December saw the official reopening of the former cloister wine bar, an event participated in by Cardinal Vlk amongst others. The establishment is now run by Coloseum Restaurants. Regulars of the original wine bar may be in for a surprise. Only the name – Il Convento, or cloister – is reminiscent of their original hangout, and even then you’d need a knowledge of Romance languages to realize it.
In Prague’s Náměstí Míru, one finds a café that’s been around for about a year and a half, and perfectly suited for when there’s only time for a small, quick snack. That café is called Deserterie, and serves not only desserts, but also soups and a variety of savory bites.
The Anglo-Asian restaurant Sansho has already had a monument to its fame raised in the media, and for good reason. We visited it with one thing in mind: either to 1) festoon the monument with yet more flowers, or 2) furnish it with a more accurate inscription.
“What a pity that it wasn’t around sooner!” we said to ourselves with a little sigh the other day at Polévkárna, a new restaurant in Karlín (Prague 8) that has rocked our world with its selection of colorful soups. Adding to the experience is the charm of the improvised garden terrace on the sidewalk, and the talented women in the kitchen also know something about sandwiches — Georgian treats.
Those who know Prague’s Vršovice neighborhood certainly knew the Včelín restaurant. In its place, there’s a new establishment with the lovely odd name of La Jídelna (which translates as “The Eatery,” thanks to an article borrowed from a romance language), which as it happens was opened by the co-owners of our favorite sweetshop, Erhartovy.
The menu at Florentýna Bistro was quite appealing, but the eatery itself had a few misses. The décor is little changed from when the same space was Kuře v hodinkách music bar. Worse, though, the duck was impossible to eat and still had traces of feathers. This is all the more disappointing since the Florentýna of the title is cookbook author and blogger Jana Florentýna Zatloukalová.
Vegetarians often still find themselves having to make do with fried cheese or a bland salad when they go out. Options improve greatly with Mlsná kavka, a nonsmoking vegetarian restaurant that served Fair Trade coffee and hires the disadvantaged. The menu offers a refreshing blend of unusual ingredients at reasonable prices and the setting is quite relaxed.
The space that used to house Bořek Šípek’s Arzenal has a new breeze blowing through it. Mistral Café has a light and uncluttered atmosphere matched with a sensibly priced menu that has more hits than misses. Some of the soups could serve as a full meal, but the Czech classic svíčková na smetaně was a bit disappointing.