When hearing the word “Michelin”, you might imagine the most glamorous venue with sophisticated tiny portions and waiters, who must have attended the army. Or, if you are anything like me, you may think of the Disney animated movie Ratatouille and Ego’s displeased pursed lips when he tastes the food. Whatever it might be, “Michelin” asks for a fair association with status, quality, and excellence – similarly to Oscars and Grammy. In 2020, two Czech restaurants were included in the Michelin guide of star-holders – Field for the third year and La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise for about the 10th year.
Michelin Red Guide comes out every year listing restaurants which must leave an unforgettable impression, awarding up to 3 stars in total. Both Field and La Degustation Bohême have been steadily holding their one star for years, now.
La Degustation Bohême is an elegant restaurant, which, according to its website, offers an interesting twist on the 19th-century Czech cuisine. As you might expect with the Michelin-starred restaurants, Le Degustation Bohême puts a lot of emphasis on the taste and enriching your palate – it is more an experience than a food source. Their sommeliers will help you choose a perfect drink to compliment the dish. Its name unobtrusively suggests you to order their degustation menu since, allegedly, back in 2006 when they first opened, they became the first degustation restaurant in the Czech Republic.
Cozy and stylish, Field offers a unique opportunity to transfer to Scandinavia while comfortably sitting in Prague’s Old Town. Scandinavian-style cooking, perfect choice of drinks, and relaxing atmosphere are a recipe for a magical evening. Some of Field’s specialties, according to the Michelin Red Guide, include mouth-watering goose liver, sea buckthorn, and pike perch. Even though Field is a rather new addition to Michelin’s Guide, it actively builds a strong reputation with its professional cooking, top-quality ingredients, and charming atmosphere.
Sadly enough, some Czech restaurants recently lost their Michelin status: for example, the restaurant Alcron, led by its chef Roman Paulus, was stripped of its star in 2018. The restaurant is located in the Radisson Blu Alcron Prague Hotel.
“We are still unable to say what exactly led the inspectors to this decision. This is supported by independent reviews. We do not take the feedback we receive from our guests lightly,” commented Michal Chour, the director of the hotel, as reported by Prague Guide.
Apart from the “star-rating”, Michelin also gives an award known as “Bib Gourmand”, which is supposed to honor those restaurants which menus are top-quality yet not heavily priced. This year, four Czech restaurants were included: refined Italian Divinis, peculiar Eska, extraordinary Asian Sansho, and cozy Na Kopci. Regardless of whether you are more into Czech, Italian, French or Asian cuisine – we encourage you to give some of these restaurants a try for a special occasion or an unforgettable evening.