We decided to stay near the Jewish Quarter area of Prague when visiting this popular European city earlier this year (autumn 2018). It is situated at the edge of the Old Town (Staré Město) and is a short walk from most of the attractions. It is not as convenient as being in the town centre but is less crowded than being in the centre of the old town. Consequently, there are less restaurants in the area, but there are sufficient nice and quiet restaurants near Jewish Quarter, Prague to keep us happy. Here are four of the most memorable ones.
There are many Italian restaurants in Prague. We picked Divinis because of its location near the Jewish Quarter and the nice photos of the restaurant on its website. It looked like a quiet homely restaurant. It is listed as a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant. According to Michelin, “‘Bibs’ are awarded for simple yet skilful cooking for under £28 or €40″. In other words, a good and affordable restaurant in Prague.
The tables at Divinis Restaurant were not lined up in straight rows like a typical restaurant, but were spread out across the place. The best tables are near the windows at the front. Less desirable (in our opinion) are those in the dark area leading to the washrooms. It may be a good idea to specify your seating preferences at the time of reservation.
Divinis Menu and Wine List
Here are pictures of some pages from the Divinis food menu and a page from the wine list.
Here are pictures of the dishes that we tried. The quality of the dishes was better than the typical Italian restaurant. We think that it is a good choice as a quiet Italian restaurant near the Jewish Quarter, Prague.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Týnská 21, Praha 1
Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 24:00
Saturday: 18:00 – 24:00
There are no three or two star restaurants in Prague. There are two one-star Michelin restaurants in the Prague Michelin Guide 2018 – the La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise and The Field. Coincidentally, both of them are situated near the Jewish Quarter. We had dinner at the Field Restaurant.
The Field restaurant is located in a corner space at the end of a quiet lane. It is a simple restaurant with hardly any decorative elements other than the images projected onto the ceiling. We were warmly greeted and service was top-notch throughout the meal.
The Field serves modern cuisine. Their menu is a simple one-page list. We like their wine by the glass selection which was as long as the food menu.
We often form impressions about the restaurant from the way the bread is served. If this first item of food (usually complimentary) is well made, the rest of the meal tends to follow accordingly. This was indeed the case at The Field. The warm bread was kept warm and served in a draw-string pouch. A selection of flavoured butters was available. It was a good start to the meal.
We had fun with the wines by the glass selection and tried a few types of white with the amuse bouche which were delightful.
We shifted gears and tried some red wine when the real food started being served.
The Goose liver, wine spirit, cherry, pistachio (490 CZK) was the plainest dish but was the most memorable dish of the day. This piece of toast with liver had wonderful flavours.
The high standard of food continued with rest of the meal. Coupled with the friendly service, Field is certainly a restaurant we want to return to.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
U Milosrdných 12
110 00 Praha 1
Lokál Dlouhááá is a Czech pub that serves freshly brewed beer with homemade classic Czech dishes. The beer tank takes centre stage at Lokal and was the first thing we saw as we entered.
Lokál Dlouhááá is a basic restaurant but very tidy and clean. It was bustling with activity. Informality is the key. We found our own table and soon the servers found us and took our orders.
Here is a picture of the Lokál Dlouhááá menu. Our simple lunch of pork schnitzel, “Talián” sausage, with grated horseradish and mustard and drinks cost a total of 365 CZK (about S$22).
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
110 00 Prague 1
Mon – Sat : 11:00 to 01:00
Sun: 11:00 to 24:00
Our final restaurant in the list of nice restaurants near Jewish Quarter Prague is the breakfast restaurant at the Josef Hotel. It is a bright modern restaurant looking out into the garden. It has the usual breakfast buffet that is offered at hotels. What made this stand out were two stations – the healthy corner and the hot breakfast menu.
Hotel Josef Breakfast Menu
Here is a picture of the Hotel Josef breakfast menu as well as some of the hot dishes that we tried. While it is common for restaurants to offer cooked eggs and freshly made pancakes, the hotel restaurants prepares these dishes at a level usually seen at upmarket cafes.
Pancakes and fresh fruit
Here are pictures of the healthy corner and some of our creations. Fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and other healthy food were made available at the corner. We could specify the vegetables and fruits to be combined to make the healthy juice of choice.
The cheese section with a big variety of cheeses was also an interesting station. Fresh honey from a honeycomb and fresh shoots to combine with cheese made it even better.
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