La Galerie Restaurant at Albertov- food review

La Galerie Restaurant- Where no expense has been spared with the food… or the setting.

“Albertov – where is that?” has been the general retort that I have received when eulogising about the new restaurant that I discovered at the end of last year, La Galerie. It is, in fact, an up and coming area of Prague 2, just down the hill from Karlovo Náměstí, where Jiří Muška has seen a dream come true by constructing six buildings offering 269 rental apartments.
In front of them, at Na slupi 2b, is another magnificent self-contained house that is home to his three-level restaurant. No expense has been spared to create one of the most luxurious eating venues in Prague, lapacho (Brazilian walnut) and Israeli travertine flooring, matching tables and suede covered chairs complement elegantly plastered and exposed brick walls.   

The entry floor of La Galerie is at street level. Having passed through the entrance hall you find yourself within a room where they offer you a choice of three breakfasts: Czech, English or French, all priced at CZK 139 and served from 07.00 until 10.30. There is a large choice of fresh juices, available in various sizes and combinations, as well as a variety of waters, soft drinks, teas and coffees. If, for whatever reason, the thought of breakfast does not appeal, then also from 07.00, but now until 18.00, you may choose from a Czech-oriented lunch and afternoon menu. On offer are soups, such as Kulajda, starters, a Caesar salad, pasta and meat dishes, and an extensive choice of homemade desserts, including Caramel Vetrnik, which contains fresh cognac whipped cream.   

The second part of the day commences at 18.00 when the upstairs part closes and the action moves down a level to the main restaurant. The main features here are the open-plan kitchen, the large fireplace containing a grill that is large enough to roast a whole animal, and the aquarium that contains a large number of lobsters.

The dinner menu comprises a choice of five starters (CZK 300), six main courses (CZK 500) and five desserts (CZK 250), in addition to which there is a grill menu where you can watch your meal being cooked.  
 There is also a ‘chef’s table’ situated right in front of the kitchen where it is possible to see your entire meal being prepared and cooked. La Galerie’s philosophy is to select meat for its meals directly at the growers´ farms. It never uses meat produced using growth hormones, antibiotics or badly treated animals. Staff believes that the best meals originate directly at the source.  

The restaurant is completely no smoking. On the lowest level, however, you will find the lounge, where it is possible to choose from their extensive range of cigars, whilst enjoying an after dinner drink or two. Downstairs, you will also find the glass-fronted, temperature-controlled wine cellar, which boasts not only a minimum of one bottle of Mouton Rothschild for all 50 years from 1955 to 2004, but also an interesting selection of magnums, Jeroboams, Methuselahs and Salmanazars, right up to a Melchior, which is 18 litres, of a claret, Chateau Tour Haut-Caussan 2005. The walls are adorned with lithographs of the Mouton Rothschild labels. La Chaine des Rotisseurs recently used La Galerie as the venue for their visiting Tuscan chef , and an amazing evening was enjoyed by over 80 guests.  

There is ample parking for the restaurant’s clients and even the possibility of staying overnight in one of the rental apartments.

About the reviewer: Nigel Mort is a founding member of the Czech Bailliage and is currently its Chancelier. He is CEO of CAPITAL PROPERTIES s.r.o., an estate agency that specializes in selling residential property both in Prague and throughout the Czech Republic. Nigel is well-qualified to comment on the wining and dining scene in Prague as he eats out 365 days a year.If you have any restaurant tips or food-related gossip, you may contact Nigel at  nigel@chaine.cz

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