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All 202 reviews posted by charlie on AllPraha...

2 Sep 11 - charlie on Magická zahrada in Restaurants...
«OK but not worth the trip»
I’ve known of Magicka Zahrada for years and only got round to going yesterday. Once inside the garden is very nice but overall lacking in atmosphere. Prices for food are reasonable and really nothing wrong with the food at all but it wasn’t exceptional. The biggest problem was the wine list. a by-the-glass Rioja for 135Kc was disappointing. A long look at the wine list didn’t turn up anything worth the prices they are charging. What’s needed is more (any!) choice in the 450-600Kc range. We went to Baang afterwards (one and half tram stops away) for dessert a better, cheaper wine.
charlie rated Magická zahrada like this: Food: 8, Service: 6, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Ristorante Porto28 Mar 10 - charlie on Ristorante Porto in Restaurants...
«Welcoming but not exceptional»
Welcoming space with friendly service and food that's a cut above the average Italian but not best-in-class. The carpaccio was a disappointment, pasta dishes are better. Their specials menu is well worth checking. The chocolate soufflé was a palpable hit with my other half. Overall it's a decent option if you live in the neighbourhood. If you don't you've probably got a place just as good close by.
charlie rated Ristorante Porto like this: Food: 8, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 7
31 Jan 10 - charlie on Butch's Burger in Fast Food...
«Viable local alternative to McDs or Burger King»
The bacon cheeseburger I had was very tasty, my only criticism would be the cucumbers included in place of gherkins. Made it seem somewhat improvised. Service, from the owner himself, was very friendly. I'd definitely go back if I lived closer, but it's not worth travelling for.
charlie rated Butch's Burger like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Speed of service: 7
picture of Datart20 Oct 09 - charlie on Datart in Household Appliance Shops...
«Best experienced online»
In-store it's one of those places where you're either beset with salespeople bugging you or you can't find someone when you need to buy something. Online it's a lot easier, the range and stock is wider, plus they offer free delivery and basic installation (connecting your new dishwasher/microwave to your existing plumbing for example).
charlie rated Datart like this: Range: 7, Quality of goods: 9, Value for money: 8
picture of Lehka Hlava11 Sep 09 - charlie on Lehka Hlava in Restaurants...
«A vegetarian restaurant that meat eaters will love too»
The menu at Lehka Hlava is such that you don't really notice there's no meat on it. It's a fairly cosy place (one time we were there we noticed two couples who didn't know each other sharing a table) so reserve in advance if you can. Personal favourites are the goat's cheese salad and the quesadilla. We tried brunch too, it was ok but not much in the breakfasty category. Stick to the regular menu, there are better places for brunch. Prices are very reasonable. I'm looking forward to trying Maitrea, their new place on Tynska Ulicka sometime.
charlie rated Lehka Hlava like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Kutna Hora17 Aug 09 - charlie on Kutna Hora in Day Trips and Places to Visit...
«Makes a nice change of pace from Prague»
If your stay in Prague is more than a couple of days you might relish the opportunity to get away from the madding crowds and have a wander round this quiet town. Whilst there's not a huge list of things to see, it's worth the trip.
charlie rated Kutna Hora like this: : 0
30 Jun 09 - charlie on MUDr. Dana Kounovská in Dentists...
«An excellent dentist»
Very professional, perfect English and reasonably priced.
charlie rated MUDr. Dana Kounovská like this: Quality of service: 10, Competence: 10, Friendliness/Bedside manner: 10
picture of Magnum Shooting Range7 Jun 09 - charlie on Magnum Shooting Range in Fun Stuff...
«A lot of fun, highly recommended»
Much easier to get to than I expected and once there the manager and instructors were very friendly and helpful. If you've never shot before definitely give it a go - I especially liked the variety of the 'tasting menus' for those who aren't sure what to try from the very large arsenal they have there.
charlie rated Magnum Shooting Range like this: Organisation: 10, Friendliness: 10, Value for money: 9
picture of Pizza Sicilia27 Apr 09 - charlie on Pizza Sicilia in Fast Food...
«Friendly service, great pizza, great prices»
A nice addition to the neighbourhood for those times when you can't be bothered to cook. The pizzas are freshly made, the base freshly thrown in true pizzaiola style. A lot of the ingredients are genuine Italian. If you live nearby definitely try them out.
charlie rated Pizza Sicilia like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Speed of service: 9
2 Feb 09 - charlie on Costa Coffee in Cafés...
«Great coffee, needs more staff»
Both times I've been here they've been very busy - there are only two members of staff and I can't fault the main barista but the other girl seemed to be trying very hard to avoid doing any work at all. They'd make more money if they staffed up, especially around their busy times. But hey, they're still recruiting and have only been open a short while so this may improve.

The coffee was very good and as a major plus point versus Coffee Heaven downstairs, they use fresh, not long-life milk. Snacks are reasonably priced and I was glad to see them much busier than Coffee Heaven. Perhaps the free and open wi-fi is partly why...
charlie rated Costa Coffee like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 8, Service: 5, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Air France19 Dec 08 - charlie on Air France in Flights...
«Not worth paying business class for short hops but nice for long haul»
I recently flew to Tokyo from Prague with Air France. Business class for the first section of the journey (to Paris) was pretty non-descript - more leg room but the seat no wider (on the short haul flights the business class seats are convertible back into economy so all you get is the middle seat configured as a small table). The long haul part to Tokyo however was excellent - lie-almost-flat seat/bed, excellent food, help-yourself buffet... I arrived feeling fine and haven't experienced any jet-lag.
charlie rated Air France like this: : 0
picture of Cihelna La Familia4 Dec 08 - charlie on Cihelna La Familia in Restaurants...
«Popular place with very nice pizzas»
I was very pleasantly surprised by this upscale pizza place, the pizzas are authentic Neapolitan style, prepared in a wood-burning oven. I can recommend the buffalo mozzarella, very nice indeed.
charlie rated Cihelna La Familia like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Fosil4 Dec 08 - charlie on Fosil in Restaurants...
«Very cosy and friendly place»
A nice place to have as a local. I definitely cant eat there too often, all my favourites on the menu are really unhealthy, like the little hot dogs in pastry or the Queso Fundido con Chorizo (melted cheese with chorizo in it, served with flour or corn tortillas). Beer (Pilsner or Gambrinus on tap) is cheap, go on Tuesdays for 2-for-1 cocktails.
charlie rated Fosil like this: Food: 7, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Retro20 Nov 08 - charlie on Retro in Restaurants...
«Bustling bar/restaurant serving up damn fine steaks»
I'd never had a T-Bone steak before in my life (I'm English and since the BSE scare beef on the bone's strictly a no-no) but was very impressed with this one. The portion size was on the generous side, the meat very tasty - get it with the pepper sauce for maximum effect. The carpaccio starter I had was well executed - I'd order it again, though would probably ask for more parmesan shavings and no capers. The fillet steak my friend had was a perfectly cooked medium - tender, juicy and not bloody. I'd probably go for that next time.
charlie rated Retro like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
20 Nov 08 - charlie on Futurum Music Bar in Disco / Dance Clubs...
«Ever so slightly school disco»
There's something of the school disco about the place - maybe it's the stage, maybe it's the teens grooving to tunes that predate them. All in all though a fun an cheap night out, just don't take the place or yourself too seriously and you'll have a good time.
charlie rated Futurum Music Bar like this: Quality of music: 7, Quality of facilities: 7, Good vibes: 8
picture of Alex Bistrot17 Nov 08 - charlie on Alex Bistrot in Cafés...
