Czech cuisine is rich in meat and low on greens. Carnivores won't be diappointed. Vegetable is not included in their vocabulary; some may even think it is a dirty word. Meatless meals are hard to find, but if you like Indian food you will have no problem at all. Hidden in the Holesovice district of Prague, restaurant Bhojan excels in Indian vegetarian cuisine, and thali is their specialty.
Thali in Bhojan Restaurant — Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone
Restaurant Bhojan is extremely popular and fills up quickly at lunchtime because there are only a limited number of tables. Sharing a table with others is a good Czech custom. Few tourists frequent Bhojan, so having a meal here may offer you a real Indian-Czech experience.
Czech restaurants offer set meals for lunch, and Bhojan is no exception. Every day the menu features a different combination of dishes. If you're a big eater, then go for the velke ("big") menu. You will be served a thali with five different side dishes, rice and parantha (a flat type of bread). Prefer to eat light? Go for the male ("small") menu, which includes only three side dishes.
A customer orders a tasty vegetarian meal at Bhojan — Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone
Be sure to drink lassi with your meal, a blend of yoghurt, water and fruit. Salt lassi is very popular in India. It is not on the menu, but when you ask, they will make it for you. If you just want a snack, then go for samosa, fried pastry filled with spiced potatoes, onions, lentils or peas. It's quite filling, but if you are still hungry, try halva, a semolina-based sweet.
Hop on tram 5, 17, 24 or 26. Get off at Strossmayerovo Namesti. This stop is right in front of the restaurant. Bhojan is on Milady Horakove Street 3, right opposite Antoninska Church.