At the beginning of February, I took a trip to the Czech Republic to visit some friends. I was there for about 10 days and had the most wonderful time and was even better than what I could have ever imagined.
While I was there, we saw quite a bit of theater for my short time in the country. I enjoyed (endured) a Czech opera (the opera was three hours… would I do it again? If I was with the right people :D), a play about a Czech guy that I couldn’t tell you a single thing about even though it was all in English, and Wicked, the musical, in Czech.
We also did a lot of eating and I mean A LOT of eating. We also did a fair amount of cooking at his apartment which was my favorite part. We had meat and cheese nights, pasta, and his sister made meatballs.
Although we did our fair share of eating at home, we also went out to places. I had a list of things I wanted to eat before I left like a trdelník, or as I humbly call it “a turtleneck,” which is made by dough being wrapped around a thick, wooden rod and baked. It is then sprinkled with sugar and served as-is or with something inside like Nutella or ice cream. It’s delightful.
What I wanted the MOST before I left was guláš or goulash. Czech goulash is not like your typical American goulash with an abundance of noodles, tomatoes, and meat. Czech goulash is highly simplistic but so heavenly.
Before I had to unwillingly leave these gracious people I wanted to take them out for a meal. Upon request, my friend found a restaurant for us. Cafe Louvre was that place. It was perfect. It was quite busy there due to its popularity but we still were seated rather quickly and managed to have a conversation without any inconvenience. Here’s a picture of us at the restaurant:
Now to the good stuff… the goulash… This goulash was nothing short of delicious. It was served with six Carlsbad dumplings and two small, round peppers that I, unfortunately, don’t know the name of. It’s aesthetically pleasing.
As you can see in the picture, this dish doesn’t have too much going on visually but the flavors of this dish were immaculate. The beef was tender, the dumplings were perfectly cooked and tasted even better when dipped and covered in the goulash sauce. They also had raw onions that they put on top. I was a bit wary about raw onions when I first saw it but, again, when they’re covered in the sauce, it’s a game changer.
This plate of food cost 229 kc, which equates to about $10. I think it may be debatable whether or not this is a “big plate of food” in American standards but this was most definitely filling.
In conclusion, this was a great meal, a great time, and I would do it again. Tomorrow. If you’re ever in Czechia and are looking for a meal to meet your traditional Czech cuisine requirement for your trip, Cafe Louvre has your back.
If you’ve ever visited this restaurant please let me know your experience!