From the street, the latest bistro to open in the bustling business center of Prague 5’s Smíchov district appears quite unassuming.
But Kuchařek bez domova (Cooks without Homes), which just opened on Wednesday, March 22 on Brožíkova street, is no ordinary venue.
For starters, it’s a vegan bistro that serves up Czech favorites with a veggie spin, like chlebíčky (open-faced sandwiches) with vegan faux-egg spread and Halušky (hearty gnocchi-like noodles) with cabbage and vegan bacon.
And as the name implies, the restaurant is staffed by members of Prague’s homeless community, who prepare and sell the meals.
The concept has been put together by the organization Jako doma (Like Home), who have been running food stands staffed by Prague’s homeless at locations around the city for the past few years.
Now, however, they’ve found a permanent home.
During lunch, Kuchařek bez domova offers a daily menu that consist of a soup for 30 CZK and a main dish for 75 CZK, or both together for 95 CZK.
On Facebook, the venue has received more than 20 reviews over the past 24 hours, all of which rate the venue 5-stars. Visitors have praised both the quality of the food and the prices, which are a sharp contrast to many of the higher-priced vegan establishments in the city.
To keep the costs down, the restaurant also makes use of so-called “ugly” vegetables, misshapen (but otherwise fine) produce that isn’t sold in supermarkets due to the appearance.
Photos via Facebook / Jídelna Kuchařek bez domova