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.