Welcome to a traditional Czech restaurant located at the landmarked Bohemian
National Hall. We are committed to represent the best of what typical Czech
cuisine has to offer. A combination of high quality foods offered at sensible
prices aims to bring gastronomic knowledge of Central Europe to everyone.
The beginnings of Czech cuisine originate from the history of a landlocked nation.
Soups are an important part of the repertoire and these meat stocks form the basis
for many traditional main dishes. Meat broth soups could have noodles or various
meat or liver dumplings. Vegetable soups may have potatoes. Sour milk soup might have potatoes, cabbage or meat.
Sources of meat were mainly poultry, including chickens, hens, ducks and geese as well as domestic animals, cows, calves, pigs and only in some regions, mutton. Additional sources of animal protein could as well be venison and boar along with freshwater fish like carp, trout and perch. Seafood from salt water was never a traditional meal option as the nearest ocean is some 600 miles away.
Hearty staples of Czech food are potatoes prepared in several ways, as well as legumes and grains. An accompaniment to meats is frequently a side dish or salad of fresh local vegetables like lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and sauerkraut. Sauerkraut can be served either warm or cold as along with heavier meat dishes. Rice in recipes was added later and does not really belong in the context of traditional Czech foods.
Appetizers or lunch dishes may be based on a combination of white, or more often dark, fresh and toasted bread with a variety of pates, meats, and spreads made often with a cottage cheese base. Some of the finest natural cheeses are represented in hard, soft and spreadable styles, with some being very aromatic. The base for these cheeses is mostly cow's milk, including fresh curd cottage type.
Sweet dishes have a firm place in the Czech diet and surprisingly their position in the meal could be the main course. Especially popular are stuffed “knedliky” or dumplings made from cottage cheese curd dough which is stuffed with fresh fruit like plums, strawberries and raspberries. Off-season, marmalades and jams can be used. Also as meatless dishes, various egg omelets can be made, Czech style crepes or fresh stuffed doughnuts. These can be flavored with fresh or sour cream, chocolate, cocoa, as well as gingerbread, poppy seeds and grated hard pressed cottage cheese.
A typical dessert is a Czech style apple strudel made from a variety of dough, but puff pastry is most common. There are countless types of fresh fruit flat cakes, layer cakes, marble bundt cakes, crepes and special sheet pan buns. Virtually every village has its own type of dessert.
Soft drinks are based on fruit juices from local sources - apples, grapes, currants, strawberries and other berries. Tea and coffee are of course popular with the espresso machine made coffee, more recently dominating.
The most popular of alcoholic beverages is beer. Czechs are the true originators of the pilsner style beer and we offer the finest example in the world, Pilsner Urquell, brewed in the city of Pilsen. The Czech Republic wins first place for beer consumption per capita in the world, which confirms the dominance of Czech beer as a favorite beverage. The Czech Republic also produces high quality white wines to top quality red wines. The traditional brandies and schnapps are concentrated alcoholic beverages distilled from fermented fruit, particularly plums, pears, apples, apricots and peaches.
Our menu includes dishes from major sources, typically prepared so that we can meet the requirements of the widest range of diners. We select dishes that are truly representative of typical Czech cuisine and that food that will satisfy local diners from the area. We of course will update the menu according to our diners’ tastes and requirements. We would therefore be grateful for comments and opinions. The staff will be prepared to field all inquiries about items on the menu with a detailed description of the ingredients and preparation. Meals are prepared from raw ingredients, without the use of pre-made foods, preservatives and artificial flavorings. Our aim in the kitchen is a gentle cooking process when possible in an effort to maintain the maximum nutritional value of the food.
Our goal is your satisfaction and dining pleasure through experiencing the gastronomy of the Czech Republic.
“ Dobrou chuť ” or bon apetit in Czech!