Reaching the very top is a tall order, let alone remaining there. This applies twofold as concerns gastronomy. Customers always expect new surprises, novel flavour compositions in a constant desire to sample new recipes. Restaurant V zátiší has kept up with these gruelling demands for over twenty years.
Historic Prague has its unique charm, yet many Czechs see it as a tourist rabbit warren. So you hardly see any locals in the picturesque streets near Charles Bridge – sadly, they miss out on an orgy of culinary pleasures combining passion, desire and ecstasy. These impulses surge with the degustation menu’s first course in the V Zátiší restaurant. No need to feel ashamed of such sinful thoughts or to even confess to them, it’s all perfectly natural.
A fixed star in the Czech culinary firmament, the V Zátiší restaurant, on the corner of Betlémské náměstí and Liliová Street, survived the financial crisis and the pressure from an increasingly powerful competition, managing to preserve its place as a luxurious fine-dining restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand section for two decades. A venue where you love to forget your everyday worries whilst immersing yourself in the secrets of Czech and foreign cuisines. You can also come across a guest chef boasting one or even more Michelin stars whose culinary art brings new recipes, flavours and traditions to the Czech Republic. Moreover, the offer always comprises two five-course degustation menus and, naturally, the à la carte menu of two to four courses. The tasting menu also involves wine pairing. With over one hundred different wines, in V Zátiší you can look forward to the best vintages from legendary varieties from all corners of the globe. We sampled the Czech and the Indian menu; we must admit we couldn’t ascertain which is best.
Each indulges the taste buds in a different way. Our gourmet mission started with an exquisite, moderately spicy Indian soup while the Czech menu’s pumpkin crème soup featured a delicate nutmeg aroma. The tiger prawns were worthy competitors to the foie gras, while the filleted sea bass with marinated potatoes tandoori equalled the South Bohemian pikeperch. The Czech menu then offered a delicate sirloin of veal in a Madeira sauce that melted in the mouth. The Indian chicken tandoori with jasmine rice was enthralling. A specially shaped tandoori oven grills the meat under high temperatures on long metal bars with no additional fat, ensuring its juiciness. Every Sunday V Zátiši’s Indian chef, Mahavir Kansval, prepares a special Indian brunch for guests. Famous Indian evergreens from lamb, chicken, fish or vegetables, such as a traditional biryani rice dish with lamb and prawns in tandoori or aubergine masala.
Apart from delectable food the restaurant enchants with its singular highly relaxed atmosphere; perfect for a discrete business lunch, a romantic rendezvous for two or a family brunch. The options are boundless, simply set off for the historic centre. It is, after all, the most beautiful place for a walk – not just after a delicious meal.
V Zátiší, Betlémské nám. / Liliová 1, Prague 1, phone: 222 221 155, www.vzatisi.cz