Taste of Prague | A Food Tour

Just a little heads up before reading......do not read while hungry. You will immediately want to hop the next flight to Prague and eat to your heart's, or belly's, delight! Foodie photo overload in 3..2..1...

After waking up at 3am for our 6:45 flight to Prague, we were feeling a little yucky upon arriving. I hadn't slept well the night before and definitely didn't sleep well on the short plane ride over. But our moods were highly lifted when our super fab hotel, K+K Central Prague allowed us to check-in at 10:00am....fab right (I'll be gushing about this place later)? We found our room and laid down for a short bit before our food tour was scheduled to begin at noon.

I love to cook and I love to eat.....I even considered culinary school at one point and time. And I have been dreaming about this food tour ever since I read about it on one of my fave blogs so needless to say, I was excited. And starving. I hadn't eaten breakfast as I was trying to keep myself ravenous for this tour knowing that we would receive a ton of food. Well, I don't think it would have mattered how many days I could have starved myself for the amount of food was immense. But that comes later.

We met our tour guide Jan (pronounced Yan) a few minutes after noon as we were running a bit behind and he was more than welcoming. The Taste of Prague tour only allows 4 people per tour (unless you arrange something else with Jan) and we met our fellow tourists, who hailed from Lyon, France. Jan had us all tell a bit about ourselves as this tour was to be as if we were friends....not tourists. After our introductions, we all had a plum brandy shot, which was basically the equivalent of Czech moonshine, and headed to our first stop of the day, Sisters. Talk about a wake up to get our day started!

photo from Jan
Sisters is a modern deli with a gorgeous case full of open faced sandwiches, or chlebiceks. The sandwiches were insanely delicious and an incredible value, at about $1.75 per full slice. We learned that these little sandwiches are quite common in the Czech Republic and rightly so. We tasted the red beet puree with goat cheese and the smoked salmon with radish and apple/mustard puree. I am not a beet lover but this little morsel of a sandwich was divine. I was so happy to visit this little bistro....the food was delicious and the prices, unbelievable!!


Our next stop was just across the walkway. Nase Maso is a butcher shop serving up the freshest organic meats....


I was a little concerned about all of the meat dishes on the tour because I am not a big red meat eater. Smoked meats really cause me to be puffy and just leave me feeling unhealthy. But after I tasted this array of meats, I knew I was eating something so fresh and simple. The meatloaf was the most amazing meatloaf I have ever tasted. So moist and just perfectly seasoned. The sausage was delicious as well and I was so surprised at how much I liked the pastrami....again, not very salty and just so fresh tasting. So unlike the over salted meats that we are used to in the States. Jan advised us not to eat all of the bread with the meats to save room....I'm glad I listened!



Our next stop: Lokal. A local pub serving up traditional Czech dishes. We had the pork schnitzel with potato salad, Prague ham with horseradish cream and beef tongue with mustard and horseradish. Yes, I said beef tongue. The pork schnitzel was perfect and the potato salad reminded me of home. I commented that all the food so far reminded me of the south in the US. Oh, and lets not forget our first taste of Czech beer. Kozel dark beer, fresh from a tank that had only been open for 3 days. Um, wow. My new favorite. 


Now, for the beef tongue. Not my fave. The men on the tour ate theirs up fairly quickly, but us ladies kind of took a bite and then kindly refused the rest. I tried to force my mind to not think about what I was eating but it really was not very appetizing to me! However, Van was impressed that I tried it!


While finishing our beers, Jan informed us that he had a little surprise for us. La Degustation. As an avid No Reservations watcher for years, I knew exactly what he was talking about. La Degustation was a restaurant that Anthony Bourdain visited on his trip to Prague. The restaurant is Michelin starred and casually fabulous. The staff that runs the restaurant is nothing short of a small army. The kitchen crew consists of 2 shifts of 7 crew each day. They were already there at 1pm working away for the dinner opening at 6pm. And get this, the restaurant only serves two dinner settings a night for 40 diners on each setting. 

We were given a tour of the two kitchen areas and the wine cellar. We were also shown the kitchen 'bible'....a cookbook that was basically falling apart that was at least 100 years old. I loved the open kitchen that fed into the dining area. Any restaurant that has an open kitchen is awesome in my book!


We had the amuse bouches, the small plates. These included rabbit ear with rabbit pate and pickled mushroom (my favorite), fermented potato pancake with horseradish cream and flowers, fried trout skin with dill mayonnaise, hay-burnt potato with curd cheese and pork cracklings, and an assortment of biscotti. Fancy and artistic right? You could tell that these dishes were created with love and passion. An experience of a lifetime!

You would think that the tour would be amazing after these 4 places right? Oh but there is more! After the whirlwind of La Degustation, we headed over to Sansho, an Asian fusion restaurant serving Asian dishes with Czech influences. Shown below was arguably the best dish of the day. And surprisingly so because remember I said I'm not much of a meat eater? Well, I give you pork belly with pepper sauce and broccoli. I mean whoa. It was absolutely, mouthwateringly good. I was so surprised and unfortunately too full to eat as much as I wanted. I will dream of this dish for years to come!


 We also had duck and squid rolls with peanut sauce, rabbit curry, and beef randang with hot jam. Dee.Licious.


So, our last stop. Another Anthony Bourdain place. Cafe Savoy. This will always be a memorable moment for we had our first taste of Becherovka, an herbal liquor known to help settle the stomach after a large meal. Boy, was this a little life saver! Cleansed the palate and helped washed down the most amazing sweets. Which included, "vetrnik" (round windmill choux pastry with caramel and cream filling and caramel glaze), “venecek” (choux pastry with vanilla cream and a sugar glaze), apple strudel and “laskonka” (coconut meringue and chocolate cream). My favorite was a tie between the vetrnik and the laskonka!


