Slovak Cuisine│What We Ate in Slovakia
As I mentioned before, we were not in Slovakia for anywhere near as long as we wanted to be. In fact, we loved Bratislava so much that immediately after arriving, we wished that we could extend our stop here! Unfortunately, since we wanted to see so much on our two month road trip around Europe, we often had to cut our loses and move on. [And make a mental note of the places where we wanted to return!]
Slovak cuisine varies slightly from region to region across Slovakia. It has been influence by the tradition cuisine of its neighbouring countries. Both methods of cooking cuisine, as well as specific ingredients used, can be traced back to times when the majority of the population lived on a self-sufficient basis in villages. They had very limited food imports and exports and no modern means of preserving food. This resulted in a cuisine heavily dependent on a number of staple foods that could stand the hot summers and cold winters. These included wheat, potatoes, milk and milk products, pork meat, sauerkraut and onion.
On any holiday to Bratislava you will inadvertably end up on this amazing street, with St Michael’s Gate as the main focal point and gateway to the wonderful Old Town. You can go into the tower and the museum housed within to see the original plans and layout of the city fortifications.
The street itself is one of the main tourist streets in this most gorgeous of cities and is packed with some wonderful architecture and teeming with pubs, bars and restaurants plus an assortment of shopping outlets. It is therefore not hard to see why we were keen on sitting down here for some lunch. This is the perfect spot for people watching, beer drinking, and off course, for enjoying some traditional Slovakian food.
Our little guy had fallen asleep while we were walking around, so we managed to sneak in one of our “stolen dates” while he was sleeping. We do this quite frequently, and even though he is right there next to us, we feel like we are alone and on a date. It was a nice warm day, so we covered the stroller and parked him in the shade. He had a great sleep… and we enjoyed some cold Czech Budweiser Budvar Světlý Ležák (The original Czech Budweiser, not the American version).
The interior of the restaurant was pretty interesting, but since we were on the main street of Bratislava – the food was way overpriced, and the service was not the best. Nevertheless, we had a good time… as we do. It really doesn’t take much to make us happy!
What did we decide to eat?
In an attempt to eat healthy, I had the chicken salad. My dish did contain bread, lots of creamy dressing, and some sort of deliciously fried, cheese stuffed, thing… but oh well, I TRIED! Justin had the goulash and bread dumplings.
Segedin Goulash – which has a Hungarian influence – makes for a great main dish. It can be the star of the show due to its meatiness and heavy constitution. It is usually sesrved with some steamed dumplings. Slovakian cuisine is quite distinctive in its preference for serving dumplings with soups and stews.
Also check out the delicious sweet treat that we tried earlier that day — Pirôžky: A Slovakian Donut
Even though it was overpriced, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch! The beers, the food, the location and, of course, the company – were all PERFECT!