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BEST ASIAN RESTAURANTS IN BRATISLAVA

To write about the Asian cuisine restaurants is a tough job, when you take into consideration the vague culinary term “Asian food.” Since Asia is comprised of hundreds of different regions, countries and subcultures, Asian cuisine includes far too many different types of cuisines.

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Bratislava loves Asian food and you can find plenty of good restaurants here serving the best Asian meals. Here is a pick of our favourite Asian places without particular categorizing or balancing between various subtypes of Asian food. The list is not all-inclusive but rather mentions restaurants that we tend to visit and would further recommend.

BISTRO SOHO

If you feel like having something spicy and Thai-inspired for a reasonable price at a hipster-ish place, SOHO is the spot to remember. It is a modern bistro with three branches, originally furnished premises, lounge atmosphere and friendly staff. Still, it’s the food that excites us the most. Our absolute favourites include their coconut soup with chicken and noodles, or the coconut soup with tofu and a banana! Booking in advance is advised.

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GREEN BUDDHA

The combination of top service, traditional high quality Asian food (focused on Thai and Asian fusion) and stylish exotic premises are a promise of an unforgettable experience. That is a short definition of Green Buddha. Anyone with a predilection for the exotic will be enchanted by this uniquely themed place full of Buddha statues which offers a feast not only for the eyes but also for your tummy.  We fell in love with their smoked salmon rolls served with herbs, strawberries and tom yam honey.

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my-account ADDRESS: Zelená 4
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SASAZU

Inspired by the Southeast Asian region, SaSaZu’s cuisine is based on a fusion of five techniques and elements of Asian cooking. These are Sambal, Otak Otak, Flame, Roti, and Tai Tai Grill. This award winning restaurant strives for something a little more upmarket. The dimly lit dining room with an extremely high ceiling (thanks to its location in the roofed courtyard of Erdody Palace) and huge red lanterns creating a lavish feel, attracts a more mature clientele. The staff is very professional, attentive and well-trained in the menu. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, you are at the right place. We award 10 points for their stupendous Sasa roll – a tuna salmon roll in nori, wasabi and black sesame sauce.

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my-account ADDRESS: Ventúrska 1
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BENIHANA

Come to this place if you look for a unique dining experience with chefs cooking at your table. This Japanese restaurant will please your taste buds with amazing meat, sushi from fresh fish and sea food and house specialties, and please your eyes as well – you will be entertained as a bonus! Simple Asian cuisine based on quality ingredients is what the philosophy of Benihana (meaning red flower) is about. Food, atmosphere, the chef and the whole service, we rate everything as top level.

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KANSAI

We were delighted to dine at this Japanese restaurant which focuses mostly on Japanese meat dishes from the Kansai region rather than fish and sushi. As sushi is the most traditional take on otherwise diverse traditional Japanese cuisine, this was a great change! You would not find this place by accident, as it is well hidden in a courtyard and you need to go several staircases to get there, but we recommend to plan your visit here. The prices are very favourable, too. This is probably the only place in Bratislava where you will get the salty pancake Okonomiyaki, triangle rice with seaweed Onigiri and where the dishes have the katsuobushi (dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna) on top of them which magically moves in the heat coming from the food and has the „wow, it’s alive“ effect.

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KAI SUSHI & FUSION BAR

Size isn’t everything when it comes to sushi restaurants. Even the smallest venues can have big reputations. Kai Sushi Fusion Restaurant is a tiny place which offers traditional Japanese cuisine with some Asian fusion and a hint of European influences. As the name indicates, its main focus is sushi and to be honest, we would say it has the best sushi in town. It is not only authentic and delicious but also artfully crafted and beautifully arranged into various exotic and colourful shapes. Booking in advance is advised.


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WAGAMAMA

You had probably already known this British chain of Japanese restaurants from your home country before it got to Bratislava. Fairly new in our capital, Wagamama became a popular addition to the Medusa Group Restaurants. It has a beautiful location on the Danube embankment within the Eurovea shopping centre and its cuisine focuses on ramen noodles, teppanyaki, curry and different salads.  The famous concept of communal tables, long benches and an open kitchen make it easy for you to watch the chefs preparing your meal. We like that we know what to expect on our plates wherever in the world we are.


