PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Located along the so-called Royal Way near the Prague Castle, U Císařů, which literally means "The Emperors", invites you to a dining experience like no other. For one, the restaurant's interior is just absolutely stunning and evokes a feeling of a distant past. As you walk along the corridor right after the main door, every minute detail that you see along the way captures you. The dim lights help in setting the overall mood. The displays are original antiques composed of hunting weapons, pewter tableware collection and some original blacksmith 's bellows so if you happen to be a collector of any of those, it is imperative that you will stop and stare for a while.
On the other side of the corridor and just across the long cabinet will you find the doorway towards the bar. If you are already full and wanting nothing more than an alcoholic drink or two, you may just head on to this part of the restaurant and ask the bartender to concoct anything you like from the menu. If a satisfying meal is what you wanted, skip the bar and eat some of their wonderful meals instead.
At the back is where you will find the restaurant. Adorned with more antiques, you will surely find more of that ambiance you saw as when you were walking towards the dining area. The shape of the dining place is more like a tunnel which adds to the historic look of the restaurant like you are in a dungeon or an underground walkway. We got our seats with the table at the back corner of the restaurant and we were immediately given a menu by our waiter.
The menu is somewhat overwhelming especially for Czech cuisine rookies like us. Nonetheless, we got a mix of the local foods and those that are tried and tested so that we could just hop from one dish to another. We started the meal with a hefty serving of liver pate. I adore liver pate. My love for it sparked when I was in Madrid. The small can of liver pate was placed in a paper bag along with some goodies distributed by the organizers during the World Youth Day to the pilgrims. I am no fan of jams especially those that are fruity and chocolatey, so when I saw one that is neither at the bottom of the bag, I grabbed it immediately and spread it on to a portion of the bread I was holding. I would never forget that moment as I consumed my (loooong) French bread in no time. U Císařů's version is beyond my wildest expectations! It was so fresh and smooth in the tongue.
Of course the Grilled Salmon with mashed potatoes is always a hit!
Dumplings in Czechy is not the same as the dumplings in the Asian continent so do not come expecting pork and vegetables wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough when you order their dumplings. Czech dumplings are either wheat or potato based and are sometimes made from a combination of wheat flour and dices made of stale bread or rolls. It was so nice especially with a thick slab of meat! A neutralizer in an otherwise flavourful dish brought about by the meat.
And in-between bites we look around to admire the beauty of the details and the surroundings.
We topped off our meal with a lovely Warm Apple Strudel with Vanilla Cream drizzled with some raspebrry sauce and it was just the perfect meal ender! Well balanced by the yumminess of the Strudel and the sweetness of the vanilla cream, this dessert is something that you would come back for whenever you are yearning for a dessert that would not hurt your throat!
Either you eat prior your Castle tour or after it, U Císařů is just one of the perfect restaurants in Prague that will let you have a magnificent experience of the local cuisine.
- Address: Loretánská 175/5 Praha 1 - Hradčany 118 00, Czech Republic
- Phone: +420 220 518 484
- Website: http://www.ucisaru.cz/index.php/en/