If you are planning a trip to Prague and you love food like we do, do yourself a favor and splurge on this tour. And take the tour on your first or second day in Prague. Not only do you learn a lot about Czech culture but you get a nice sample of what food is on offer in the city. Sometimes I leave a location wanting more or feeling like I might have missed something. But with Taste of Prague, I left Prague feeling that I had a very well rounded taste of the city!

Cheers!

For more information on the tour, head on over to Taste of Prague
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34 comments

  1. awesome pictures, awesome write up, awesome tour....!!! yay!

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  2. Gah, this sounds incredible. What was your favourite thing that you ate, do you think? x

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  3. You were right... I read this while hungry and now all I want to do is fly to Prague. This looks like a really good (and thorough) food tour! Everything looks delicious.

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  4. I've wanted to travel here for such a long time! And a food tour! OMG, I seriously need to make this happen! I will absolutely be revisiting this post...and of course, I am hungry! Oh, and I love all the different styles of photography you have going on in this post!

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  5. This sounds amazing! I am doing a food tour in Amsterdam and can't wait! Your pictures definitely made me hungry!

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing on your blog!! This was a perfect way to start our trip!!

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  7. The sweets were delicious, but the pork belly from Sansho was to die for!!

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  8. The tour was amazing....I cant say enough good things about it! Jan, our guide was just fantastic and really taught us a lot about the culture....more than we would get from any guidebook or musuem!

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  9. Thanks....I loved editing these pics! You have to put this on your list for Prague....and don't make dinner plans after haha!!

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  10. Ah the food in Amsterdam is amazing....you will not regret it!

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  11. What?!?! You did not like the beef tongue, Jamie? I am glad I am hearing about this now. If you had told me back then, it would have gotten you out of the tour! ;-))
    No, really, Zuzi and I are happy you and Van liked the tour. Thank you so much for joining us! Come again soon, ok? (And that applies to you, Margo, too, in case you are reading this!)
    All the best,
    Jan and Zuzi of Taste of Prague

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  12. I follow them on Twitter and I'm always drooling over everything they offer. Looks amazing!

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  13. Haha Jan!! I tried it so that counts for something right?! We had such a great time and are looking forward to a trip back to Prague :)

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  14. They are amazing!! Seriously, I will be dreaming about for months to come (hoping we get to go back and visit)

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  15. oh man! soo good. so good! and now i'm off to feel this void in my stomach ;)

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  16. Wow that looks very delicious - beautiful photography by the way! It looks all a bit too much meat heavy for me, but those pastries at the end, wow looks as appetising as ever!

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  17. YUM! I agree with Camilla, the photography really takes you there. Prague is home to the BEST schnitzel I've ever laid fork on.

    V
    Life+1

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  18. This looks amazing!! I am doing a food tour in Amsterdam (my very first one!) and I can't wait :)

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  19. I bet you were stuffed after all that food!!

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  20. I can't even look at the photos anymore haha....makes me tooooo hungry!!

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  21. I thought it would be too salty for me but the meat (minus the beef tongue) was really enjoyable! But man, the desserts were incredible. I think I may have to put my skills to worl to try and recreate them!

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  22. It was truly delicious! I was surprised at how much I loved the schnitzel...it was so light!

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  23. Oh man, I love the food in Amsterdam.....you will be in food heaven! I kind of am obsessed with food tours now!

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  24. Um yes!! Didn't even eat dinner haha!! And woke up with not a twinge of hunger. But luckliy we walked it all off :)

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  25. I didn't listen, I read this while being hungry haha. I would love to do a food tour at some point! I didn't even know you could do so. I really liked reading about all the food you got to try! The photos are great too! The college student budget makes it difficult but I am working toward being able to go off traveling soon!
    Ashley
    ashleygabrielle.com

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  26. Also read whilst hungry! A food tour is definitely on the cards for us on our next travels

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  27. I warned you :) Food tours are amazing but I am hesitant to book another because I don't think it could live up to the Taste of Prague!!

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  28. I'm not even hungry but this post changed that haha. It's awesome that you were able to try so much on that tour--really thorough! what a great start in Praha :)

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  29. Yeah, I'm really glad I looked at this when I wasn't hungry. It looks like you had an amazing time and this is probably the best write-up of a food tour I have ever read. Bravo! I have to ask: where you just totally stuffed after or what? I would think after that schnitzel and beer it would've been getting to that point, but maybe not?


    I've heard a ton about Sisters but they are closed on weekends so I can never get around to it. But you've given me some great restaurant recs. So cool also to hear about the Michelin starred restaurant... what an experience!

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  30. It was such an awesome start! But we didn't eveneat dinner that night we were so full!

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  31. Aww thanks!! And yes, we were absolutely stuffed. After the schnitzel place we took the tour of La Degustation which gave us some breathing room and they had timy little foods to try. But once we reached the next place I was sooooo full. Of course I found room for dessert though haha! But yeah, we didn't eat dinner that night!


    Oh and I would be at Sisters everyday for lunch if I lived in Prague....I can't believe they aren't open on the weekend. Bummer :(

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  32. I so wish that I signed up for this tour! It was out of my price range for now, but hopefully in the future!

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  33. Yes it's definitely a little splurge but I was so happy that we did it!

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  34. Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds amazing, thank you so much for the suggestion! I am planning a trip to Prague in the fall and this just shot to the top of my must-do list!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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