Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Food news: Bohemian Carnevale, restaurant renovations, and more

Those of you in the mood to dress up in masks, dance around the streets of Prague, and gorge on food and drink will be happy to know that the Bohemian Carnevale starts on Thursday and runs until next Tuesday. The activities list is extensive, and includes special menus at 30 different Prague restaurants, bars, and cafés as part of the Cuisine d'Alchimiste feast. To participate, you must purchase a Carnevale Pass, which is good for the duration of the festival and comes with restaurant vouchers, a carnival mask, and free access to the Carnevale Salon on Husova street.

Prague tends to experience a relative lull in tourist traffic during the months of January and February, so now is the most common time for restaurants to renovate. Among those temporarily shuttered are the original Kolkovna restaurant (for at least another month, see renovation pictures here), Terasa U Zlaté Studně (until Feb. 10th), Bellevue (until Feb. 4th), and Alchymist (until whenever they're done, apparently).

Last week brought the news that Vinohrady restaurant Tiger Tiger has been shut permanently. It was a friendly neighborhood place with decent Thai food, and it will be missed.

Finally, a shout-out to Dave Faries at The Prague Post, who featured the Spoon in this week's issue. Thanks for the support, Dave.

images: destination360.com, pragueholiday.cz, prague-navigator.com

1 comment:

Claire said...

I must say I've enjoyed the Bohemian Carnevale ceremony. It was my first time and it was a strange feeling. Such a festival belongs here. Every large city should have its own carnival and so should the Czech capital Prague. To celebrate Bohemian Carnevale as a festival of eating or even gluttony, a number of Prague restaurants are offering a special carnival menu, be it international or Czech cuisine - you can tell the restaurants by a carnival flag outside. An exhibition of masks and costumes is open at the Clam-Gallas Palace in the Old Town and throughout the six days you can run into various processions in the city, including one made up of children and baby carriages.