Today Eater returns to Prague — the enchanting capital of the Czech Republic — to call out eight newish restaurants on the front lines of a Czech food explosion. We turned to contributing editor Kat Odell, who has roots in Praha, to share her picks for the city’s buzziest openings of the past 12 months or so.
“While 40 years of Communist rule helped preserve Prague’s ancient architecture, it all but crushed traditional Czech cuisine,” says Odell. “With little to no access to fresh ingredients, food became dependent on processed and canned products. But Tomáš Karpíšek and his restaurant group Ambiente have spent the last 20 years trying to change this — reintroducing the city to fresh ingredients, chef-driven menus, and smartly designed spaces.” And he has inspired others to follow.
For one, ramen is trending, and while the city offers a number of options, the best place to slurp a bowl is Isai Ramen Bistro. For a refined tasting menu, consider newbie Bockem, which not only offers a seven-course dinner, but a breakfast that unfolds as its own three-course adventure. Super-popular KRO Kitchen might feel fast casual, but the sliver of an eatery is helmed by a chef who spent time at Copenhagen’s Manfreds, and the relaxed restaurant even boasts a sommelier.
With that, the Eater Heatmap to Prague, a guide to what’s new and hot in the city of a hundred spires.
Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.