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keithangus Oct 26, 2012 12:11 PM

Any suggestions please for good casual/ mid price restaurants in Prague? Food/ wine the key, not decor. Italian? Czech? Have heard about good duck restaurant but can't track it down so any help appreciated



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    Eddie Oct 27, 2012 05:43 AM

    Very good duck is available at Perpetuum, a short walk from Mala Strana metro station. We had dinner there about a year ago and loved it. The metro is very easy to use, by the way.

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      Eddie Oct 27, 2012 05:46 AM

      Alas, I just searched for their web site and saw a report that they closed earlier this year.

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        keithangus Oct 27, 2012 09:03 AM

        Thanks anyway will keep hunting!

    2. vanderb Oct 28, 2012 03:22 AM

      Prague is beer country in the CZ, especially at the casual level. I want to recommend Lokal (as I and many others have if you search this board) as their food is outstanding, the atmosphere casual, and although they do serve wine... beer is the beverage of choice.

      You can also find my review of Katr, a newly opened resto in the Josefov district - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871110 .

      Otherwise I suggest letting folks know the district you're staying in, or plan to spend the most time and it'll be easier to make recommendations.

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        keithangus Oct 28, 2012 10:03 AM

        thanks, much appreciated. we are staying near Prague Castle so any suggestions welcome. Any thoughts on Aromi or Ambiente Pasta Fresca for casual italian dining?

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          vanderb Oct 29, 2012 02:39 AM

          Sorry I haven't had any Italian dinning experiences in Prague yet, but for casual dinning with a wine option here are some suggestions:

          U Zavěšenýho Kafe, Úvoz 6. This is a little cafe with some excellent casual food, a decent selection of wine and unfortunately a smoking establishment. You will find it at the top of Nerudova on the way up to the castle, just go past the turn to the castle and you'll find it on the right hand side. I highly recommend the venison pate if it's on the specials board.

          I can also recommend the small restaurant in Hotel Neruda, on Nerudova about 50 meters before the turn to the castle. They have some outstanding sandwiches on offer which are not something you find a lot of in these parts.

          On the Old town square side of Prague's historic centre I can also recommend, although I can't find the name, a small Slovak restaurant on Týnská, you can find this street on Google Maps. They have excellent Hlusky (kind of like gnocci with sheep's milk cheese) and a Slovak type of pyrogi, both of which are excellent.. wine was decent as well.

          If you are in the Josefov area I recommended Katr above but can also highly recommed Bakeshop Praha, Kozí 918/1 for outstanding baked goods, quiches and other hot lunch items.

          Finally, just down the street from Bakeshop Praha is a great Pislner pub called Kolkovna, Kolkovně 8. I find the pub food to be the most consistent at this particular chain of pubs throughout the Czech Republic, and you can get a decent glass of wine.

          BUT, please do go to either Lokal branch (one in Josefov and another on the Mala Strana side of the Charles bridge)... their straight forward, classic Czech cuisine should not be missed.

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            keithangus Oct 29, 2012 03:45 AM

            Thanks so ny much- exactly what i needed! By the way any su8ggestionsw for a really good Czech/ moravian red wine? Don't mind the price within reason as would like to experience/ try some good czech/moravian wine. We prefer fuller reds.

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              vanderb Oct 29, 2012 05:04 AM

              I live in South Moravia and to be honest I have not found a great red yet, tons of outstanding whites some good rose but not a great red. Frankovka is the varietal that is most distinct in the region, I recommend trying a few to see what you like. If you get a wine list or server with enough info try and get a Frankovka from either the Mikulov or Znojmo regions, I find them to be the most consistent.

              There are some who find the Stapleton-Springer (Mikulov area) reds to be very good, but I personally haven't tasted one I truly enjoyed. Hopefully another person will see this thread and have a bit more to offer on red wine for you.

              I'm pretty sure you'll have a good time doing your research, enjoy!

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                keithangus Oct 29, 2012 05:26 AM

                thanks! Looking forward to researching!! - any tips on a good white? Our preference Sauvignon but don't know much about Moravian wine- generally like dry fruity types.

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                  vanderb Oct 29, 2012 11:10 AM

                  Keep your eye open for any of the whites from Mikrosvin (www.mikrosvin.cz), I have yet to have anything from this producer that was not outstanding. You'll be able to get an idea of their varietals from the website, but if you run into any of their Welshreisling you need to try it... Darnn near as good as the Austrian (Styrian) versions.

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                    kukubura Oct 29, 2012 05:13 PM

                    The Wenceslas winery offers carafes of Moravian wine with amazing views at the outdoor seating area. Also if you're craving Italian we enjoyed Una Bella Canzone in a residential area. Check tastytrix.com for more info.

                    Lokal, U Zlateho Tygra and Klasterni Pivovar were faves, as was Sapa for Vietnamese food.

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        keithangus Dec 7, 2012 11:26 AM

        Thanks Vanderb- we went for a very casual and inexpensive lunch at U Zavesenyho- a real genuine local pub, great atmosphere and just what we wanted! Can also recommend the Louvre Cafe for another casual lunch but for a romantic special occasion the 7 course degustation menu a the restaurant at the U Zlate Studne hotel where we stayed ( and was just the perfect hotel in every way ) was very special- great food, great service and a fabulous view over Prague. Not cheap but worth it for the atmosphere?

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          vanderb Dec 11, 2012 02:11 AM

          Glad to hear the trip (and eating) were successful. I'll keep U Zlate in mind for a trip I have to make to Prague in January.

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