«A decent brekkie/brunch standby»
I ended up here because the Ambi PastaCaffe was closed for a day and I remembered seeing a sign purporting ot offer breakfasts outside Alex Bistrot. I was pleasantly surprised, breakfast was good and inexpensive, service was friendly. I'd go back, but I wouldn't make a trip across town for it.
charlie rated Alex Bistrot like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 7, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Crêperie u Slepé ko?i?ky30 Oct 08 - charlie on Crêperie u Slepé ko?i?ky in Cafés...
«Tasty sweet and savoury crepes, great coffee and friendly service»
I'm a big fan of this place - it's not particularly local for me but I've been known to make the trip across town just to eat here. When you fancy a heartily-sized, well-topped crepe, at non-rip-off prices, get yourself to the blind kitten. Last time I was there I took my mum and sister - they went nuts for the cat theme :)
charlie rated Crêperie u Slepé ko?i?ky like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 8, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
picture of SkyEurope26 Oct 08 - charlie on SkyEurope in Flights...
«Friendlier than some budget airlines, with some very good sales»
I've flown Sky Europe between Prague and Luton and Prague and Amsterdam. Service is good for a budget airline, cabin crew are friendly and I prefer that they allocate you a seat at check-in. I've had some great deals from their sales too. Well worth a try.
charlie rated SkyEurope like this: : 0
picture of El Barrio de Ángel30 Sep 08 - charlie on El Barrio de Ángel in Restaurants...
«Good for cocktails, so-so for food.»
I was there as part of a fairly large table and they kept the cocktails, which were very good, coming at a decent rate, the food all arrived with a couple of minutes and was tasty, but for the money I'd eat elsewhere. Atmosphere a little lacking but I'm told the nights with live music are much better. It was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night and there's a lot of seating, probably more fun when it's a little more bustling.
charlie rated El Barrio de Ángel like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Botanicus Historical Centre and Gardens14 Sep 08 - charlie on Botanicus Historical Centre and Gardens in Day Trips and Places to Visit...
«A break from the old routine»
We went there on one of the 'quiet' weekends but there was still plenty to see and do. It's a relatively short trip from the centre of Prague - 50 minutes and no changes from Masarykovo Nadrazi. The 'working museum' part is interesting and after a stroll round that we ambled through the gardens. Best done on a sunny day and a nice 'part-day' trip to get you out of the city.
charlie rated Botanicus Historical Centre and Gardens like this: : 0
picture of Bowling Centrum RAN14 Sep 08 - charlie on Bowling Centrum RAN in Games...
«An OK bowling experience»
Not the best bowling experience I've had in Prague, and definitely not the cheapest - we were there late afternoon/early evening and for the first hour were the only people there so there wasn't much atmosphere. The lane repeatedly malfunctioned - not setting down all 10 pins for the first frame for example. The guy in charge of the lanes had to keep sorting it out. I'd recommend trying elsewhere.
charlie rated Bowling Centrum RAN like this: Quality of equipment: 4, Value for money: 5, Atmosphere: 5
picture of Wings Club10 Sep 08 - charlie on Wings Club in Restaurants...
«A contender for 'tops for ribs'»
This is a busy place but for some reason there's usually just one waiter so you may be twiddling your thumbs as you wait for your next beer, and it's not that he's lazy, he's kept busy fetching and carrying plates of food and trays of drinks. Enormous portions (I couldn't finish the ribs, it's really a 'sharer') make up for that somewhat however.
charlie rated Wings Club like this: Food: 8, Service: 6, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Sushi House8 Sep 08 - charlie on Sushi House in Cafés...
«Somewhat lacking in patrons but the sushi's not bad»
I was intrigued when this place opened near my office. I wondered if it would last. Thus far it has, though I can't understand how. At peak dining times the relatively large number of tables are almost completely bereft of diners. They make a big thing of their takeaway menu - perhaps a lot of their trade is takeaway. Though I rarely see anyone picking up. I can't fault the sushi itself but if this place is going to survive they're going to have to do something about their lack of custom. The location, in a fairly heavily trafficked passage between Sokolovska and Pobrezni, providing a pleasant cut through to the Hilton and numerous office buildings, is not to blame either. Perhaps it's the prices - sushi, even 'cafe-sushi' makes for an expensive lunch. The takeaway prices too did not endear the place to me - my favourite sushi set (no. 28 if you're curious, costs 230Kc here but just 190Kc at the Svetozor branch in the centre. Perhaps it's the complete lack of marketing, either to encourage trial or repeat business. Come on guys you've got Eon, Prague Business Center, KPMG and numerous other multinational company offices, not to mention the Hilton right on your doorstep. Please do something to ensure your long-term survival in this location because I like having the option.
charlie rated Sushi House like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 5
picture of Sushi House6 Sep 08 - charlie on Sushi House in Fast Food...
«Great for grabbing a quick sushi-to-go set»
Very much a takeaway only venue, service was prompt and friendly, the sushi was prepared very quickly and once I got it home, it was as good as expected.
charlie rated Sushi House like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Speed of service: 8
picture of U Provaznice4 Sep 08 - charlie on U Provaznice in Restaurants...
«A real gem»
Busy with both locals and tourists, U Provaznice is a real find and literally just off Wenceslas Square. When I have guests in town who want to try traditional Czech food this is one of the places I take them to - serving hearty portions of Czech staples and Pilsner and Gambrinus, it ticks all the boxes. Service is friendly and prompt and the atmosphere is very good. A welcome feature is the non-smoking section.
charlie rated U Provaznice like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Dock House19 Aug 08 - charlie on Dock House in Restaurants...
«A damn fine steak!»
I went for the 300g fillet and was very impressed. Medium rare, just how I like it, with some very good steak fries. The cheesecake was a little bland, but nice enough. Service was prompt, friendly and bilingual.
charlie rated Dock House like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Botanical Garden of Prague6 Aug 08 - charlie on Botanical Garden of Prague in Parks and Gardens...
«The tropical greenhouse is a nice way to spend a winter afternoon»
Feeling chilled to the bone in the depths of winter? Head to the Fata Morgana greenhouse at the botanical gardens - an amazing array of plants and an impressive pond/ underground aquarium make the trip worthwhile.
charlie rated Botanical Garden of Prague like this: Safety: 8, Cleanliness: 8, Quality of facilities: 8
picture of Kabul Karolina21 Jul 08 - charlie on Kabul Karolina in Restaurants...
