by captain oddsocks
May 5, 2005
I sat in the dappled light of a lovely terrasse, under the arms of linden and birch trees, in a lovely outdoor seating area. The outdoor areas of some restaurants seem to be hastily cobbled together affairs, with a few plastic chairs strewn around somewhere near the door to the main restaurant. Bazalka, though, has obviously put in a high degree of forethought and care. The wicker chairs are comfortable and not crowded too near one another, there are screens appropriately placed for privacy, and a great plus for anyone dining alone who likes to write are the tables that don’t wobble! The many plants (in pots and in the ground) look well cared for and healthy, and I’ve always thought that good gardeners make good cooks.
The dishes on the menu were a little more expensive than I was accustomed to, with meat and fish dishes ranging between 130 and 170Kc. Side orders and drinks, however, were comparable with prices elsewhere. I chose one of the cheaper dishes on the menu, spaghetti carbonara, for 95Kc, and it was delicious. Carbonara is my fall-back meal; that is, the meal that I choose when I don’t know what I want or when I’m just too lazy to make a decision. My reasoning for carbonara is that anything combining eggs, bacon, and garlic can’t be too bad. Certainly the one from Bazalka’s kitchen was fresh, tasty, and generous, with no skimping on the bacon.
The whole experience at Bazalka was as crisp, light, and refreshing as the herb it is named after (basil). The service was prompt and friendly, the surroundings were very pleasant, and the children throwing pebbles into the mill channel and helping their grandparents feed the ducks provided plenty of fodder for people watching. The opportunity to sit out in the fresh air without compromising the standard of your dining experience is something that, as a nonsmoker, I always cherish.
Even if I’d chosen the most expensive dish, it would have been worth it, and I’ll definitely return next time I’m in Pardubice. See you there!
From journal Pardubice: Pernik, Semtex, and the Steeplechase