Czech food may not have the reputation of some of its European counterparts, but you should be reassured that if you book a trip to Prague, you certainly won’t go hungry!
The booming tourist industry in Prague has brought with it a host of fine dining restaurants that serve a diverse range of international cuisine as well as plenty of local favourites. By European standards, the prices are also extremely affordable, which means you can enjoy a three-course meal with a good bottle of wine for much less than you might think.
But what are some of the city’s fine dining gems? These, in our opinion, are some of the best…
Eska is a relatively new addition to the dining options in Prague, combining a café, bakery and restaurant in a converted fabric factory. The stark, industrial feel of the exposed brickwork and the open kitchen create a real buzz and gives the restaurant a contemporary feel that complements chef Martin Štangl’s modern take on traditional Czech and Nordic cuisine.
The breakfast is particularly popular, with flaky croissants, homemade coffee cake and open-faced sandwiches. There’s also a focus on ordinary ingredients, particularly vegetables, which are plated in a new and unique way.
This friendly and informal restaurant specialises in Asian cuisine cooked using ingredients sourced locally from Czech farmers. There’s no menu as such, with the waiters explaining what dishes are available depending on the produce sourced from the market that day. That means no two visits to Sansho are the same. However, a few trademark dishes include the 12-hour rendang, curried rabbit and pork belly with watermelon and hoisin.
SaSaZu is a state-of-the-art club and upmarket Asian restaurant that’s one of just five in Prague to earn a place in Michelin’s Bib Gourmand Category. If it’s world-class Asian food you fancy, then SaSaZu is the best in the city. We particularly recommend chef Shahaf Shabtay’s Hong Kong roll, which is one of his own creations. Other favourites include the Otak Otak, Sambal, Flame, Roti or Tai Tai Grill. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Kampa Park is arguably the most famous fine dining restaurant in the city. Its location on a small peninsula jutting over the Vltava River threatens to outshine the food itself, but that’s before you start eating. The extravagant menu includes world-class fish and meat dishes along with more than 150 types of wine to wash it all down. Diners can also choose whether to eat in one of the stylish dining rooms or on the riverside terrace overlooking Charles Bridge.
If it’s a hearty burger or steak you fancy then head to Café Palanda, which is one of the stars of the city’s burgeoning burger scene. Using only the finest meat reared on Czech farms, the chefs at Café Palanda create a wide selection of burgers, with everything from blue cheese and portabella to BBQ bacon cheeseburgers. Make sure you book in the evening as the restaurant is quite small.
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