«Indoors or out, the food is great»
I was last there in winter so we ate inside, in the tiny dining area (cosy is an understatement!). On my latest visit we enjoyed our food in the garden/courtyard area out back. The food was just as wonderful, the service as prompt as before, but somehow eating chicken kebab and mantu outside, it tasted even better. Highly recommended!
charlie rated Kabul Karolina like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
10 Jul 08 - charlie on Alza.cz in Computer Equipment and Dealers...
«Incredibly fast service and competitive prices»
I use Alza about once a month and they are always a joy to deal with. Recently I placed an order at 5:45pm, requested delivery between 7 and 8pm, Messenger were at the door at 6:58pm! Now that's service! Prices are very competitive - their size allows them to buy in serious bulk, and they pretty much always have what I want, or a close alternative, in stock.
charlie rated Alza.cz like this: Range: 9, Service: 9, Value for money: 9
9 Jul 08 - charlie on Electro World in Consumer Electronics...
«A much better experience when shopping online»
If you've got a basic understanding of Czech, shopping via the Electro World website is a lot easier than going there in person. On the one occasion I shopped in store (admittedly a couple of years ago now) the salesperson I dealt with was adamant about sticking to a rule that meant whilst I could have a freezer delivered (at a cost) I couldn't get a microwave delivered at the same time - I would have to take that away with me.

Therefore the rating I've given is for the online store more than the retail location.

Shopping online is much better - you get free delivery when you spend over 1500Kc (if you pay by bank transfer or card) or 5000Kc when you pay cash-on-delivery. You can compare products side-by-side, and there's plenty of product information. Prices are very keen too (for the Czech Republic, obviously most things would be cheaper in Germany or the UK) too. The 'recyklacni poplatek' is included in the price, so no niggling little additions to the total, unlike most of their smaller competitors.
charlie rated Electro World like this: Range: 8, Quality of goods: 9, Value for money: 8
1 Jul 08 - charlie on Telefonica O2 in Broadband Access Providers...
«Can't fault them on service provision but they're pricey»
I would jump at the chance to have UPC if it was available in my building. It isn't so I'm stuck with expensive, slow ADSL at home. The prices aren't that bad on the face of it, but when you factor in that you have to have a landline, with a non-trivial line rental of around 400kc a month, they're much more expensive than UPC. My advice, get UPC if you possibly can, Telefonica are rip-off merchants.
charlie rated Telefonica O2 like this: Uptime: 9, Quality of connection: 9, Quality of customer service: 7
29 Jun 08 - charlie on Slavia in Sports / Fitness Centres and Gyms...
«Very basic but OK»
Visiting the open air pool at Slavia you get the impression that nothing has changed there in many years. The communist era look and feel is pervasive - what on earth is that watchtower between the swimming pools for?! Take something comfy to lie on - the paving is comprised of tiny stones embedded in concrete - and they get very hot in the sun, and the grassed areas are not really worthy of the name - made up of trimmed weeds rather than actual blades of grass.

All in all, there are better swimming holes in the city, but i you live near Slavia, it's not a terrible place to spend an afternoon in the sun.
charlie rated Slavia like this: Quality of facilities: 6, Friendliness: 5, Value for money: 5
picture of Pizza Marzano29 Jun 08 - charlie on Pizza Marzano in Restaurants...
«Easily one of the best pizzas I've had in Prague»
I went there expecting a carbon-copy of a Pizza Express in the UK, and they've certainly got the look right, but whereas you can rely on a Pizza Express pizza being identical anywhere in the UK, they're somewhat better here - the base is a little crispier, your pizza doesn't get soggy in the middle. The toppings are the same, so no difference there. And there's draught Budvar on the menu, a definite improvement on the situation in the UK! They've still got Nastro Azzuro for the 'purists' though.

The one thing that marks it down is the atmosphere - it's very quiet, it's been almost deserted whenever I've been there. Maybe they're busy on weekday lunchtimes or earlier in the evening. Service was very good however (there were more staff than diners).
charlie rated Pizza Marzano like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 6
picture of iNETPrint.cz26 Jun 08 - charlie on iNETPrint.cz in Printing Services...
«Fast and professional»
Have used them a few times in the past few years and have never been disappointed - they deliver quality print (both digital and conventional) on time.
charlie rated iNETPrint.cz like this: : 0
picture of U Mrtvýho Ptáka19 Jun 08 - charlie on U Mrtvýho Ptáka in Restaurants...
«Hearty (seriously!) portions make this a place worth returning to»
These guys take their meat seriously - portion sizes are astonishing. Don't go there looking for delicate touches, this is food sans subtlety. Very enjoyable for a meal out with the lads.
charlie rated U Mrtvýho Ptáka like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Olše18 Jun 08 - charlie on Olše in Restaurants...
«Czech pub grub at its best and a tankovna to boot»
Sometimes it's nice to go out for plain simple Czech pub grub, gulas, rizky, all the old favourites, as a break from the growing number of finer-dining places. If you've got the urge, then Olše is the where to go. It's a tankovna too - unpasteurised Pilsner straight from the tank.
charlie rated Olše like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
18 Jun 08 - charlie on Outlet Fashion Arena in Shopping Malls...
«Some bargains to be had but don't go crazy»
Whilst there are some good deals (the Hi Tec and Alpine Pro stores spring to mind) some shops have no better prices than you'd get at sale time in the centre of town. Best if you know roughly what you're looking for before you go. It is the only shopping centre I've been to where most people are actually carrying bags of shopping instead of just browsing. Buses to/from the metro station are every half hour, so the journey can take a while. The food court is a little odd - featuring amongst other things, a Subway and a branch of Planet Sushi, for which there seemed to be no takers, certainly at 70Kc per piece of salmon nigiri!
charlie rated Outlet Fashion Arena like this: : 0
18 Jun 08 - charlie on Casino Palais Savarin in Casinos...
«What a casino is supposed to be like»
If your preconceptions about casinos are from movies, Palais Savarin measures up nicely.
charlie rated Casino Palais Savarin like this: Quality of service: 9, Quality of facilities: 9, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Bohemia Bagel - Holešovice17 Jun 08 - charlie on Bohemia Bagel - Holešovice in Cafés...
«It's a BoBag, only slicker»
Bohemia Bagel can be relied upon for filling, reasonably priced food. The Holešovice location is a definitely a cut above the old Ujezd one in terms of styling.
charlie rated Bohemia Bagel - Holešovice like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro17 Jun 08 - charlie on Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro in Restaurants...
«I take my earlier review back - this is now my favourite Brasileiro»
There's more of everything here than the other branch (probably because it's bigger). It's very lively and is always a great experience for visitors (I try and limit my trips to this place for waistline reasons!)
charlie rated Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 10
16 Jun 08 - charlie on Marks and Spencer in Speciality food shops...
«Just like home (only not enough of it!)»
When M&S started selling food it made life just that little bit easier. Now if only they'd import the premium sausages...
charlie rated Marks and Spencer like this: Range: 7, Quality of goods: 10, Value for money: 9
picture of Finecar9 Apr 08 - charlie on Finecar in Car / Van Rental...
«Finally a car rental company I'll use again»
These guys make everything easy - they deliver the car and pick it up again for free. Most rental companies charge for this or don't offer it, expecting you to trek out to their place in the middle of nowhere to pick up and drop off. I got a free upgrade from a Skoda Felicia to an Octavia Diesel, which pleased me, and they included magnetic ski holders at no extra charge. Their pricing is very competitive, and clear, with no hidden surprises or surcharges. I will definitely use them again next time I need to rent a car, more than I can say for any of the 3 other car rental companies I've tried.
charlie rated Finecar like this: Quality of service: 10, Quality of vehicles: 10, Value for money: 10
picture of Makakiko29 Mar 08 - charlie on Makakiko in Restaurants...
