Monday, January 7, 2008

The Prague Spoon

Looking for a decent place to eat your next meal? Whether you're a first-time tourist or a lifelong local, finding high-quality restaurants in Prague can be tough. Food and service standards tend to be low, and even when they aren't, restaurants here seem to open, close, or change ownership constantly.

Most guidebooks and websites can't keep up with Prague's rapidly evolving restaurant scene, and some even take advertising money and freebies from mediocre locales in exchange for positive reviews. It's time to expose the crap for what it really is, and to support those who deserve to be praised.

The Prague Spoon tells it like it is: no pretension, no timidity, no pandering to advertisers. And, above all, no secrets. If the sommelier at a certain four-star restaurant smells like he hasn't showered in a week, we'll let you know. And if we discover a tiny hole in the wall that serves the Czech Republic's best pad thai, you'll be hearing about that, too.

Thank you for reading... and welcome to the Spoon.

11 comments:

Katerina said...

Um, not much in the way of informative writing here so far. Suggestion: Wait with the self-promotional prose until you actually post more than one or two reviews.

Anonymous said...

Honesty doesn't need self-promotion Katerina.

Happy to see you back reviewing... missed you on Expats!

Katerina said...

Everyone needs self-promotion...

Florentyna said...

Wow!

Nothing beats excellent writing and excellent food (ok, maybe a perfect s*x, lol) and you seem to be heading for both of them.

I love your new blog, you can consider me a regular, addicted reader! :-)

Good luck, Laura

Anonymous said...

Any chance of an RSS feed? The blog's great, but I'm going to gorget to check in if I can't add it to my RSS reader...

Anonymous said...

Dear Laura,

you posted a review about my restaurant Casa Andina on February 18, 2008. I would not like to comment your review about our services except the very unprofessional way to put my and my business partner´s full names into your review without any approval from us. Also your way to name one of the most famous artists of latin america - Ricky Martin ( you named him a grabage ) should be probably only your personal oppinion and as a professional journalist I guess you should exclude this language of your vocabulary. Thus I would like to ask you kindly to put our names and the not really polite word ,,garbage,, of your, not really excellent article. The rest is for us really a great appeal to improove our service the way our custommers would like to see it.

Martin Stefanek
Casa Andina

Pavel said...

Am very disguted from this pages. Mrs. Baraniak maybe lives in other town, then me. Espetially her article about restaurant Flambée says clear, that she have absolutely no knowledges about food and modern gastronomy trends. OK, somebody lokkig for cheap pubs, where offers big portion of fish and chips for a low price or restaurants with system "eat as you can for one price". OK, its one possibility of gastronomy as well, same like McDonalds or KFC. But such people, which prefere this style, cant shows self like a gastronomy specialist and valuate normally or top level of gastronomy art.
Mrs. Baraniak, who paid you for the article about Flambée, because its not a profesional review. Your hate against tghis restaurant drops just from first words and so dont write a profesional journalist. Please look for other job, not journalist, because you have not enought profesionality and humility.

Milan Malý said...

I am sorry to say this Pavel, but I do happen to live in Prague, and I do happen to love good food, and honestly the food that Flambee serves could only be considered “fair” if it cost 1/3 of its present prices (and even than not always).

I do appreciate the fact that you are a fan of the place but the undeniable truth is that there is a number of places where you can get much better food for less money, and that there is no place other serving food this bad for this kind of money.

Well done Laura!!!

Chad Edward said...

Who knew Bohemians had such fire in their belly? All it took was criticizing their food. It's the enthusiasm behind this blog that will improve the dining choices in Prague.

Anonymous said...

Lauro!

Mrzí mě, že si Vaše recenze nemohu přečíst česky (s výjimkou LN)...

Daniel

Erik said...

I am so happy to finally find an up-to-date source of information on Prague dining.

The attitude of sensitive managers is unbelievable. If you want to do well, listen to your customers and critics, not berate them. They don't know how to do capitalism well. The worst thing is for them to be personally offended and lash out-but at least we know you struck a cord. I'll send this blog to my local friends.

Thanks again!