Bohemia Bagel in Holešovice - Burger Fridays
A return trip to the Prague 7 diner unearths the city's best hamburger, at a price that slaughters the competition
Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.My love of hamburgers is well documented here. Judging by the popularity of such posts, I'm far from alone.
Henry David Thoreau
V had been having many meals at Bohemia Bagel in Holešovice and wanted to take me for their special Burger Friday.
Having heard good things about their hamburgers from an online friend, I was more than happy to head over there. I'd been there for breakfast and wrote a post on it back in June 2008.
We sat in the no smoking section, which is a separate room and feels a little isolated from the rest of the place.
The main section of the restaurant can be empty in the afternoon, but it was full by 8pm. I'd recommend booking ahead. It's not a huge place.
I was drinking half-liters of Gambrinus (30 CZK each).
They had Pilsner Urquell, which I like better, but sometimes I'm not up for the higher alcohol content.
V had a couple of 0.2-liter glasses of Moravian white wine (40 CZK each) and a 0.3-liter bottle of Mattoni mineral water (30 CZK).
On burger night, they double the selection of burgers on offer. There was a Greek burger, a tofu burger, a falafel burger, a fish burger, and a steak burger, to name a few.
Call me boring -- I had the standard Bohemia Hamburger with American cheese and bacon.
One of the great things about the burger was the price -- 155 CZK.
I will now officially declare that this was the best hamburger I've had in Prague. Ever. Especially since the Czech Inn stopped making theirs.
The prime reasons for a new favorite? Great ground beef, and a perfectly formed patty that was flame-grilled. For me, nothing beats the smoky flavor from real fire.
Then, there was the bacon. Lots of it. Three long, thick strips, cooked to near-but-not-total crispness and placed with almost geometric precision across the top of the cheese.
The raw red onion, lettuce, and tomato were cut to the appropriate size. However, they were placed under the patty, which was not ideal in my book. I like them better on top so the juices don't run through them.
On the side, I had the sweet potato fries, which I liked despite their limp and greasy nature. As far as I can tell, they weren't offered on the regular menu.
The bun was toasted and buttered. Pretty good, although it was slightly more dense than a classic American-style bun. The positive side to that was that it held together under duress.
Its holding strength was tested. It was seriously hard to get my big mouth around the whole thing. The burger was hard to put down in more ways than one.
When you consider the great price, it slaughters the competition.
V had the Santa Fe Burger (155 CZK). It was made with freshly ground chicken seasoned with onions, cilantro, and jalapenos.
You could really taste the cilantro, which I liked. The ground meat held together well. It was topped with a sweet tomato relish.
She took the top off and ate it with a knife and fork. There was a side salad, which had a slightly sweet dressing.
For dessert, I decided to try the warm brownie with ice cream (75 CZK).
I've had their brownie many times, and it is quite good, very fudgy. But I'd never had it warm. Definitely nice, but one end was not as well-heated as the other.
Also, they use an artificially colored vanilla ice cream that many restaurants favor, and I dislike. I'm sorry, the natural color of vanilla is not yellow. The flavor does not taste natural, either.
I should note that I heard that Brad Huff will be playing guitar at the restaurant's Wednesday chicken wing night.
At the end of our dinner, V bought some tins of Harney & Sons teas for herself and as Christmas presents.
They were not cheap -- 220 CZK each. She bought a few as Christmas presents and kept some for herself.
When we got the bill -- 555 CZK -- I saw that we received a 10 percent discount. I couldn't figure out why. So I asked the waitress.
"Your, ah, girlfriend comes here all the time. I recognize her. Sometimes, I give a discount to regular customers. Is it OK?" she asked and smiled.
"Sure, it's OK. Just curious. Thanks!" A nice touch.
We enjoyed the irony. I'm the one who writes about restaurants every week, but she's always the one who ends up getting the special treatment.
It left me with the good feeling that a love for Bohemia Bagel in Holešovice's burgers comes as much from a light tab as it does from a flame.
Bohemia Bagel in Holešovice
Dukelských Hrdinu 48/Šimáckova 21
Tel.: (+420) 220 806 451
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