«Worth a try but not a keeper»
The sushi was ok but not outstanding, fresh but not very subtle. The salmon nigiri were huge, difficult to pick up in one piece, the maki rolls weren't too bad though. The hot dishes were so-so. I went for lunch (298Kc) and I'd say it was reasonable value.
charlie rated Makakiko like this: Food: 7, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Angel Restaurant22 Feb 08 - charlie on Angel Restaurant in Restaurants...
«Simply exceptional»
From the starters to the dessert, everything was just great. The setting looks fantastic and the service was attentive but not overbearing. My only complaint is that the wine list could be a little broader, and really ought to be cheaper.
charlie rated Angel Restaurant like this: Food: 10, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Zimní Stadion Štvanice27 Nov 07 - charlie on Zimní Stadion Štvanice in Sports / Fitness Centres and Gyms...
«No ice palace, but functional and cheap»
The facilities are a little basic, and the rental boots agonising, but if you fancy a bit of ice skating, its close to the centre (a short walk from Florenc) and reasonably priced.
charlie rated Zimní Stadion Štvanice like this: Quality of facilities: 6, Friendliness: 5, Value for money: 8
picture of Masala17 Oct 07 - charlie on Masala in Restaurants...
«A real gem»
Having been twice in the opening fortnight and the place packed with happy diners every time, it's not hard to see why word about this restaurant is spreading like wildfire. The management are very friendly, responsive to suggestions and the food is just perfect. No dumbing down of curries so they're acceptable to a Czech palate, in fact when offered the choice of mild, medium or hot, hot might even be a bit too much for most people. Book early to guarantee a table but be prepared to wait as anyone who gets there before you seems reluctant to relinquish their table.
charlie rated Masala like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
13 Jun 07 - charlie on Himalaya in Fast Food...
«What an improvement!»
I last got food from Himalaya about 2 and a half years ago and at the time I was underwhelmed. I tried it again this evening on a whim and was truly shocked by the improvement. From the genuine Indian staff (tm) to the authentic curry (best korai I've had here ever) and superb garlic naan. Absolutely nothing to fault it on. If you've a hankering for a decent dansak or a jolly good jalfrezi, get yourself off to Himalaya (or get it delivered).
charlie rated Himalaya like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Speed of service: 9
picture of Mozaika23 May 07 - charlie on Mozaika in Restaurants...
«One of my favourites»
You can always rely on Mozaika to serve up an excellent meal. There's plenty of atmosphere (probably because they're almost always full - you'd better book ahead).
charlie rated Mozaika like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
12 Apr 07 - charlie on Axa Gym in Sports / Fitness Centres and Gyms...
«Good basic gym with friendly staff, rarely crowded»
I joined this gym after a year of being indifferent about the BBC gym at Vrsovicka. The marked differences are: less crowded, more changing room space and friendlier staff. They're also much more flexible on membership terms. There's no pool or sauna, though the Hotel Axa complex contains a separate pool & sauna so you can do both of those onsite.
charlie rated Axa Gym like this: Quality of facilities: 7, Friendliness: 8, Value for money: 8
10 Apr 07 - charlie on Cremeria Milano in Cafés...
«The Best Ice Cream in Prague»
Cream & Dream ice cream, somehow served better than the Husova outlet... Large helpings (a medium is plenty for most appetites!)
charlie rated Cremeria Milano like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 10, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 0
picture of Ambiente Pasta Fresca15 Feb 07 - charlie on Ambiente Pasta Fresca in Restaurants...
«Always exceptional»
I've eaten here quite a lot over the past couple of weeks and without fail the food is amazing, the service impeccable and the atmosphere lively but not overwhelming. A real treat!
charlie rated Ambiente Pasta Fresca like this: Food: 10, Service: 10, Atmosphere: 10
picture of A Casa21 Dec 06 - charlie on A Casa in Food delivery...
«Not the fastest but a wide selection»
I've only ordered food from Ambi Pizza Nuova through A Casa (why order from anywhere else, their true Neapolitan style pizzas are great), and though delivery wasn't the fastest (once was down to the restaurant being really busy, the other due to a miscommunication between their dispatch people and the delivery person), the price is hard to beat and the food was still warm when it arrived. Recommended.
charlie rated A Casa like this: Food: 9, Accuracy of order: 10, Speed of delivery: 7
picture of Prague Zoo16 Oct 06 - charlie on Prague Zoo in Sights...
«A great day out for all ages»
The zoo makes for an excellent day out for all everyone, not just the kids. They've clearly put in a lot of work here since the floods decimated the collection in 2002 and the zoo is a great example for the rest of the country of how to run a tourist attraction (though more buses would help - it's always a squeeze!)
charlie rated Prague Zoo like this: Impressiveness: 9, Value for money: 9
picture of Bike Expert15 Aug 06 - charlie on Bike Expert in Bike shops...
«My bike's never felt better»
I had my bike serviced after (too many) years of neglect and now it rides better than ever.
charlie rated Bike Expert like this: Range: 0, Quality of goods: 0, Value for money: 0
picture of Cyklosport 6915 Aug 06 - charlie on Cyklosport 69 in Bike shops...
«Well stocked, great bikes and snagged an excellent bargain»
They were having a 20% off clearance on 2006 model year bikes (and it was only August), had the right bike in stock (allowed my girlfriend to try a range of sizes and models to get the right one), and were friendly and efficient. If you need a bike, go see them. Soon - the 20% is unbeatable.
charlie rated Cyklosport 69 like this: Range: 9, Quality of goods: 10, Value for money: 10
picture of Neklid9 Aug 06 - charlie on Neklid in Restaurants...
«Big portions, friendly prompt service, a keeper»
Somewhat off the beaten track but worth the trip if you're over that side of town. Portions are very large (starters that look nothing like starter size), servers were smiley and on the spot and prices are attractive too. I'll be back!
charlie rated Neklid like this: Food: 8, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Gate Restaurant19 Jun 06 - charlie on Gate Restaurant in Restaurants...
«Busy and bustling lunch spot»
Always busy at lunch - check their web site for the week's lunch specials, and get their early - they run out fast. Portion size is just right and service is efficient.
charlie rated Gate Restaurant like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Mattoni9 May 06 - charlie on Mattoni in Water...
«A favourite»
If there's one thing that serves as a black mark against a restaurant it's if they serve a different water (like the awful Bonaqua from the Coca-Cola company) when you ask for a Mattonku. Mattoni has that certain something, an indefinable feeling of quality. Now available in a multitude of fruit flavours (lightly sugared unfortunately) and even a still version (Mattoni Styl).
charlie rated Mattoni like this: Range: 9, Quality of goods: 10, Value for money: 10
9 May 06 - charlie on Tesco in Supermarkets and Hypermarkets...
«(usually) big queues but worth it»
Getting through the checkouts at Carrefour can often be an ordeal - they never seem to have enough open. On the upside, their range of meat (organic beef, yay!), dairy (yes you can buy English cheddar and other cheeses here), in-store bakery (decent croissants, very nice tarte aux pommes) and all-round low prices make it a worthwhile wait, and overall a damn sight less stressful and more fulfilling shopping experience than the city centre Tesco.
charlie rated Tesco like this: Range: 9, Quality of goods: 9, Value for money: 9
7 May 06 - charlie on Miluj Bližního Sveho! in Restaurants...
«Cosy, friendly, good food and Bernard on tap»
Finally a place that feels properly like a 'local'. Food is always good (though a friend's pork tongue lunch special wasn't quite up to what he expected, perhaps avoid the more outlandish dishes ;) and prices are very reasonable. Bernard is just 23Kc a half litre.
charlie rated Miluj Bližního Sveho! like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Getting There - By Bus6 May 06 - charlie on Getting There - By Bus in Špindler?v Mlýn Ski Resort...
