While staying at the Hotel Savoy in Prague I was fortunate enough to be invited to a tasting menu at the on-site Restaurant Hradčany.
The restaurant is part of the hotel and it’s just one of the many reasons that people from all over Europe are drawn to staying at this wonderful accommodation in the historical heart of the Prague.
With such a beautiful setting it’s not surprising that the Restaurant Hradčany is becoming more popular among both locals and tourists looking to enjoy a memorable and unique dining experience.
An In-Depth Review of the Restaurant Hradčany in Prague
In this post I want to provide an in-depth review of the experience that I had at the Restaurant Hradčany.
To be upfront, I was provided with a sampling menu so I was able to get a better look at the many gastronomic options available and I’ll be basing my opinions on that.
The restaurant is located on the main floor of the Hotel Savoy, the only five star hotel in Prague.
The famous Prague Castle is a short 10-minute walk away and the popular tourist tram line, line 22, stops right out front of the hotel so it’s quite easy to access.
There is parking available on-site for a reasonable cost.
Although the restaurant isn’t exactly located directly in the city center it’s very easy to reach and the area is perfect for a romantic walk after the meal has been finished.
Atmosphere and Decor
The restaurant is accessed through the lobby of the Hotel Savoy, which on its own is quite impressive and lends to a very grandiose and classical atmosphere.
The marble floor, bright interior space, and high ceilings make it feel like you’re walking into something quite regal and royal.
As for the dining area itself, it’s very spacious and takes on more of a traditional design, which gives off an heir of classic luxury rather than pretentiousness.
There isn’t any unique view although all of the seats offer a commanding view of the surrounding dining area yet the tables are all far enough apart that any noise from the nearby guests won’t be a bother.
Light music is played from overhead speakers during the dining service and is set to the ideal volume – not too loud that it’s distracting and not too quiet that it can barely be heard.
The overhead chandeliers give off a soft, yellow light that illuminates the table perfectly and the red/green color scheme help to add a more cozy, comfortable vibe to the dining area.
I found the seating to be quite comfortable with plenty of back support, leg room under the table, and the armrests made for a much more relaxing time (especially with the service lasting nearly 3-hours).
The most interesting feature of the dining area was the glass roof, which during the warmer summer months can be retracted for a better view and to let in a nice breeze.
As I mentioned up above I was able to enjoy a selection of different menu items from a tasting menu, although there is a dedicated menu available along with a daily menu as well.
You can check out the a la carte menu here.
From the image of the tasting menu you’ll be able to see the menu items I was able to enjoy.
The different menu items included (in order of service):
- Terrine of foie gras with duck breast smoked in oak sawdust, with apple salad and marsh-mallow jelly
- Tuna tartar with capers, Dijon mayonnaise and variations of delicate lettuce salads with honey-dill dressing
- Sea bass veloute supplemented with red crayfish, poached egg and fresh dill
- Monkfish prepared with lemon pepper, served with carrot puree, flavored with ginger and herb oil
- Green apple sorbet with mint marinated in liqueur
- Lamb chops prepared with rosemary, served with grilled zucchini, potatoes with Parmesan au gratin and mint sauce
- Orange creme brulee supplemented with caramel spiral and raspberries
Each of the different menu items was delicious and there wasn’t a single thing that I didn’t enjoy the taste or flavor of.
I was quite surprised to have had such a selection of different seafood options, considering the Czech Republic isn’t well known for seafood, but everything was fresh and prepared very well.
The terrine of foie gras with duck breast had a very earthy taste but it wasn’t as gritty or overpowering like you get with some of the lesser quality foie gras.
The apples paired very well with the foie gras and the marsh-mallow jelly helped to balance out the crunch from the apples with the smooth texture of foie gras.
The tuna tartar was something I had never had before and I was surprised by how well it was prepared.
The tuna wasn’t overpowering, which reveals how fresh it was, and the capers gave the smooth texture of the tartar the crunch that it needed.
The sea bass veloute was also quite pleasant, although I think it would have done just fine on its own without the addition of the red crayfish.
However, the red crayfish really helped to enhance the overall presentation of the veloute and turned it from a regular soup into a much more presentable and memorable dish.
One of my favorite items of the night, the monkfish, was exquisitely prepared and was a lot more tender than I would have expected.
The carrot puree was simply divine and each bite offered hints of ginger across the palate.
I found the green apple sorbet to be flavorful, although it would have been better off without the mint leaf.
The green apple sorbet was the perfect palate cleanser right before being served the lamb.
The lamb chops were definitely the highlight of the night and were cooked to absolute perfection with just the right amount of charring.
I wasn’t able to taste any of the mint sauce, I’m not sure if I just didn’t notice it or if it simply wasn’t included, but the sauce that was on the plate was very well done and the potatoes with Parmesan au gratin paired perfectly with the lamb and zucchini.
The final plate, a dessert of orange creme brulee, was incredible and its soft texture along with the perfectly prepared brulee really helped to perfect the total dining experience.
I’m not a professional by any means but all of the ingredients appeared to be fresh and chosen for their redeeming appearance qualities.
None of the seafood was overpowering and the lamb had quite a subdued taste, unlike some of the poorer quality lamb that seems too strong and gamey.
The fruits and vegetables were all crunchy, juicy, and seemed to be very fresh as well.
A glass of wine was offered with each menu item and by the end of the night I was feeling slightly drunk after sampling 6 different glasses.
I don’t know too much about wine and definitely not enough to go into detail about each one so feel free to reference the tasting menu above to see what sort of wine options are available at the restaurant.
However, one thing I did notice was that the best tasting and highest quality wines that I enjoyed the most seemed to be the ones from the Czech Republic.
The French and Italian wines were just that – nothing more than your typical French or Italian wine – but the Czech wines were memorable and delicious, something the restaurant should be proud of and focus more on serving.
From the moment I entered the restaurant area the service was completely 5-star and I was never once left wanting for anything.
There are two waiters for each table – one that delivers and the food and one that delivers the wine.
The one pouring wine was very knowledgeable and knew all of the facts about each of the wines he was pouring including the specific region they were from, the year, and any important tastes to look out for.
Throughout the entire service both waiters were very attentive and were constantly inquiring as to whether or not anything was needed.
There is only one area that I would suggest the restaurant strive to improve.
My tasting menu, and even the regular menu, seems to place a large emphasis on seafood.
Because of this many of the menu items lacked any distinct character and this made the Restaurant Hradčany seem like any other 5-star and high-end restaurant in the city.
I think that it would be a much better idea to offer a menu that focuses more on traditional Czech cuisine, maybe even with a contemporary flare.
While it’s easy to head to any highly reviewed restaurant in Prague and order a nice steak or seafood, it’s very easy for tourists and even local Europeans to do that in their hometown.
What’s missing is a quality restaurant offering locally-sourced, Czech-inspired dishes.
I came to this realization after determining that the Czech wine was much better than the other wines offered and that I wasn’t able to really enjoy a Czech Republic or Prague vibe in the restaurant.
Of course I realize you can head into any local restaurant and get a goulash, schnitzel, or a variety of any other Czech menu items but there is a serious lack of restaurants that have taken this to a higher level and I feel this is an area that Restaurant Hradčany could definitely take advantage of.
Overall, I had a very pleasant and memorable dining experience.
All of the menu items were well prepared, delicious, and the service was world class.
There is a good selection of wine available for those interested in wine and the history of the Hotel Savoy only adds to the overall enjoyment that those dining in the Restaurant Hradčany would experience.
For these reasons I would definitely recommend visiting the Restaurant Hradčany if you’re looking for a delicious meal in Prague.