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Podolka Karlín: Family-Friendly and Fashionable

Published on January 07th, 2016 in Dining & Drinking

  • Podolka Karlín (photo courtesy of Podolka Karlín facebook page)

  • Podolka Karlín exterior (photo courtesy of Podolka Karlín facebook page)

  • Tap water on the tables (photo courtesy of Podolka Karlín facebook page)

  • Gnocchi with tempehem, and tomatoes, served with baby spinach topped with roasted sunflower seeds

  • Salmon steak with mashed potatoes and celery sweet potatoe puree

  • Podolka Karlín (photo courtesy of Podolka Karlín facebook page)

 

Podolka is one of those places that Prague could use more of: a neighborhood restaurant with a casual setting, friendly waitstaff, and consistently good food. The original location, next to a private yacht club in Prague's Podolí district, is always a lovely spot for a riverside meal on a summer evenings. But, alas, it isn't summer, so the news that Podolka has opened a more conveniently located branch was more than welcome.

 

In the tradition of its older sibling, Podolka Karlín serves food with Mediterranean flair and a number of meatless and gluten-free options for the health conscious (quinoa burger anyone?). Make no mistake: this is not a vegetarian restaurant—they do a great burger! But what's even more appealing here is the decor; exposed brick interiors are accented with eye-catching murals, orange-striped light fixtures, and haphazardly stacked vintage Czech books.

 

On our recent visit the food got raves from young and old alike, though it did take some coaxing to get the young ones away from the rocking horse, tea set, and coloring books in the kid's corner to enjoy the carrot-coriander soup and spaghetti with tomato sauce.

 

Some of the more inventive veggie dishes here are an eggplant tartar, noodles made from zucchini, chickpea goulash, roasted beet steaks, and avocado crème brûlée. The daily seasonal menu—I had St. Martin's goose—typically offers Czech cuisine with a healthful twist, though carnivores can't go wrong with the selection of burgers or locally raised fish. Raw chocolate cake and a creative take on carrot cake, served in long slabs with a dollop of sour cream, made for a sweet finish.

 

 

 

 Left: Butterfish with garlic-chilli salsa with zucchini noodles  | Right: Pork Medallions with a mushroom sauce (photos courtesy of Podolka Karlín facebook page)

 

 

Podolka serves carafes of tap water free of charge—this is a big deal in Prague where complimentary tap water is not regularly provided to customers (in fact there's a movement that aims to get more restaurants to do this).

 

Note that the children's area is down a very steep staircase which will be a challenge if you have a stroller, but with the kid's corner, changing table, and patient waitstaff make this a great find for families. With its Park Slope cafe feel Podolka is also a nice option for breakfast, very much worth the easy tram ride from the center.

 

 

Carrot cream soup with fresh coriander 29 CZK
Basil and sun-dried tomato hummus 119 CZK
Classic burger with baked vegetable fries 199 CZK
Spaghetti with tomato sauce 79 CZK
St. Martins' Goose 214 CZK
Carrot cake 48 CZK
Raw chocolate cake 65 CZK
Homemade raspberry lemonade 38 CZK
Bernard 12° 40 CZK

 

 

Podolka Karlín

Šaldova 34, Prague 8
www.restauracepodolka.cz
tel +420 222 325 307
open Daily 11:30-23:00
metro B to Křižíkova
tram 3 or 8 to Urxova

 

 

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