«Not too bad, but make a reservation!»
The three hours can seem like a long time, but the coach isn't overly uncomfortable and it it is at least pretty cheap. I recommend buying your tickets in advance (these automatically give you a seat reservation) otherwise you may find yourself standing for the whole journey (hardly anyone gets off at the intermediate stops). You can buy a ticket in advance at Florenc bus station, no need to trek all the way out to Cerny Most for that, thankfully.
charlie rated Getting There - By Bus like this: : 0
picture of Lomnice - Hotel, Bistro & Restaurant6 May 06 - charlie on Lomnice - Hotel, Bistro & Restaurant in Špindler?v Mlýn Ski Resort...
«Good eats, cosy hotel, breakfast could be better»
A regular dinner-stop when in Spindl and I stayed there this season - being so close to the centre of town has definite advantages and I'd recommend it on location alone - right in the centre with the main ski bus stop outside. Also the hotel manager was very accommodating, making the room available early (at 10 am) for us to leave our luggage whilst the housekeeper got on with prepping the room and we got to the slopes. The room was fairly basic but perfectly fine (bring your own toiletries though). The only thing that lets it down slightly is breakfast, but you can always grab something out.
charlie rated Lomnice - Hotel, Bistro & Restaurant like this: : 0
picture of Pastacaffé29 Apr 06 - charlie on Pastacaffé in Cafés...
«The best coffee in Prague»
10 for drinks and food because of the Lambo coffee and ultra-nice breakfast/brunch menu items.
8 for service because the staff can sometimes be a little hard to get the attention of.
7 for atmosphere because it's often tricky to get a non-smoking table in the afternoon and it spoils my coffee if I have someone smoking nearby.
charlie rated Pastacaffé like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 10, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 7
27 Apr 06 - charlie on IMAX Praha in Cinemas...
«Now that's what I call a movie screen!»
Watched Batman Begins and was blown away by the whole experience. Well worth keeping an eye on what they're showing for the occasional IMAX 2D Hollywood blockbuster (usually they just have IMAX 3D stuff with Czech audio)
charlie rated IMAX Praha like this: Quality of service: 8, Quality of facilities: 8, Quality of picture and sound system: 10
picture of Ambiente Pizza Nuova26 Apr 06 - charlie on Ambiente Pizza Nuova in Restaurants...
«Not as good as Brasileiro»
The buffet selection, whilst limited, is of a very high standard and the pizza and pasta is certainly tasty, but there was a little too much waiting about between servings, and trying to get some attention for our table of seven seemed to be a little tricky - they just don't seem as eager to feed you up as the guys wielding the skewers of meat at Brasileiro are. Highly recommend booking a table, and in the non-smoking area especially if that is a concern.
charlie rated Ambiente Pizza Nuova like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Kafarna na kus reci26 Apr 06 - charlie on Kafarna na kus reci in Bars...
«Where's Bernard gone?»
Aaaargh, they went and changed their beer to the not-too-bad Zlatopramen from the ever-so-nice-non-pasteurised-family-owned-brewery Bernard.
charlie rated Kafarna na kus reci like this: Quality of Drinks: 6, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Hacienda Mexicana25 Apr 06 - charlie on Hacienda Mexicana in Restaurants...
«Not worth writing home about»
Part of a chain, which definitely shows - reminds me eerily of Chiquitos in the UK. Service is pretty good, prices are a little on the steep side (fajitas price doesn't include tortillas, guacamole or sour cream, which are all extra, plus it's not served with the typical grated cheese, salsa and lettuce that you may be used to). Atmosphere is of the 'stuff nailed to the ceiling' variety. Lunchtime menu (one dish every day for around 99Kc) seems pretty good value, but I'd check out what's on offer on their website before making a special trip.
charlie rated Hacienda Mexicana like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Cerna Kocka Bily Kocour11 Apr 06 - charlie on Cerna Kocka Bily Kocour in Bars...
«Friendly service and kitchen open till 1:30 - Sign me up!»
If you've missed the kitchen hours at your regular dinner location, you could do worse than make for CKBK. With a wide selection of food and uncharacteristically smiley service, you may even want to go there earlier.
charlie rated Cerna Kocka Bily Kocour like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 8
picture of ASB Squash Centrum2 Apr 06 - charlie on ASB Squash Centrum in Sports / Fitness Centres and Gyms...
«Handy location and good courts»
The courts are a showcase for the makers, which explains why they're in good condition. The only thing that marks it down is the changing rooms - a little cramped and only 3 showers.
charlie rated ASB Squash Centrum like this: Quality of facilities: 8, Friendliness: 8, Value for money: 9
22 Mar 06 - charlie on WIA in Broadband Access Providers...
«An oasis in a broadband desert»
Curiously, though I live in Prague 2, my local telephone exchange isn't enabled for ADSL and UPC, whilst in my street, stop a few doors short. WIA offer a decent, well priced alternative, and their installation partner, Vanco, are very helpful and quick to get round and install any necessary equipment.
charlie rated WIA like this: Uptime: 9, Quality of connection: 9, Quality of customer service: 9
picture of Club Baang!13 Feb 06 - charlie on Club Baang! in Restaurants...
«Cosy, comfy, tasty, filling»
One of my favourites, the staff are always very friendly, the food always tasty and the portions always very generous. It's pretty small (maybe 6 or 7 tables) which adds to the cosy ambience, and feels very welcoming.
charlie rated Club Baang! like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Rudy Baron6 Oct 05 - charlie on Rudy Baron in Restaurants...
«Well done the Baron!»
When it was part of the Ambi chain, Rudy Baron was good but not exceptional. The difference was it wasn't a 'party' kind of restaurant like the other Ambis. Now I get the impression they feel a little liberated by their independence, the service is a little more attentive, the steaks just that degree more perfect. A great restaurant when you want a peaceful (and excellent) meal. Just thinking about the food there makes me hungry!
charlie rated Rudy Baron like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Park Cafe2 Aug 05 - charlie on Park Cafe in Bars...
«Top place for summer evenings with your mates»
Plenty of tables, and people don't seem to mind sharing, a general sense of well-being and a faint whiff of mj abound at this beer garden. You have to queue for your drinks (watch the ebbs and flows) but now they have Gambrinus on tap, I'm a regular. Grilled chicken breast or a hefty klobasa go down well with the beer too.
charlie rated Park Cafe like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 9
2 Aug 05 - charlie on U Bilé Kravy in Restaurants...
«Fine French Fare»
I'm kicking myself for not trying this place before. After nearly 4 years in Prague I thought it was about time I gave it a go, and I'm very glad I did. Fantastic steak (medium = medium rare btw), very good, not too expensive wine (the Pinot Noir was exactly like they said on the menu), service was just right (even down to pointing out that a particular side dish just wouldn't go with a particular main). I'd definitely go back when I'm in the mood for a hearty French-style steak.
charlie rated U Bilé Kravy like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 8
9 Jul 05 - charlie on Coffee Heaven in Cafés...
«Is this the best frappe in town?»