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my-account ADDRESS: Pribinova 8 (Eurovea Shopping Center)
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JASMIN

Probably the best Chinese restaurant in Bratislava. Open since 1996, it offers quite traditional and not too much surprising cuisine. This however means nothing bad at all as it is very tasty and authentic. The premises designed by Matus Vallo are fabulous. Thanks to the great service and ambience, you will feel like in a noble restaurant in Manhattan :) The prices are however very reasonable. We especially loved the black and white photos by famous Slovak photographer Karol Kallay and the pleasant romantic lounge music.

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Best Asian Places

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EDO-KIN SUSHI & SAKE BAR

Edo-Kin is hidden in a shopping mall Cubicon (with a second branch in a shopping mall Bory). It  offers very fresh and tasty sushi and other Japanese dishes in a pleasant, modern and very relaxed atmosphere. The staff is very informal and friendly but professional and premises are simple and Japan-evoking. The meals we tried were always fresh, tasty and quickly served. We were mostly impressed by their non-sushi options, such as tremendous Udon Shrimp (with amazingly thick noodles) or their fabulous appetizer Gyoza Vegie.

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my-account ADDRESS: Staré Grunty 24 (O.C. Cubicon), Lamačská brána 6780 (O.C. Bory Mall)
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PHONG NAM BISTRO

Don’t get fooled by the shabby look of this small shed. it can easily compete with all the fancy Asian restaurants. They recently reconstructed the place and thus it now looks somewhat more representative and is  bigger. The magic happens when you order Bun Bo Nam Bo, Boxao Dau or Pho soup – you will be able to enjoy a genuine Vietnamese foodgasm! Just don’t get scared by the interior or hungry crowd, it is the food you are here for!

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Best Asian Places

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HANOI GARDEN

If you feel like having delicious Vietnamese food, but in a restaurant with service rather than in a fast food style, try Hanoi Garden. This popular restaurant on Nobelova street (we found out the location is strategically chosen since this is the area of highest concentration of Vietnamese population in Bratislava) is 100% authentic – the chef is from Vietnam and the personnel is mostly Vietnamese, too! Their Bun Bo Nam Bo passed our quality test exceeding expectations and the Pho bo soup is believed to be the best in town here!

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Best Asian Places

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GANESH UTSAV

Indian, Ayurvedic and vegetarian restaurant where the authentic environment of the original Indian cuisine will enchant you. Even though the restaurant presents itself as a vegetarian one, those who like meat will be able to choose a tasty dish as well. Trained Indian professionals  with experience from the world-famous Indian Ayurvedic center Somatheeram in South India will serve your dishes.

You can choose from an “a la carte” menu and during the week days they also have a daily vegetarian lunch menu (11:00 – 16:00) for a special price. If you can’t make up your mind on what to try (because everything you’ll read sounds really good), we recommend to go for the „Vegetable Tali“. It is basically a tasting menu consisting of 2 starters, 3 main courses, 2 side dishes, pickles and a dessert. The pick of the dishes is the chef’s choice (changes daily), so it’s gonna be a surprise to you. However, there is always a meal based on yogurt, on cheese and on lentils – you can also ask for maximum one meat dish, the rest is vegetarian. It’s quite a lot of food in total so it serves perfectly for 2 people to share :)

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ASHOKA

Indian chefs, Indian restaurant owner and ingredients that come directly from India – welcome to the Ashoka restaurant which is part of the Crown Plaza hotel in Bratislava city center. The music, interior’s decor underline the authenticity. Personnel is always very welcoming and helpful. The cuisine offers diverse tastes, colors and scents. And we must say that we come here primarily because of the food – the ambiance of the place is a bit impersonal, compared for example to the Ganesh Utsav restaurant mentioned above. The menu is indeed very wide so there is no chance you would not pick something of your preference. Be it soups, meat, fish or vegetarian meals. If you are in a rush, you can order your food in advance and pick it up as a take-away.

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MAKAN

The first authentic Indonesian restaurant in Bratislava opened in a close cooperation with the Embassy of Indonesia. The idea of the whole project was to bring all authentic meals from this exotic country to Slovaks and people living in the city. We discovered that 90 % of the meals you get here are gluten-free and that they only use rice flour for cooking. In order to guarantee the highest quality, they import almost all of the ingredients from Netherlands. What we tried and also recommend is to go for the special Tasting Menu. Best way to explore the blend of diverse tastes to the fullest, especially if you do not have much of experience with Indonesian cuisine!

 

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  1. Cool, most dishes look really authentic…

  2. Maehwa for Korean food…they have Japanese food too but considering this is the only Korean restaurant in Bratislava, I have no reason to eat Japanese food when I go there.

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