Probably not the most common destination in Europe but surely a beautiful city, Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. It is popular as a stag destination but also has a picturesque old town that is well worth a visit.
Amongst the touristy restaurants in the Old town we found a little gem that deserves to be talked about.
I got attracted by a sign saying "Moods. Food. Wine. Joy". As it sounded like my life motto I felt like visiting this place. It is located in a narrow cobbled-stone street off one of the main streets.
You go down to the basement to find a modern and spacious wine bar/restaurant on 2 different levels. Bottles of wine and design objects reflect the wine theme. It is decorated with taste and attention to details. I was impressed straight away.
They have five main dishes, each one corresponding to a recommended house wine. The dishes vary in price from €7.90 for the Roast pork neck, stewing apples and Bavarian dumplings to €15.90 for the Beef tenderloin with plum chutney pancake stuffed with goat cheese.
They have a choice of appetisers/tapas that are also good value, presented beautifully and made with quality products. Prices start at €2.00 for rillettes up to €5.90 for Pork tenderloin with zucchini or marinated sirloin with a mustard dressing for example.
We decided to order their house wine to try Slovak wine, the waitress brought their Dobrá nálada Blaufränkisch 2011 (€8.90) described as an "elegant wine with high tannin content in the full aroma is dominated by ripe cherry and cinnamon flavors-spicy notes".
To accompany this lovely wine, we ordered a nice plate of local cheeses (€6.90), the Oškvarkové rillettes served on baguette (€2.00) and the marinated goat cheese with plums wrapped in bacon (€3.20). The food was great, it looked good and it tasted beautiful.
We ate to the beautiful sound of piano and double bass played live in a corner of the restaurant. The place downstairs looks like a wine cellar with changing light colours, making a very romantic setting.
I highly recommend this little gem if you're ever in Bratislava!
Moods - vináreň pod baštou, sro Moods
Baštová 3, 811 03 Bratislava Baštová 3, 811 03 Bratislava