‘Friendly and informal’ best describes the atmosphere at this groundbreaking restaurant where British chef Paul Day champions Czech farmers by sourcing all his meat and vegetables locally. There’s no menu as such – the waiter will explain what dishes are available, depending on market produce. Typical dishes include curried rabbit, pork belly with watermelon and hoisin, and 12-hour beef rendang. Reservations recommended.
The Savoy is a beautifully restored belle-époque cafe, with smart, suited waiting staff and a Viennese-style menu of hearty soups, salads, roast meats and schnitzels. There’s also a ‘gourmet menu’ (mains 400Kč to 700Kč) where the star of the show is Parisian steak tartare mixed at your table, and a superb wine list (ask the staff for recommendations). The Savoy is also a good bet for breakfast, with plenty of healthy choices including a ‘Full English’, an American breakfast, and eggs cooked half-a-dozen ways.
Nejen (Not Only) is emblematic of the new breed of restaurant that is transforming Karlín into one of Prague’s hottest neighbourhoods, its quirky interior nominated for a slew of design awards. But just as much attention is lavished on the food, which makes the most of the kitchen’s fancy Josper grill, turning out superb steaks, beef ribs and Nejen’s signature Black Angus burger.