Last night we experienced the best tour thus far in Prague. It’s called Taste of Prague. The company is a husband and wife team, Jan and Zuzi. When we booked the the tour we were told it was a pub crawl because we would experience local wines and beer. We did that too but it was much more than that.
We began the tour by meeting Jan at a church near our hotel. We were wondering why we needed to pray first……. Anyway, he gave us a taste of a traditional Czech “beverage”…… 150 proof! Now we understood the church. Just kidding.
Jan began by explaining the reason he and his wife created this tour. They wanted to create a tour that they would like to go on if they were visiting Prague. Combined with the fact that there’s a movement growing in Prague to renew traditional Czech cooking.
During the Soviet occupation traditional Czech cooking was thrown aside in favor of “standardized” inexpensive cooking. The state produced a cook book that was mandated to be used for all cooking, everywhere. So where ever you went to eat you got exactly the same thing, prepared exactly the same way. Period.
We went to five establishments to experience traditional Czech food, beer, and wine. Because the night was so amazing and I can’t remember all the details, I’m going to shamelessly copy and paste portions of Jan’s email to us recapping our evening.
At our first stop, we had beet root puree with goat cheese and Prague ham with potato salad “chlebicek”, open-faced sandwiches, at Sisters bistro.
At our second stop we had meatloaf, sausage with mustard, and Gothaj salami with butter on bread at the Nase maso Butcher Shop.
Both the bistro and the butcher shop are at Dlouha 39 street.
Stop number three we had wines at Vinograf at Senovazne namesti square.
Stop number four was the most amazing stop of them all. We went to the Cestr steak house in the old Communist Federal Parliament building. We had Pilsner Urquell tank beer, sourdough bread with cream cheese, herbs and chives, beef neck slowly stewed in paprika sauce with sour cream, beef brisket slowly roasted with marjoram and served with onion-based sauce, Czech escargot boiled in root vegetables, baked in mushroom and served with Sabayonne mousse, slow-grilled chicken with truffle stuffing and juice from the grill with black truffles, “Olomoucke tvaruzky”: aged cheese deep fried in bacon and breadcrumbs and served with home-made mayonnaise, trout roasted on butter and served with beluga lentils and red beet juice, sautéed spinach and carrots, potato milk mash, and beer ice-cream . All I can say is WOW!
Finally, we finished the tour with Becherovka shots and four Czech sweets: “vetrnik” (round windmill chaux pastry with caramel and cream filling and caramel glaze), “venecek” (chaux pastry with vanilla cream and a sugar glaze), apple strudel and “laskonka” (coconut merengue and chocolate cream) at the Savoy Café .
This was truly a once in a lifetime experience, that I would recommend without hesitation. If you want to contact Jan and Zuzi, here’s their contact information.