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Prague’s Raw Food Scene

Published on October 09th, 2014 in Dining & Drinking

  • Sweet Secret of Raw (photo courtesy of Secret of Raw facebook page)

  • Raw cheese with olives and chutney - Sweet Secret of Raw (photo courtesy of Secret of Raw facebook page)

  • Sweet Secret of Raw interior (photo courtesy of Secret of Raw facebook page)

  • Rawcha interior (photo courtesy of Rawcha facebook page)

  • Italian raw pizza - Rawcha (photo courtesy of Rawcha facebook page)

  • Secret of Raw (photo courtesy of Secret of Raw facebook page)

  • Lasagna - Secret of Raw (photo courtesy of Secret of Raw facebook page)

  • Secret of Raw interior (photo courtesy of Secret of Raw facebook page)

There seems to be a bit of a raw food revolution in Prague this past year, with a number of restaurants opening and even a raw food festival held last spring. Always up for an interesting meal I decided to check out a few of them. If you are so inspired, you could have a completely raw food day in Prague.
 

 

Breakfast
 

Breakfast at the Sweet Secret of Raw (photo courtesy of www.sweetsecretofraw.cz)

 

The Sweet Secret of Raw is a wonderfully fresh space. Bleached wood tables with glass accents are paired with distressed white wooden chairs that are fitting for a natural food space. The cake display looked surprisingly normal and I asked for a recommendation between a slice of raspberry cake and a coconut one with what appeared to be a chocolate crust. The raspberry came the instant response so that along with a cappuccino was my order. The cake itself was not sweet, the texture like a dense cheesecake. The crust was especially nutty and the tart raspberries were obviously fresh. The cappuccino however wasn’t so great; it really lacked coffee flavor. Halfway through the cake, I began to get full, truly having to force the last bites in. Upon finishing it, I felt that post –Thanksgiving dinner explosion feeling. I was so full I forgot to buy some of the ‘Oreo’ cookies they also had at the counter.
 

Sweet Secret of Raw

Rumunská 25, Prague 2, Vinohrady
www.sweetsecretofraw.cz
tel + 420 799 501 255
hours Mon-Fri 8:00-21:00; Sat-Sun 10:00-21:00
metro Náměstí Míru
tram 10, 16, 22 to Náměstí Míru
 

Prices for a slice of cake range from 95 CZK-150 CZK; coffee 45 CZK-70 CZK
 

 

Lunch 
 

 

Lunch at Rawcha (photo courtesy of Rawcha facebook page

 

The lunch menu on the day of my visit offered cream of cucumber soup, salad with beets and cherries and a wild rice Mexican risotto. Choosing the risotto, it was more of what I would consider a wild rice pilaf, but nice fresh flavors, especially from the bits of cilantro and pine nuts. You can get a soup and salad combo or a main meal and soup combo. Rawcha has a tiny dining room with a couch, two small tables and a larger table in the back plus a handful of seats in the interior courtyard. It has a natural feel with lots of rough wood and Asian touches. The small dining space though discourages an evening visit.
 

Rawcha

Na Poříčí 8, Prague 1, Nové Město
www.rawcha.cz
tel +420 721 837 553
hours Mon-Sat 11:00-22:00; Sun 16:00-22:00
metro Náměstí Republiky
tram 8, 24, 26 to Náměstí Republiky
 

Prices on the lunch menu range from 55 CZK-125 CZK, or a combo meal for either 130 CZK or 160 CZK
 

 

Dinner
 

Dinner at the Secret of Raw (photo courtesy of Secret of Raw facebook page 

 

Run by the same people as our breakfast joint, the Secret of Raw doesn’t have the interior pizazz of its sweet sibling. Dark wicker furnishings are scattered through a long narrow space. This was going to be the eating adventure I’d been waiting for with pizza, spaghetti and burgers on offer. The soup of the day was pumpkin, which was wonderfully creamy and garlicky. I decided on the spring burger which came with a side of ‘fries’. The plate did indeed contain a large helping of what looked like French fries, albeit slightly greasy, undercooked ones. There were actually made from white radish, and were perfectly acceptable, especially when dipped in the fabulous cashew sauce which should be bottled and sold. The spring burger had a beet pesto spread on two pieces of barley ‘cake’ with an interior of tomatoes, cucumbers and sprouts. Nothing looked like what it tasted, but all was flavorful. If you are in the mood for an experimental dining experience, Secret of Raw is definitely worth it.
 

Secret of Raw

Seifertova 13, Prague 3
www.secretofraw.cz
tel +420 222 513 258
hours Mon-Sun 11:00-22:00
tram 9, 26 to Husinecká
 

Prices range from 165 CZK-240 CZK for a main

 

 

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