Do you know what tapas means in Spanish? We could loosely translate it as canapés. What’s the matter, we know them well in the Czech Republic, but in Spain they have an important specificity. You don’t eat them alone, you share them.
Going beyond your comfort zone pays off when it comes to tapas. You will taste a lot of delicacies, but you will not overeat unhealthily. In addition, a joint dinner is a way to break the ice even with a demanding client or business partner.
Here are five places in Prague that will make you feel like you’re on the Iberian Peninsula.
Casa de Andalucía, Šaldova 9, Prague 8
In Karlín, there is a shop and a bistro with food directly from Andalusian farms and family farmers. It was founded by Dana and Christiana, who fell in love with the cuisine there during a trip to Andalusia.
After returning to Prague, they missed fine Iberian ham, chorizo with olives and aged sheep’s cheese or the traditional sherry drink so much that they decided to open an authentic tapas bistro.
Oliveira, Čermákova 1231, Prague 10
You can end your walk in Grébovce at the nearby bistro and shop Oliveira. There, he focuses exclusively on Portuguese cuisine, wines and ingredients. For example, order portobello with sheep’s cheese and pear in port wine or go for a tasting of Portuguese wines.
Špejle, Jindřišská 16, Prague 1
A less traditional version of tapas is offered by the Špejle bistro, where you enjoy your food basically on a stick. They don’t have a food menu, the offer is divided into three sections: cold, hot and sweet. All you have to do is choose from a bar full of tapas, fresh sandwiches (for example, pork dumpling and zelo sandwich) and canapés. You collect the skewers in a rack and one costs 33 crowns.
Gilda, náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad 11, Prague 3
It belongs to the Kogo group, but instead of Italian or Croatian cuisine, it offers truly authentic Spanish tapas. They serve the Basque specialty of pintxos. These are different combinations of canapés served on a white baguette pierced with a skewer.
According to the owners, the most popular ingredients include padrón pepper with Iberian ham Jamón ibérico. In addition to a wide selection of pintxos, tapas and Spanish wines, they are also looking forward to southern music every Wednesday evening.
El Camino, Jagelonská 10, Prague 3
The most luxurious tapas in town under the baton of David Böhm. The restaurateur works his magic with top ingredients, impeccable service and a seasonal menu that he changes regularly. Now, for example, carrot gazpacho, red shrimp with vizcaina salsa, tapioca and chipotle pepper or the traditional pipperade pepper tartar are waiting for you.