Friday 5 June | 2015
Bratislava might be one of the most exotic places we have ever been to. It’s really a great adventure to turn up to a city that you know nothing about, full of intrigue and expectation, and no clue as to what awaits you. Would it be modern or conservative? Clean or chaotic? Busy or quiet? As it turns out, Bratislava had lots of surprises for us – starting with its iconic blue church.
And closely followed by Urban House. Turns out that central Bratislava, while small, is super international – its boutiques are laden with high end clothing, as well as German, Italian and even Australian labels. Tourists are here from Asia and Canada, artisan coffee culture has taken off, and there’s a lot of hipsters with beards walking around. Urban House condenses all of this into one brilliant brunch spot in the heart of the city.
This impossibly cool cafe has a lengthy menu, covering dishes from all over the world. Mexican couscous, bruschetta, tandoori chicken, and something with hummus… such a mixed menu is usually our cue to leave, but the interior design here tells a different story and convinces us to stay.
Urban House boasts a big open indoor/outdoor space with every seating option known to man – window watching benches, standard tables, lounge tables, communal tables and even a hammock. Then there’s the chairs – your choice of metal or wooden, from stools to armchairs, in red or blue or any colour in between. Add a giant bookshelf laden with written treasure and power plugs for the techies, and this place really one size fits all.
The bright colours extend to the drinks menu. We love the bright hues of the blueberry and lavender lemonade, that tastes oh so refreshing and not the slightest bit soapy at all.
Line it up next to the Waldorf Astoria NYC sandwich, which takes farmhouse style bread with a heavy seeded crust and tops it off with roast beef, Waldorf salad, caramelised nuts and lots of peppery rocket. It’s worth putting your Paleo principles aside for!
The homemade focaccia is another sandwich star, with raw ham, sundried tomato pesto, parmesan shavings and more of that wild rocket. Unable to make focaccia well myself, I am struck with envy over the thick yet light as air slices dusted with oh so fragrant rosemary and a perfect sea salt kick.
By now there’s no way you’re still hungry, so the Mexican couscous can just sit pretty on your table, while you admire the stylish stoneware.
If it’s coffee you’re after, then at Urban House you’re in good hands. Their green plantation kava roast is treated well through chemex, filter, cold brew, aero press etc… to be finished off with almond or soya milk if you like. Served hot or cold, their brews are stellar.
Urban House is also a cheesecake specialist, and on this day we counted six different spins to choose from. Winning our attention was the chocolate and raspberry variation, which was more like carob and raspberry, and a bit too healthy for our tastes. Meanwhile the mint chocolate cheesecake borrowed a brownie base and fluffy mousse like topping, with one super rich slice being enough for two.
A great spot to while away a few hours, or just drop by if you’re passing through.
Something for everyone.
811 01 Bratislava
Menu – not in English, but the staff are more than happy to guide you.