Hi all. I went to Prague and stuffed my face for a little over a week leading up to Christmas. So beautiful that time of the year with all the markets and decorations! I ate a lot of street food. You can never go wrong with a sausage or a gooey smažený sýr. I'd lived there in the past and visit every couple of years, so some of these are revisits of restaurants I love. Some are new to me. Here are the highlights of my bigger meals.
Lví Dvůr http://www.lvidvur.cz/en/index.php
A huge favorite of mine for many years. Wonderful traditional Czech food in a beautiful atmosphere with views of the castle gardens. Everything is good, but I love the spit roasted suckling pig plate. Juicy, full flavored, it is heaven. Served with crispy potatoes and a small salad. Pig perfection on a plate.
U Templářů http://www.utemplaru.cz/
A cozy cellar restaurant right off Old Town Square with superb food. This one was new to me, I ducked in on a rainy evening and had a wonderful steak done to a nice medium-rare. It was served with a black pepper cream sauce, and the mashed potatoes on the side were decadently buttery, but not heavy tasting. Huge menu here, something for everyone. I recommend a stop in here.
Potrefená Husa http://www.potrefena-husa.eu/en
A small chain with outposts throughout the city. Czech and continental food, always consistently good. The star of this pace is the tartare appetizer. Rich buttery tasting beef, and it's very well spiced. And because I like to beef it up, I went with the beef goulash. Tender, full of onion flavor, hearty and satisfying. The duck in beer jus is also very good.
Locanda Marino: http://www.locandamarino.cz/o-nas.php
In my opinion, the best pizza in the city. Many varieties of pie, along with other Italian dishes. I've tried many of the pizzas over time, but always come back to prosciutto and arugula. Very nice Naples style pie, melt in your mouth prosciutto and fresh arugula. I saved room for this one, because I wanted to eat it all!
La Finestra: http://www.lafinestra.cz/en/uvod/
Lovely Italian, no pizza. A somewhat small but well executed menu. Changes somewhat with the seasons. I started with a plate of prosciutto and several kinds of mozzerella. So fresh! My entree was pork Saltimbocca. Juicy and peppery. On the side there was mashed potatoes with bits of olives and a very rich cream of sorts (?). Sadly no room for desert.
Run, don't walk! This meal was one of the best of my life. When you go for dinner, the only option is an ever changing 6 course tasting, and it is spectacular. The highlight for me was a soft shell crab slider. Lightly coated on a perfect little pillowy bun. I was told this one is almost always on the menu. Beef rendang so full of well balanced gingery flavor. Salmon sashimi... I could go on, but the only way to know what you'll get is to just go and feast.
Lemon Leaf http://www.lemon.cz/en/
A longtime favorite of mine. Not the most authentic Thai in the world, but it's not a complaint, exactly. They do a bang up job of putting tasty food on the table. Very solid soups and curries. I had almond coated shrimp with a sour and salty chili dip. Freshly fried, quite good. Then the green curry with chicken. The rich flavor you would expect with good heat and plenty of fresh herbs. Served with Jasmine rice. Deserts seem to rotate, I lucked into a delicious coconut custard with sliced melon.
And here's a fun thing to do if you've got some time on your hands---pay a visit to the gastronomy museum. http://www.muzeumgastronomie.cz/en/home
A fun, shortish tour. The friendly owner will answer any questions and it provided a great look at how the average kitchen and cuisine of Central Europe and elsewhere has evolved. I quite enjoyed it.
And don't miss some refreshment at the Prague Beer Museum :) Kind of goes without saying.
Dobrou chuť !!!