Jun 05, 2024

New Dining Gem in Prague: Monastiq at Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental has opened a new dining experience with its restaurant, Monastiq.

The concept celebrates Czech culinary history and the hotel’s architectural heritage, dating back to a 14th-century Dominican monastery.

Head Chef Michal Horváth and his deputy Aleš Bursík lead the culinary team, drawing inspiration from historical texts and contemporary cookbooks. Their creations narrate the stories of centuries-old dishes, reimagined with modern techniques and the finest ingredients.

The menu features dishes like the “Czech Aristocrat,” a veal steak with warm potato salad, pickled gherkins, and apple cider vinegar, adhering to a mid-19th-century recipe. The “Silk Road” offers lamb chops and croquettes with mulberries and roasted celery, honoring the 14th-century Czech silk industry.

The bar menu features lighter dishes perfect for sharing, along with modern takes on salads and popular classics. Guests can also enjoy a selection of Czech wines. The bar offers signature cocktails inspired by Czech personalities like Jan Werich and Václav Havel.

“Guests will first be captivated by the unique location and rich history of our hotel and Malá Strana. They will then embark on an authentic gastronomic journey at Monastiq, where they will experience the history of Czech cuisine through modern dishes,” explains Duarte Correia, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Prague.

Monastiq’s interior blends historical and modern elements, reflecting an authentic monastery atmosphere. The selection of paintings depicts key historical figures and famous works of art with a Czech influence.

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“Prague’s gastronomic scene is rich and diverse, but it lacks a restaurant that delves into the history and origins of Czech cuisine. Monastiq fills this gap, offering guests a fascinating insight into what makes Czech food so captivating. Our chefs demonstrate how traditional dishes can be transformed into something fresh, innovative, and exceptional through modern culinary techniques,” adds Duarte Correia.

Monastiq operates seven days a week, serving breakfast from 7:00 am to 10:30 am, lunch from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, and dinner from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

In the spring and summer months, guests can also enjoy outdoor seating on the terrace in the hotel courtyard.

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