It might seem odd to go for for sushi in Prague, the capital of a landlocked country, but that doesn’t stop Prague residents tucking into the stuff in an increasing array of sushi venues.
There has been massive growth in the variety of sushi spots in the city over the past few years, at all kinds of price points and quality levels. If you’re yearning for some raw fish on your Prague vacation, here’s a quick briefing.
If you want to push the boat out, Sushi Bar, one of Prague’s longest established sushi places (since 1999), owned by the same group as the similarly obviously-named Seafood Shop, is your port of call for the absolute freshest sushi in the city. Strictly for high rollers, with a piece of salmon nigiri setting you back nearly $6.
Well, not quite, though it might seem that way at first glance: Sushi Point has sushi bars in several locations around Prague. Prices are a little more reasonable than Sushi Bar, though not by much. The same company has a restaurant on Wenceslas Square called Kobe, with similar prices and a much plusher setting than the Sushi Point places. Our tip: try the Kobe burger if one of your party is looking for a meaty alternative.
The up & comer
Susharna (a cute play on words for Czechs, sušarna, pronounced the same way, means drying room and explains the paper fish on a washing line that decorates the restaurant) is a Czech take on up-scale sushi. The menu is quirky and interesting and on my couple of visits there I really enjoyed the sushi.
Sushi and (much) more besides
Although the sushi offerings are limited to fairly basic salmon and butterfish nigiri and simple maki rolls, the all-you-can-eat salad & sushi buffet at Ambiente Brasileiro means you can keep a tight control on the outlay. Useful for groups of mixed tastes as the salad bar and optional all-you-can-eat rodizio grilled meat provides plenty of variety.
Keep it coming
A relatively new phenomenon is the all-you-can-eat conveyor belt of sushi offered by the Makakiko Running Sushi outlets in a couple of large shopping malls (298Kc/$18 daytime, 398Kc/$24 evenings) and at Baifu Running Sushi at Belehradska 75 near I.P. Pavlova (no website, but this review by ex-Prague food blogger, Knedlikova, should fill in the details) the outlay is 199Kc/$12 daytime and 259Kc/$15 evenings. At both of these the sushi isn’t the best you’ll ever have but if you’re a quantity over quality kind of person then you can go crazy.
Get it to go
Opened in late summer 2011, Slovak-owned Sushi Time is a delivery, take-away located just out of the centre, in Karlin, Prague 8. They’ll deliver for just 20Kc providing you spend more than 130Kc (their cheapest sushi set is 130Kc). Or you can pick up. As of December 2011 their sushi bar isn’t open for business.
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There are many other places, too numerous to mention, so if you think we’ve missed out somewhere that should be on this list, do let us know in the comments.
Reader and fellow blogger Eat Drink Prague suggests numerous other places in the comments. You can read EDP’s sushi bar reviews here.