious.
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Slovak Pub: Number 23 in Lonely Planets list
I don't know how important it is to be in Lonely Planets list, but they say in web pages that the pub is no 23 in the list. If you like Czech or Slovakian beer, this is definitely the town and the place to enjoy one pint of those.
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 02:00
Sun 12:00 - 00:00
The picture is only add, but it's a nice one, I think.
Favorite Dish: Try Krusovice or Zlaty Basant tmavy, it is the dark one. The prices might still be lower before 18:00.
- Beer Tasting
Zichy: Enjoying food in Old Town
Zichy is one of the many restaurants located in the old town. As we were becoming tired and hungry, Zichy seemed to be a good option. Although I was satisfied with the portions and the taste, I found this restaurant a bit expensive. The food and the service was excellent. And it helped us get some more energy to complete our Bratislava tour. We sat outside to watch the people stroll, but there is also a large dining hall which can accomodate large groups.
Favorite Dish: I liked the skewers I ordered and the deer steak my wife tried tasted great too...
- Food and Dining
Twenties: Nice food, watch your change and check the bill
Nice chic surroundings on a small street in the old town. The food is good, nothing new, exciting or exceptional but not bad.
But CHECK your BILL, I was charged twice for a single glass of wine and the barmaid refused to return my change even when asked.
Favorite Dish: The mixed vegetables main course is good
- Castles and Palaces
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
U PIONIERA CAFE BAR: Nice retro cafe
In the hostel they gave me recommendation to go for the breakfast to this coffee house. The place is very nice and close to the historical centre. They have decorations from the socialistic era in Czechoslovakia. Old toys, pictures and equipment. I missed any information in english, but staff was very helpful so it was interesting for me anyway.
Favorite Dish: I had american coffee and 2 pieces of slovak pastry called "rozok" or "rohlik" with ham and vegetables and it seems to be kind of baguette in Slovakia. It was nice and all whole breakfast for 2,80€ :)
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Sultan Restaurant: Traditional Halal Arabic Restaurant
After getting some info from Leics; A member of VT, We went to check out a restaurant. A traditional halal Arabic restaurant with ambience from the middle-east, Equipped with good facilities and the restaurant is also divided into smoking and non-smoking corner. A very cosy place to have your lunch/dinner with family or loved ones while having a nice holiday in Bratislava!
Favorite Dish: Biriani Dajaj, Biriani Lahm & Kabsah Lahm.
- Luxury Travel
- Family Travel
- School Holidays
caribics: Fish!!! Very good Fish
The Food was excellent, but beware this is for local people a Upper Class Resto!!! Personally i have nothing more to add than this, the price reflects te quality of the food, very tasty and good service!!!!
- Business Travel