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Carefully sourced beef & good Czech beer, that’s what’s it all about at Cestr. Now I don’t mean that dodge dark & male dominated restaurant, but a modern & light dining environment.
Cestr [say Chester] is part of the successful Czech Republican restaurant group Ambiente, who operates different restaurant concepts. Situated in a modern building, the restaurant is just opposite the State Opera & around the corner from the historical Wenceslas.
A modern feel that’s what you get when you enter. Open, spacious & high ceilings with modern simple wooden interior & nice details around in the shape of white & blue cow heads.
Cestr rediscovered beef from an animal that has been grazing in Czech Republic for ages & mastered cuts I even didn’t know they exist (not even after translating)! The Simmental cow, Ceský Strakatý Skot in Czech, is the breed they cherish so much.
After seated down, you will discover your envelope-folded menu presented on your plate. A nice feature, whereby you can explore the different cuts & see from which part of the animal it comes from. Still unsure which cut to choose, wander over to the meat fridge display where massive pieces are displayed! The main focus is obviously on steaks, but the menu also includes veggie dishes, fish & other meat.
I went for the Skirt (445CZK/£15,-), a long & thin piece of meat across the chest of the cow. Low in fat, but good flavour & tenderness.
Although Czech Pilsner Beer is served here out the tank straight from the brewery, but we went for a good bottle of Czech Pinot from Petr Kocarik (1095CZK/£35,-), recommended by our attentive Sommelier.
The service was smooth & efficient, not pushy (what you sometimes get as someone ‘’not from here’’).
If you’re in Prague, business or pleasure, this is a spot to go. Family, friends and even a date I see enjoying themselves over here.