Some places just don't understand what makes a good frappe. Starbucks (love 'em or hate 'em) make a good frappe. And in keeping with Coffee Heaven's clear aspiration to be JUST like Starbucks, they definitely get this right. The Parizska branch of CH just edges the Palac Flora one too. And the haven of peace and quiet that is the seating area here, just a stone's throw from the madding tourist crowds of Staromak is well worth seeking out on a hot day.
charlie rated Coffee Heaven like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
2 May 05 - charlie on Thai Spice in Fast Food...
«No contest!»
Expect to wait a little longer than at any of the other fast food places in Palac Flora, that's because they're cooking your food fresh. When Orange Moon opened up in Flora it felt like a good friend had just moved into my neighbourhood. Thai Spice is like that friend giving his blessing to you asking his sister out...
charlie rated Thai Spice like this: Food: 8, Service: 9, Speed of service: 8
picture of Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro24 Apr 05 - charlie on Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro in Restaurants...
«Not as much of a party atmosphere as the original»
The food's just as good as the original Brasiliero at U Radnice but there's something missing. The original has that bit more atmosphere for me - if I'm having a party I'll book the other one but if you want the Brasiliero experience mainly for the food then you can't fault it.
charlie rated Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro like this: Food: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
28 Nov 04 - charlie on Paneria in Bake Shops...
«Tasty bakes»
I get lunch here most days and it's always very tasty and fresh. Choose from light or brown filled baguttes, or have a panini. The mrizka (lattice pastry) with ham and cheese is a firm favourite for a quick snack on the go. Staff could be a little friendlier, but the service is always quick.
charlie rated Paneria like this: Food: 9, Service: 7
picture of P?í?ný ?ez24 Oct 04 - charlie on P?í?ný ?ez in Restaurants...
«Tops for Brunch!»
Never been there for anything other than brunch (though whenever I've been past in the evening it's been pretty packed). There's a lot more to it than you see at first sight though - large cellar area and a neat little mezzanine. The brunch is superb (tip - go for the Home Run special!), service is pretty good too.
charlie rated P?í?ný ?ez like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Double Trouble10 Oct 04 - charlie on Double Trouble in Bars...
«One jumpin' place!»
Double Trouble's definitely rarely dull. Popular with groups of British lads as well as a reasonable cross section of locals, it's certainly not top of the list of venues for a sedate night out, but if you want to party hard, this is a good place to start.
charlie rated Double Trouble like this: Quality of Drinks: 7, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Hradec Kralove9 Oct 04 - charlie on Hradec Kralove in Day Trips and Places to Visit...
«A very nice, well-to-do, quiet town»
Don't go to Hradec to party! But if you like Kotera and Gocar's work, or cubism in general, it's well worth the trip. Or just to wander round a town that redefines 'sleepy'.-
1 Oct 04 - charlie on Coffee Heaven in Cafés...
«Not quite Starbucks, but getting there»
Not bad coffee, and a good compromise if you've got a craving for a big American/Starbucks style coffee. Service is friendly and fast, and there are plenty of pastries and the like for the sweet of tooth. I had a takeaway, so can't say much for atmosphere, but it's in the middle of a fashion mall, so you can people-watch whilst you sip.
charlie rated Coffee Heaven like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 7, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 7
28 Sep 04 - charlie on Fu Long in Restaurants...
«Gone a long way downhill»
I originally added this restaurant and the food has declined sharply since then. Definitely one to avoid.
charlie rated Fu Long like this: Food: 4, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 3
picture of Historical Tram 9128 Aug 04 - charlie on Historical Tram 91 in History...
«A bit of a boneshaker, but well worth a ride»
A nice way to see Prague - the route is perfect for seeing most of Prague's sights in under an hour. The ride is a little rough when you're sitting on the wooden bench seats (though less so in the rear car) but that just adds to the fun! A must-do thing!-
picture of Kafarna na kus reci30 Jul 04 - charlie on Kafarna na kus reci in Bars...
«This I like!»
Bernard on tap and a very neighbourhood-hangout kind of feel are going to make this a regular place for me.
charlie rated Kafarna na kus reci like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Kampa Park Restaurant22 Jul 04 - charlie on Kampa Park Restaurant in Restaurants...
«Top notch dining, but they let you know it»
Not a great place for rollicking fun or relaxing meal, but certainly impressive (and I counted at least two or three tables where a guy was clearly trying to impress his date). The food is exquisite however, and the service is very (too?) attentive. If you're into Prague's fine dining scene, this is one of the undisputed stars.
charlie rated Kampa Park Restaurant like this: Food: 10, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 7
picture of U Bubenicku21 Jul 04 - charlie on U Bubenicku in Pubs (Czech)...
«Fairly hezky Cesky»
Not the best Czech pub experience in the world ever, and the gulas was nic moc, but it's a tankovna, so the beer's unpasteurised, which makes for a nice change.
charlie rated U Bubenicku like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
19 Jul 04 - charlie on Baretta in Food delivery...
«On time and damn fine»
When you're craving a more heavily topped pizza than is the norm in Prague, call Baretta! Pizza was superb, corn on the cob was wonderful.
charlie rated Baretta like this: Food: 9, Accuracy of order: 10, Speed of delivery: 9
picture of La Bodeguita del Medio16 Jul 04 - charlie on La Bodeguita del Medio in Bars...
«Truly a party place»
Fun times guaranteed, friendly staff and great mojitos.
charlie rated La Bodeguita del Medio like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 10
13 Jul 04 - charlie on Picante in Fast Food...
«Late night goodness»
You just can't beat a burrito at 4am!
charlie rated Picante like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Speed of service: 7
4 Jul 04 - charlie on Andel Gold Class in Cinemas...
«This is how films are meant to be watched»
Go on, treat yourself! Totally comfy, every seat the best seat in the house. Couldn't ask for more. Except maybe a 'service' button, like the button that summons a flight attendant on an airplane :)
charlie rated Andel Gold Class like this: Quality of service: 9, Quality of facilities: 9, Quality of picture and sound system: 9
picture of Ambiente Pasta Fresca2 Jul 04 - charlie on Ambiente Pasta Fresca in Restaurants...
«Wonderful fresh pasta»
The best pasta I've had in Prague by far. Ambiente just can't put a foot wrong!
charlie rated Ambiente Pasta Fresca like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Restaurace U Posty2 Jul 04 - charlie on Restaurace U Posty in Restaurants...
«No nonsense Ceske jidlo»
Honest to goodness Czech food served in a post office themed place (well, it is opposite a building that used to be a post office, hence the name).
charlie rated Restaurace U Posty like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Al Capone's24 Jun 04 - charlie on Al Capone's in Bars...
«Cramped and often crowded, for a reason»
This place is either very small, or too popular, but with good reason, the drinks are well made, the service was pretty quick given the quantity of customers on a busy Friday night when I was there last and the people are a good mix of locals, Czech and expat. Off the beaten tourist trail for sure.
charlie rated Al Capone's like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 9
24 Jun 04 - charlie on Hapu in Bars...
«Good drinks, very laid back atmosphere»
A very chilled out place indeed - kind of scruffy round the edges, in a nice, unstudied kind of way. Service is above average, and the cocktails are damn good.
charlie rated Hapu like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Stalin Monument22 Jun 04 - charlie on Stalin Monument in Sights...
