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PRAGUE RESTAURANT: Bringing Czech Flavor To The Heart Of Tianjin


Our spot light this month falls on the Prague restaurant located at the popular Minyuan Stadium. Stepping in to the restaurant you are greeted with sounds of catchy Czech tunes, a lovely ambience and the wonderful aroma of delicious food. Its owner Mr. Steven Zhang and star chef Martin with over 20 years of culinary experience partner up to give those of us here in Tianjin a little taste of the wonderful cuisine of the Czech Republic. Hearty meals served at Prague are simple yet brimming with flavour. As Chef Martin explains about his native Czech cuisine, it’s not only about eating healthy but also more about homemade hearty meals and great beer to complement it. 

Mr. Steven was inspired to open a restaurant in his hometown of Tianjin while he was working in Prague. He fell in love with everything Prague has to offer: its beauty, incredible history, famous beer, majestic spires, graceful bridges and most importantly its amazing cuisine. He decided to follow his dreams, taking a big risk and open Restaurant.  Today Mr. Steven’s hard work together with chef Martin’s amazing culinary skills have paved the way to make Prague more than just a restaurant. It has become platform for international ties and friendship between two counties, expressed in the most delicious way possible. Mr. Steven through this amazing restaurant acts as an ambassador to the Czech Republic; creating a bridge of goodwill, a sense of camaraderie and friendship. 
Czech national cuisine is based on ingredients that can be grown domestically. Seemingly ordinary ingredients are used to create excellent and original dishes that you can truly only find in Czech cuisine. Czech food is mainly meat based, especially pork and beef accompanied with sauces and traditional Czech dumplings. Soup is an integral part in traditional Czech cuisine with over a 1000 variations. At Prague, Chef Martin serves typical varieties like potato soup with mushroom and vegetable, and of course the decadent and rich Czech traditional Goulash soup with beef in a freshly made bread bowl. The three types of bread made at Prague are freshly baked. These include the traditional cumin bread made using cumin imported from the Czech Republic, potato and of course the malt bread.
A popular Czech starter is called ‘Utopenec’, a spicy and sour sausage, made in house. This dish is usually accompanied with beer and has become a staple in the traditional Czech meal. There are many variations of the traditional Czech sausage since the main cuisine is meat based. The Tatar ariations change from region to region. Beef tatar a very popular dish at the restaurant. Carefully chosen premium beef is hand ground in order to avoid damage to the fresh meat due to changes in temperature. This simple, gastronomical delight is a definite must have.
199258821834556843_______2.jpgThey offer a range of salads too. The typical Czech salad is very much similar to a country salad. It’s a medley of vegetables, salad leaves, lovely crispy bacon, pops of croutons and of course a boiled egg. If you are a meat lover, Czech cuisine will soon be your new favourite.  Czech sausage baked with dark beer accompanied by a spicy and sour sauce is absolutely scrumptious. The Christmas dish is a delightfully juicy fried pork schnitzel served with potato salad. It’s a dish eaten heavily during Christmas. 
The Special Czech mixed roast pork ribs, an assortment of ribs made in three very different techniques incorporating different seasonings and spices is another tantalizing treat. The honey and beer ribs are BBQ ribs coated with a generous seasoning of garlic, cumin and homemade mustard. Another filling Czech staple is the pork roll filled with sour cabbage served with fluffy mashed potatoes in an intense and rich pork sauce.  
The mouth-watering pork knee is top notch. Chef Martin marinates the pork knee for around four days using his special blend of homemade mustard, cumin, garlic, horse radish and white cabbage.  Chef Martin injects the meat with the marinade to enhance the flavour of the meat. And of course one of Chef Martin’s personal favourites is the nine hours stewed lamb shoulder in red wine, thyme and rosemary with spinach and small potatoes baked in duck fat. The meat is cooked to perfection and melts in your mouth.  A top pick at Prague is the Czech special baked beef in vegetable creamy sauce with cranberry and dumplings. A recipe close to Chef Martins heart, passed on by his grandmother is an absolute must have. The dumpling is delightfully soft and the meat tender and flavourful. Each bite is a treat for your senses. Another variation of the dumpling is the delicious roasted duck with red cranberry and cabbage.
______1________2.jpgAs for the dessert you can choose from an array of mouth-watering delights. The typical Czech dessert is apple strudel with cinnamon, dry grapes and nuts served with whipped cream and caramel. Prague also serves the Czech favourite Marlenka honey cake imported from the Czech Republic. Chef Martin’s decadent and rich chocolate nougat tart is brilliant. This combination of dark chocolate paired with nutella is an absolute dream on a plate. 
Another uniquely wonderful feature that the Prague restaurant offers is their amazing home brewed beer. Their ‘Fruity Wheat’ was my personal favourite. It was clean, crisp and refreshing. There was no bitter after taste. For those who enjoy their beer a bit darker give the bohemia dark a try. It has a wonderful bitter, malty taste. They also serve a delicious Pilsner Light, Moravia light and the Silesia IPA. The brewery at Prague is situated on the ground floor and they brew their beer with premium ingredients to the recipe of a Czech brew master. Traditional Czech food is heavy and rich in meat. It will be heavy -- and what best way to help it all digest than a glass of the famous Czech Bercherovka, a traditional herb liqueur made with a secret recipe incorporating 32 herbs and spices?
Spanning across 4 floors which include a floor for the kitchen and the brewery - it is truly impressive. Do visit Prague and try out their home-brewed Czech pilsner beer. It’s definitely worth it.  
Address: No.83 ChongQing Road, Heping District, Tianjin (West of MinYuan Square)
Opening hours: 10.00am to 12 midnight.
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