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Lokál – traditional czech restaurant

If you want to taste typical Czech cuisine, a visit to Lokál is a must – it has everything and you can be sure that each dish on offer will be made with traditional ingredients. There are four Lokál restaurants in Prague, all offering the same menu:

  • Lokál v Dlouhé – Dlouhá 33 (near Old Town Square),
  • Lokál U Bílé kuželky – Míšeňská 12 (next to Charles Bridge),
  • Lokál Nad Stromovkou – Nad Královskou oborou 232/31 (on the edge of the park Stromovka),
  • Lokál U Zavadilů – K Verneráku 70/1 (far from the city centre).

Each of the restaurants has a retro design. The wooden walls look as if they’ve been painted with silly little drawings like pubs used to have in the 1970s. Don’t be frightened – they may look a bit ugly, but they’re not, in fact, painted but rather carved into the wood and illuminated from behind. The same retro style is found everywhere else in the restaurant, from the old-fashioned way of wrapping cutlery in a paper napkin, plastic baskets for bread and serving soup in a tin mug to the dishes and the waiters‘ uniforms. But everything is done absolutely professionally, in accordance with this very modern concept.

The beer served at Lokál is Pilsner Urquell – draught, straight from the tanks into the glass. There are three varieties:

  • Hladinka (Creme Urquell) – a classic draught Czech pilsner, with a thick creamy head and a full, balanced flavour
  • Šnyt (Slice) – with a substantial four-finger-high foam, which imparts a refined bitterness and velvety mouth-feel
  • Mlíko (Sweet) – a rich and original all-foam speciality beer designed to give a hint of satisfying sweetness.

With your beer, you can enjoy wide range of small dishes such as Prague ham with creamy whipped horseradish, a number of different homemade sausages, and head cheese. You should try Krejcars‘ sausage with homemade mustard or sausage made from ‚Přeštice‘ pork. Other starters are available from the buffet – smoked beef tongue, boiled pork knee, goulash, and tripe soup are all good, as is honest chicken broth.

The main courses change daily, depending on what the chef has been able to get from the butcher: beef goulash, pork schnitzel, duck with bread dumplings and cabbage, beef in garlic with spinach and potato dumplings, or the well-known ‚Svíčková’. You can also taste freshly mixed steak tartar with toast. But you should particularly not miss fried cheese: many Prague restaurants offer this, but at Lokál, you’ll get the absolute best.

All Lokál’s dishes are worth a try and you won’t leave hungry, but don’t skip the desserts. Lokál has the typical range of Czech desserts, such as ‚Rakvička‘ (a wafer topped with whipped cream), ‚Věneček‘ (a glazed mini-profiterole with vanilla cream) and ‚Větrník‘ (caramel-glazed profiterole with caramel and vanilla cream) – all incredibly sweet but to die for!

Our recommendation:

As I said, anything at Lokál will be great and typically Czech, but if I had to choose only one dish from each course, here’s what I’d order:

  • starter: Krejcars‘ sausage
  • main course: fried cheese with homemade tartar sauce and buttered potatoes
  • dessert: Větrník.

Lokál – along with Brasileiro, Pizza Nuova, Café Savoy and a few others – is part of the Ambiente Group. If you live in or have ever visited New York, you might know this restaurant’s ‚sister‘ – Hospoda, the Czech word for ‚pub‘ – which offers Czech food and beer and is part of the same group.

Čestr – Prague steak restaurant

Čestr is situated about 100 meters from the Statue of Saint Wenceslas on Wenceslas square. If you love meat, you have to go there. You can taste three courses menu for one (or share it if you are not so hungry). There you will find perfectly prepared steaks from many parts of the cow.

Address:
Legerova 75/57
110 00 Praha 1

Czech cuisine

You go to Prague, Czech Republic and want to taste traditional czech cuisine, but you don’t know what to taste and what to expect?

Starters

  • Prague ham usually server with horseradish
  • beef tartar with fried bread
  • pate with cranberry sauce
  • goat cheese

Soups

  • cabbage soup
  • potato soup
  • goulash soup
  • chicken or beef broth with small liver balls
  • garlic soup

With beer

  • Olomoucké syrečky – aged cheese with a strong odour
  • nakládaný hermelín – soft cheese (like camembert) marinated with peppers and onions in oil
  • bramborák fried pancake of grated potatoes

Main dishes

  • fried cheese with tartar sauce
  • marinated sirloin with bread or carlsbad dumplings
  • beef with tomato sauce or dill sauce with bread dumplings
  • schnitzel

Side dishes

Desserts

  • fruit dumplings
  • bábovka
  • buchty
  • koláč
  • pancakes with cream

Prague restaurants

In Prague there is many kinds of restaurants. You can eat anaything you want, there is a plenty of traditional czech restaurants as well as asian restaurants or places for veggies. Here are some of the favorite:

Čestr
Čestr is situated about 100 meters from the Statue of Saint Wenceslas on Wenceslas square. If you love meat, you have to go there. You can taste three courses menu for one (or share it if you are not so hungry). There you will find perfectly prepared steaks from many parts of the cow.
Lokál
Traditional czech cuisine. You can taste fried cheese, prague ham or marinated sirloin with dumplings. Definitely go there for typical czech dishes!
Pizza Nuova
If you prefere Italian cuisine, Pizza Nuova offers pasta and pizza. You can order degustation „all you can eat“ menu and taste all pizzas and pasta on the menu.
Café Imperial
Restaurant with traditional czech dishes.
Café Savoy
Go for breakfast there.
And many others restaurants in Prague
Pasta Fresca (Italian)

Czech Dumplings (knedlíky)

Typical czech side dish are dumplings. Usually we eat dumplings to meal with meat and sauce but also we have dumplings stuffed with meat, or sweet dumplings stuffed with fruit like a main dish or dessert. There are many variations of dumplings, the most often you can come across these ones:

  • potato dumplings
  • bread dumplings
  • plum dumplings
  • hairy dumplings
  • carlsbad dumplings
  • speck dumplings