Housed in the Malostranska baroque palace of the same name, the space attracts a crowd of young professionals, politicians sn... More
Johann Pálffy Palace
Housed in the Malostranska baroque palace of the same name, the space attracts a crowd of young professionals, politicians sneaking down from the castle for a bite, and trendy hipsters. The first floor offers a restaurant room, a banqueting hall and a beautiful roof terrace which overlooks the castle gardens. The French menu consists of trout, salmon, poultry, as well as steak and more exclusive seafood like oysters and swordfish, all elegantly prepared. The main restaurant room is a beautifully decorated baroque salon with fresh flowers on the tables.
Being ever the snob (chuckle) that I am - and ever desperately trying to avoid the touristy places, I was utterly delighted to chance upon this place. I remembered the name from one of the printouts I'd taken with me to Prague, and just happened to be wandering down a side street.
One of my favourite things about Prague is that it's very easy to imagine - at any point - that you are in a James Bond movie. The Palffy Palace restaurant won't let you down there. The entrance is via a very well used (but obviously quite regal in it's day) poorly lit staircase which reeks of history. Please be careful when ascending the staircase, as there is almost certainly a few ghosts there - and look out for the Bond Villains.
Anyway, up the stairs, down another corridor to a large double doors. I quite like the fact that everything in Prague seems to be behind a door. You never quite know what you're going to find.
Well in this case, you won't be disappointed. It's like walking back in time - the most exuberant and ostentatiously decorated room I think I may have ever been in. You really have to see it for yourself. Decked out in Art nouveau frills, crystal and baroque finery you'd expect to see in a period drama on BBC2. But it isn't out of place.
The staff are very friendly. I was served by a tall good looking young man, and yet my attention was taken by a considerably more lithe female waitress with spiky hair that popped in from time to time.
But I digress again.
I had artichoke soup with truffles and creme fraiche to start.
And for my main course I had roast capon with vegetables in a sauce that was divine, but that I could not quite place (piquant).
I was so impressed with the main course that I honestly don't remember if I had a pudding or not. I suspect that I did though.
Best of all I believe the meal came to about £20.
I'd go back to Prague just to go to this restaurant again.