«Well, it would have impressed me»
This thing was HUGE! It must have looked pretty damn imposing from the other side of the river, and in fact from anywhere with a view of Letna! The strangest thing is that there is nothing on the site to tell you it was there.
charlie rated Stalin Monument like this: Impressiveness: 9, Value for money: 0
picture of Astronomical Clock (Orloj)13 Jun 04 - charlie on Astronomical Clock (Orloj) in Sights...
«You've got to see it, but don't worry if you miss the hour»
This is one breathtakingly beautiful clock, and well worth staring at for ages. Just don't worry too much if you miss the hourly 'cuckoo' - it's not really worth waiting around for.
charlie rated Astronomical Clock (Orloj) like this: Impressiveness: 9, Value for money: 10
picture of Bernard12 Jun 04 - charlie on Bernard in Beers (Czech)...
«Worth tracking down»
Draught Bernard is a damn fine beer. From a small family owned brewery, you're unlikely to find it outside the Czech Republic, but it's worth tracking down whilst you're here. Searching this site for 'Bernard' should find you several places that serve it.
charlie rated Bernard like this: Quality/taste of beer: 10, Morning after feelings: 8, Value for money: 9
12 Jun 04 - charlie on UPC Chello in Broadband Access Providers...
«Much improved!»
Ever since we had our cable modem replaced, and the speed of our connection was doubled when UPC raised their game to compete with the ADSL providers, I've never been happier with my internet connection.
charlie rated UPC Chello like this: Uptime: 9, Quality of connection: 9, Quality of customer service: 9
11 Jun 04 - charlie on Rychlocistirna Jitka in Laundry...
«Speedy and efficient»
Quick service, good prices, all good.
charlie rated Rychlocistirna Jitka like this: Quality of service: 9, Value for money: 9
picture of Martinova Bouda Mountain Lodge6 Jun 04 - charlie on Martinova Bouda Mountain Lodge in Špindler?v Mlýn Ski Resort...
«Off the beaten track, and then some, but nice»
I (accidentally) booked myself and a couple of friends in here, and aside from the fact that it is 4km from the nearest road and accessible mainly by ski-doo, we had a great time, the staff were friendly, and the food big and hearty. Best if you're into cross-country skiing. The views are breathtaking, you're on top of a mountain damnit!
charlie rated Martinova Bouda Mountain Lodge like this: : 0
picture of Arena6 Jun 04 - charlie on Arena in Disco / Dance Clubs...
«A British lads haunt, not my cup of tea.»
If you're on holiday with a group of British lads in Prague, then you'd probably like this place. Unchallenging, fun music (pop, r&b, the odd bit of Robbie Williams, then the obligatory Grease medley, Madness etc etc. Men outnumber women here by at least four to one. Possibly something to do with the go-go dancers, hourly strip show or overly theatrical lesbi-show. Being charged 5Kc to use the toilet truly sucks (incidentally they don't charge you if you're Czech, bohuzel my accent wasn't convincing enough), and drinks are pretty expensive too. If you came to Prague to get away from large groups of British lads, this is definitely not the place to be. You pays your money (too much per drink in my opinion), you takes your choice...
charlie rated Arena like this: Quality of music: 5, Quality of facilities: 5, Good vibes: 5
picture of Palac Flora30 May 04 - charlie on Palac Flora in Shopping Malls...
«One for the girls»
OK, it's a fashion mall, but there's a distinct lack of shops selling men's clothes in this mall. All the guys get is shops with skater-dude type gear, and an esoteric hi-fi shop called watt and decibel.
charlie rated Palac Flora like this: : 0
picture of KFC28 May 04 - charlie on KFC in Fast Food...
«In case of hunger emergency»
OK so KFC is never going to win any prizes for for haute cuisine, and is downright unhealthy really, but late at night (this branch is open 24h a day) it sometimes seems like a good idea. Watch out for the piknik menu, they sneak zinger coated chicken in there amongst the colonel's classic unless you ask otherwise.
charlie rated KFC like this: Food: 5, Service: 8, Speed of service: 8
picture of Terezin15 May 04 - charlie on Terezin in Day Trips and Places to Visit...
«Thought provoking»
The ghetto museum gives you a human perspective on what happened to the Jews in this place, and across the parts of Europe under Nazi rule. There's a strange feel to the town of Terezin itself, like its heart has been ripped out. I definitely couldn't live there.
charlie rated Terezin like this: : 0
picture of PlanetDVD2 May 04 - charlie on PlanetDVD in DVD and Video Rental...
«A very smooth experience»
Joining was simple enough, you need a passport and something with a proof of address (I used a phone bill). The system is impressive - you can reserve online, or use the touch-screens in the shop. Unlike a traditional movie rental place, you don't browse shelves, you browse the website, much more sensible than umming and ahhing over what that last Al Pacino movie was called. You reserve, you give them your card, they give you the DVD. You can leave credit on your account to make things easier, or pay as you go. You can also requst SMS notification when a title is available to rent, or send you its status on a given day, you can then reserve the DVD just by replying to the SMS. In case you hadn't guessed, I'm seriously impressed. And all this for under 50Kc a rental? Use these guys, they're well worth it, the staff are friendly and it's a great way to catch up on all thise movies you wouldn't buy, but missed in the cinema.
charlie rated PlanetDVD like this: Range: 9, Value for money: 10, Convenience: 10
picture of Zvonarka14 Apr 04 - charlie on Zvonarka in Bars...
«Superb views, with added beer»
The terrace isn't quite a beer garden, but the view makes up for that, and there's a BBQ grill too. Best when you're not in a large amorphous group of foreigners, or if you are, check the bill carefully.
charlie rated Zvonarka like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Hotel Ibis4 Apr 04 - charlie on Hotel Ibis in Hotels...
«Dependable»
Staying at Ibis is the same the world over. Service is pretty impersonal, and there are probably better deals available on a quality/price basis, but you can be sure at least that your room will be comfortable and clean. No minibar btw!
charlie rated Hotel Ibis like this: Quality of accommodation: 7, Service: 7, Value for money: 6
20 Mar 04 - charlie on Jet Set in Bars...
«An international bright young things kind of place»
A big open space, funky decor, and movies running on the big white wall. An international bright young things kind of place if ever there was one. Huge bar in the centre of the room, bar stools and sofas. Drinks are so-so, service pretty good though. Would be crazy on a busy Friday or Saturday night. Very non-Prague, but kinda fun.
charlie rated Jet Set like this: Quality of Drinks: 7, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
3 Mar 04 - charlie on BangWok in Restaurants...
«Pretty good for mall food»
Fairly decent thai food at reasonable prices. A better option than McD's or KFC across the food court! The bad marks for service are for the waitress, on one visit taking my order for phad thai and asking the kitchen for something completely different. She apologised and offered to get the phad thai, or cancel it from the bill though. Atmosphere-wise, the in-restaurant seating isn't bad, the seating in the food court has all the ambience of a doctor's waiting room, it's a shopping mall.
charlie rated BangWok like this: Food: 7, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 6
picture of U Pinkasu1 Mar 04 - charlie on U Pinkasu in Restaurants...
