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Oct 7, 2012 03:20 AM

Prague - anyone eaten there?

Anyone had dinner in Prague?

I'll be there for Shabbat later this month, arriving late Thurs. Should I book Dinitz, King Solomon or Shalanu?

Other food advice gratefully accepted.

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  1. There's a thread on here somewhere. We were there in 99. I think we ate in Solomon. It was somewhere between fine and good.

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    1. re: DeisCane

      Lucky you.

      There are three choices, King Solomon, Dinitz and Shelanu. Reviews on Shamash of King Solomon indicate that it may not be as nice as it was a decade ago. But I find the food reviews on shamash unreliable, that is, they often appear to have been written by people who for various reasons do not eat out in restaurants often.

      Since I will have to book Shabbat before actually getting to Prague and eating at any of these restaurants, I thought I'd see if anyone was in a position to compare the choices.

    2. Answering my own question, hoping it will be of use to someone.

      King Solomon is expensive ~$250 for dinner for two without wine. The food is very good, a contemporary riff on classic Jewish dishes. starters were stuffed cabbage (veal) It came in a dressy presentation of a single cabbage leaf covering a large portion of minced veal in a brown sauce, the meat was flavored with marjoram, delicious and interesting. Nothing like the usual sweet/sour red sauce. They were out of the listed meat borscht, so we also started with a small bowl of what turned out to be an uninteresting but fine barley/bean/mushroom soup. One main course was roasted goose breast with prune sauce and croquettes flavored with rosemary. The other was roasted goose leg with cholent ane cabbage. Again, the cabbage involved no tomaro, it was a lemony sauce with a hint of honey, and the "cholent" was a wonderful dish of a mix of very new dried beans lightly cooked in a blend of fresh herbs. Everything on both plates was wonderful, as was the dessert of apple strudel in a creative presentation. Whipped craem, the strudel not overly sweet with a filo-like dough grizzled with chocolate and accompanied by a fresh gooseberry sorbet. Perhaps not up to the top Jerusalem/New York/Paris places, but I would go again in a heartbeat.

      Dinitz is half the price, but I stopped there for lunch one day and we had two very good Shabbat meals there. Friday and Saturday both started with an array of salads, different at lunch and dinner, ranging form hummus to cold slaw. Fri went on to a pleasant vegetable soup, then roasted chicken with potatoes, followed by fresh fruit plates. Saturday was a a very nice meatball main course accompanied by a bowl of cholent for the table, and a richly flavored chocolate fudge cake to finish. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely, very Shabbat feeling and a nice crowd - Israeli and American. The Pakistani waiter does a particularly fine job of creating a warm Shabbosdik atmosphere.

      The interesting part was that I stopped there for a sandwich on Friday and the food was more exciting than on Shabbat. I had a cup of vegetable soup similar to the soup served on Friday, but kicked up with fresh herbs and shredded fresh ginger. The green salad was excellent, a little much dressing, but the olive oil in the dressing was so flavorful that I practically lapped it up, and the chicken sandwich was freshly, perfectly grilled chicken on fresh baguette with a fresh mayonnaise - it was superb. they seem to tone it down for Shabbat, perhaps thinking that strong flavors wiil displease.

      Also stopped at Shelanu (Chabad) once for a very nice meat lasagna, and once together, one of us had a grilled trout and pasta with a very good fresh tomato basil sauce, the other a very flavorful goulash - with good Hungarian paprika. Very good home-style cooking.

      Chabad sells fresh baked bread and it and Dinitz will pack up boxed lunches.

      Really, Prague is a perfect destination for a kosher foodie vacation. Daily minyan, choice of 3 Shabbat mininyanim, and a Haagan Dazs store on every corner.