Eating in Prague: Czech Cuisine at the Subterranean Cafe Sudicka

by Ekua on May 24, 2012 in Czech Republic,eats and drinks

On a quiet street in the fancy Vinohrady neighborhood of Prague, I spotted the entrance to the restaurant and cafe, Sudicka. I walked down the steps into a cavernous, brick walled space. It was dark and medieval feeling, yet somehow very cozy. Books and antiques filled the space and dripping candles gave the room a soft glow.

Sudicka had been a recommendation of the receptionist at my hostel. She’d told me that they served good and affordable local food in an atmospheric setting. I decided to go there on my final evening in Prague to give Czech food one last try. I’ve been fortunate enough to be spoiled by some of the most creative cuisines of the world, and the more salty than flavorful food of Central to Eastern Europe hadn’t won me over. I hadn’t eaten much of it while I was in Prague, but I thought it deserved another taste before I left the city.

I asked my waiter to tell me about local dishes that the restaurant does well and he suggested roasted pork with sides of Czech-style bread dumplings and red cabbage. When my meal came out, I could tell that it was cooked with heart and tradition. The pork was tender, the dumplings were a fun fluffy consistency, and the cabbage was the right accent. It was enjoyable enough, but I still wasn’t blown away by any of the flavors.

But I guess that’s just how traditional Czech food is — simple, down homey, and good for washing down with a pint of beer. And in the charmingly rustic ambiance of Sudicka, the overall dinner experience was a wonderful ending for my last beautiful day in Prague.

Cafe Sudička
Nitranská 1355/7
Prague 3-Vinohrady
http://www.sudicka.cz/

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures May 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm

It looks so cozy — perfect place to dine.

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Wandergirl May 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

Looks like a cozy place! As someone who doesn’t eat meat I found Prague very difficult food-wise. But we went in January and I could understand the desire for homey and hearty meals!

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Ekua May 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm

@Andi and @Wandergirl – It was cozy indeed. They also have a fireplace that they use when it’s cold. I’d probably avoid going to Prague in the heart of winter, but if I did, this is where I’d want to be!

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Pat Allan June 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm

So I found this blog via Lonely Planet, and given I’m in Prague I decided to check Sudicka out. And already I want to go back again. Such a great space, tasty food and friendly staff. Thanks for writing about it :)

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Ekua June 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Awesome, glad you got to check it out and that you liked it. Hope you enjoy the rest of your travels!

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