Why Mlýnec Restaurant Is Our Favorite Fine Dining In Prague

A delicious crash course in modern Czech gastronomy.

For anyone who loves the rich, hearty goodness of Czech food, Mlýnec Restaurant in Prague elevates the national cuisine to a whole new level. With views of the iconic Charles Bridge and a gorgeous contemporary interior, Mlýnec is the top dining destination for a delicious crash course in modern Czech gastronomy.

Most savvy travelers and foodies would steer clear of the restaurants around the touristy spots in any city. Which is why Mlýnec’s location right below the Charles Bridge is surprising. But as soon as you enter through the narrow entrance, a glossy dining room transports you far away from the nightmarish crowds of tourists outside.

The dark, moody interior is a little bit mysterious, a little bit artsy, and a whole lot of gorgeous. The unique dining room is styled like an artistic contemporary forest. A verdant wall of lush foliage covers the side while curved golden branches make the pillars look like willow trees. The open kitchen framed by black slate offers a full view of the culinary team and their constant movements. The further in you go, the more you lose yourself in the fantasy of the chic creative space. Only the unobstructed view of the Charles Bridge from the level of the Vltava River is a reminder that you’re in the busy city center of Prague.

Traditional Czech dishes revived with contemporary cooking methods is the name of the game at Mlýnec. If you’re an international visitor, you’d be remiss not to go for the Czech tasting menu. The Czech Degustation Menu takes you through all the must-have classics of the Czech Republic’s saucy, flavorful and hearty cuisine. We’re talking goat cheese gervais, Prague ham and of course, duck leg confit. Outside of the tasting menu, there are plenty of Czech dishes that can be ordered a la carte like goose foie gras, seared scallops and goose confit and breast.

Every item is delicately constructed and beautifully presented at Mlýnec. The freshly smoked veal tartar dotted with yuzu and mustard seed melts in your mouth with pops from the black garlic and crispy rice. The Veal Fillet Mignon Á La Schnitzel is mouthwateringly juicy and tender on the inside while the panko allows the crunchy outer texture to hold. And of course, the duck leg confit is the real MVP. The duck is prepped for 7 hours then fried, giving the skin that perfect flaky crisp. The buttery meat falls off the bone and every bite accompanied by red cabbage foam and butter-seared mashed potatoes is a sensuous affair.

Executive Chef, Vladimír Vanícek, is the creative spirit behind innovating the dishes of his homeland. Ever since he was young, “he was afraid that no one would cook properly for him, so he took matters into his own hands.” He enjoys experimenting with different techniques and flavor combinations, which makes him the perfect person to elevate a deeply traditional food culture such as Czech cuisine.  The team at Mlýnec is young and dynamic, creating a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere. The Deputy Manager and sommelier, Filip, will welcome you with the most excellent glass of cava and go on to recommend the best Czech wines with local denominations to go with your dishes.

Mlýnec is a must for anyone looking to experience modern Czech cuisine of the highest quality. Here, local products and wines are beautifully presented while experimenting with various gastronomic techniques. With uber-chic interior design and iconic views, Mlýnec promises high-end dining that’s new and exciting in the heart of Prague.

Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

As the empowered female behind the blog: International Women of Mystery, Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features on hidden gems and cool hotspots. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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