45 minutes from Vienna is the South Moravian town of Mikulov – a town rich in history and viticulture. A beautiful town with cobbled roads and a castle surrounded by vineyards famous for the delightful Palava wine. Late in the winter, the streets are empty and the town has a sleepy feel but the latent energy is palatable.
After a morning strolling around the old town soaking in the winter sunshine and breathing in the fresh country air it was time to settle in for a quick bite to eat. Mikulov may have plenty of pretty cafes with gorgeous sun drenched patios, but the dining scene is a little thin. However, after a little research I decided to have a light lunch at Sojka & Spol.
The bistro is located above an organic food shop and boasts a simple yet very fresh menu. It’s a very simple setting, clean and cozy with a lot of window seating looking down onto the cobbled main street where mothers are pushing their baby strollers and couples are huddled together sipping coffee trying to soak up a rare sunny day in the winter.
A shrimp tempura was selected as an appetizer. Crispy batter, succulent shrimp served on prawn crackers and a light fresh salad drizzled with a honey balsamic dressing. Fresh, clean and not greasy – it was very pleasing.
The main dish was wild deer served with roast baby potatoes. The deer was medium to well done yet remained moist and tender. The gravy didn’t overpower the meat and the gamey taste of the deer carried through. Again, a very fresh dish and all washed down with a glass of the local wine. A perfect lunch.
Being so close to Vienna, a visit to Mikulov makes a great day trip away from all the tourist trappings that litter Vienna. A great natural environment in a historical town.
Incidentally, if you are wondering about the posts’s title, Sojka is Czech for the Eurasian Jay Bird.
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