New Michelin guide lists 33 eateries in Prague

Prague drops to two Michelin Star restaurants

Two restaurants in Prague retained their Michelin stars, while a third dropped down in the rankings. In total, 33 restaurants had either a Michelin Star, Bib Gourmand or Plate Michelin rating. This is one fewer than in the previous list. All of the ranked restaurants for the Czech Republic are in Prague.

Field and La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise held onto the coveted stars. Alcron, which used to have a star, now is listed with a Plate Michelin, which is the broadest category and something like an honorable mention.

Michelin stars are designated in travel guides put out by French tire company Michelin. The guides first started in 1900 and were meant to provide destinations for people in their newly invented automobiles, and of course to encourage wear and tear on Michelin tires along the way.

The stars are given out by anonymous inspectors, and restaurants can earn up to three stars, although the Czech Republic only has one-star restaurants.

The most recent addition to the starred restaurant was Field, which won its star two years ago. Alcron and La Degustation Bohême Bourgeois had stars since 2012. For Alcron, the loss of the star is quite unexpected as it had been well-established. Two other eateries that had stars in the past, Allegro and Maze, are now closed.

One star means top quality ingredients are used and that dishes with distinct flavors are carefully prepared to a consistently high standard.

Field was described as warm and intimate. “An eye-catching mural is projected overhead and the well-balanced Scandinavian cooking is equally stimulating. Alongside wine pairings are non-alcoholic drink matches, such as tomato, cucumber and chilli juice,” the guide said.

La Degustation Bohême Bourgeois was praised for its stylish décor in a historical building and its wine list. “Marie B Svobodová's 19C cookery school provides the inspiration for creative modern dishes which stimulate the taste buds,” the guide said, referring to a famous Czech chef and cookbook author from the 19th century.

The category under the star is Bib Gourmand. It goes to restaurants that offer exceptional good food at moderate prices, according to local economic standards. Six restaurants qualified, one fewer than previously. Divinis, Eska, Maso A Kobliha, Na Kopci and Sansho repeated from the previous list. Bistrøt 104 is new this year.

Dropping off the list is Aureole, which is no longer in any category, and SaSaZu, which dropped to a Plate Michelin.

Bistrøt 104 was praised for its passion. “The cooking is influenced by the New Nordic kitchen; produce is well-sourced and dishes uncluttered. It offers exceptional value,” the guide said.

The Plate Michelin had 25 entries or one more than last year. Restaurants with a Michelin Plate (L' Assiette Michelin) offer a very good standard of a food and wine experience. The designation was introduced in 2016.

New to the list are Café Savoy, CottoCrudo and Lokal Inn. The latter was praised for “the simple combination of Czech beer (from big steel tanks under the bar) and hearty, traditional Czech cuisine.”

Of the restaurants in all categories, nine were over Kč 900 for a meal, and nine were under Kč 400. La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise was the priciest, while Monarch was cheapest. 

Contemporary cuisine was the most common type of food offered, followed by traditional, Italian, Asian, French and Czech (listed as “other”). Meat and grill, Mediterranean/Oriental, and seafood had one each.

The two Czech eateries listed were Eska, with a Bib Gourmand, and Monarch, with a Plate Michelin. Lokal Inn, praised for its Czech food, was listed as “traditional.” Other venues in the traditional category that also serve Czech food are Café Imperial and Na Kopci.

Places not worthy of a gourmand's attention are not listed. The guide has no negative reviews.

One star restaurants

Field
U Milosrdných 12, Prague 1
www.fieldrestaurant.cz

La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise

Haštalská 18, Prague 1
www.ladegustation.cz


Bib Gourmand

Bistrøt 104
Korunni 104, Prague 2
www.bistrot.cz

Divinis
Týnská 21, Prague 1
www.divinis.cz

Eska
Pernerova 49, Karlín, Prague 8
www.eska.ambi.cz

Maso A Kobliha
Petrská 23, Prague
www.masoakobliha.cz

Na Kopci
K Závěrce 2774/20, Prague 5
www.nakopci.com

Sansho
Petrská 25, Prague 1
www.sansho.cz


For the complete list, visit guide.michelin.com


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