Rain and gloomy autumn weather, another coronavirus wave in sight. Craving for something good, “before they close it again”. The choice fell on the restaurant Na Kopci and its tasting menu. Restaurant focuses on specialities of French and Czech cuisine.
The Na Kopci restaurant is located in a quiet part of Prague’s Smíchov district. I remember visiting it for the first time maybe ten years ago. In addition to the great food, I remember its interior, the walls were decorated with wallpapers featuring photographs of the owner and head chef – from childhood to adulthood – and often these are very interesting photos. This decoration has been preserved even now. The restaurant feels pleasantly family-like and cozy thanks to this.
Practically immediately after being seated and ordering a four-course tasting menu with wine pairing, an amouse bouche – turkey with red pepper sauce – landed on our table.
Game pâté with vegetables pickled in sherry vinegar and cranberry glaze.
Mushroom cream with ravioli filled with pork cheeks and spinach. Incredibly light and fluffy soup, strong mushroom flavor. Excitement.
The beef tartare with fries is incredibly popular in the restaurant. During a conversation with the staff, I mentioned my past visits and how much we enjoyed the food (including the tartare) back then. The attention of the establishment, when a tasting portion of tartare landed on our table as an intermediate course, was very nice. And yes, the tartare is still really great.
Piglet belly with Viennese onion, black beer sauce, mashed potatoes with foie gras, and Brussels sprouts as the main course. Absolutely perfect execution, a delicacy. As part of the tasting menu, the portion could be even smaller; we couldn’t eat it all at once, and during the meal, we already needed a short break.
Curd dumplings with nougat, hot blueberries, and cinnamon mascarpone were the reason we chose this particular restaurant. And rightfully so. All the components of the dessert complemented each other beautifully. An excellent dessert that we would like to visit again.
The four-course tasting menu is sold for 825 CZK (about 33 EUR), and the wine pairing with four glasses of Moravian wine can be purchased for an additional 600 CZK (about 24 EUR). Na Kopci Restaurant has been a long-time holder of the Michelin Bib award – an extraordinary price/performance ratio and belongs to the Czech Michelin Restaurant Guide. Rightfully so, in my opinion. We left the restaurant overfed but satisfied.
Winter could begin.
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