«Good Czech grub»
Tucked away in Jungmannovo Namesti, just behind the huge Bat'a on Wenceslas Square, this a great place to take friends who want to sample some traditional Czech food. Service was a little slow, but the place was full, and the one waiter fetching food and beers was rushed off his feet. Tip: go for the duck!
charlie rated U Pinkasu like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Vinarna V Zatisi3 Feb 04 - charlie on Vinarna V Zatisi in Restaurants...
«Haute cuisine for the well heeled.»
Quite possibly the poshest restaurant I've been to in Prague. The food is definitely very good and the staff are perfectly attentive.
charlie rated Vinarna V Zatisi like this: Food: 9, Service: 10, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Mozaika26 Jan 04 - charlie on Mozaika in Restaurants...
«Spinach lovers of the world unite!»
There's a definite spinach theme to the menu here, like the spinach burger buns that house possibly the best burger in Prague. If you make it to dessert, you've got to try the Baileys cheesecake!
charlie rated Mozaika like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Cerna Kocka Bily Kocour25 Jan 04 - charlie on Cerna Kocka Bily Kocour in Bars...
«Good for late(ish) eats and cocktails»
Interesting/eclectic menu and a pretty good cocktail list make this often quiet place well worth a visit for a small gathering - should be busier.
charlie rated Cerna Kocka Bily Kocour like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 7
23 Jan 04 - charlie on Roxy in Disco / Dance Clubs...
«Grungy but good»
Best on 'Free Monday' though a little over crowded.
charlie rated Roxy like this: Quality of music: 7, Quality of facilities: 6, Good vibes: 9
20 Jan 04 - charlie on Tiscali Maps (online) in Maps...
«Learn a few words of Czech first...»
I like the Tiscali map site, but I know enough Czech to use it properly. You can make most of it out through seeing teh contents of the menus. fyi ulice = street, objekt = building, najdi = find!
charlie rated Tiscali Maps (online) like this: Quality of map: 9, Quality of detail: 9, How useful?: 8
picture of Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro17 Jan 04 - charlie on Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro in Restaurants...
«Go hungry, leave very very full»
With such variety and quality of food it's impossible to be bored, and very dangerous for your weight when they keep bringing over superb cuts of meat, chicken legs, shrimp and even grilled pineapple. The sushi's not bad either
charlie rated Ambiente Restaurante Brasileiro like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Zlata Hvezda (Golden Star)15 Jan 04 - charlie on Zlata Hvezda (Golden Star) in Bars...
«Plenty screens, but book for the big games.»
The best of Prague's Sports bars for its general size and reasonably priced beer - half the price of some places. Plenty of screens and a number of rooms mean it is good for multiple simultaneous events too. Service can be patchy, but speaking a bit of Czech goes a long way to rectifying that. They have Sky Sports so you can be sure of catching most English premiership and fa cup games.
charlie rated Zlata Hvezda (Golden Star) like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Kava Kava Kava8 Jan 04 - charlie on Kava Kava Kava in Cafés...
«Get away from the madding crowds»
Very popular coffee spot away from the bustle of Narodni. The coffee and cakes are tops, staff are very friendly. They now do coffee to go too.
charlie rated Kava Kava Kava like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Tiger Tiger2 Jan 04 - charlie on Tiger Tiger in Restaurants...
«Much improved»
From a slightly stumbling start (difffident service, incorrect dishes coming from the kitchen, chicken phad thai inexplicably absent from the early menu) Tiger Tiger is much improved. The menu is wider, the food better (apart from the Som Tham, which should be avoided) and the service appreciably superior. The atmosphere is still very non-Thai, but the food makes up for that. Their takeaway and delivery services are handy too.
charlie rated Tiger Tiger like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 7
27 Dec 03 - charlie on Profi Taxi in Taxis and Radio Cars...
«Speedy service»
Recently Taxi AAA have been getting much worse at answering the phone - maybe they're too busy, maybe they have too many customers. My reflex now is to call Profi because they tend to be more responsive - you don't want to hold for five minutes on your mobile.
charlie rated Profi Taxi like this: Quality of service: 8, Promptness: 9, Value for money: 9
14 Dec 03 - charlie on Palac Akropolis in Restaurants...
«Informal, good for pre-club eats»
Can be tricky to get a table on a Friday/Saturday night. The atmosphere is very informal - it's more pub with food than restaurant, but they call it a restaurant... The kitchen is open till around midnight, and food is hearty and tasty.
charlie rated Palac Akropolis like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Planet Sports10 Dec 03 - charlie on Planet Sports in Bars...
«Much better than expected»
For some reasons I had low expectations of this place but I was proved to be wrong - the service was friendly, the place has a good buzz, and the trademark Planetburgers were great.
charlie rated Planet Sports like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of CEDAZ Shuttle bus from/to the Prague Airport3 Dec 03 - charlie on CEDAZ Shuttle bus from/to the Prague Airport in From the Airport...
«Cheaper than a cab, but can take longer»
A cheap way of getting a bunch of you to the centre. May take a little longer than a cab if you're sharing with other groups, but the fixed price is hard to beat
charlie rated CEDAZ Shuttle bus from/to the Prague Airport like this: : 0
picture of Bus and Metro3 Dec 03 - charlie on Bus and Metro in From the Airport...
«Regular, reliable and cheap»
Regular and reliable, and 12Kc to get you into town is hard to beat in terms of price.
charlie rated Bus and Metro like this: : 0
picture of Food Taxi11 Nov 03 - charlie on Food Taxi in Food delivery...
«Functionally fine but website needs attention»
Placing an order online with food taxi could be made easier - it's more straightforward to order online, if you speak Czech or get lucky with someone on the end of the phone who speaks English. The website is a little clunky, you have to write your order into a text box, and when you click "order" it sends the order using your mail client. That aside, they call to confirm your order a few minutes later, and then your order arrives, accurate, in a surprisingly short time.
charlie rated Food Taxi like this: Food: 8, Accuracy of order: 10, Speed of delivery: 9
picture of Zaket 1:25000 Prague Map29 Oct 03 - charlie on Zaket 1:25000 Prague Map in Maps...
«My map of choice»
The Zaket maps are always the most up-to-date, revised at least once a year it seems (the tram routes do change you know!). Easy to read, and the blow up of the centre on the reverse side is very useful. You can pick these up in most newsagent type places all over town for under 50Kc. Accept to imitations (especially not the one with the bright yellow cover!).
charlie rated Zaket 1:25000 Prague Map like this: Quality of map: 9, Quality of detail: 9, How useful?: 9
25 Oct 03 - charlie on Paneria in Bake Shops...
«Superb for panini, croissants and muffins»
The panini are tasty and the croissants were superb, even a day later (pop them in the oven for 5 minutes) and now muffins too. What would we do without paneria? Long may they continue to open new outlets all over the country!
charlie rated Paneria like this: Food: 9, Service: 9
picture of AC Sparta Prague (Football)8 Sep 03 - charlie on AC Sparta Prague (Football) in History...
«Ticket buying made difficult»
Unbelievably inefficient ticket sales operation. For the Champion's League games tickets went on sale, at one window, at 9am. There's a queue round the block, a woman at another window doing nothing. Four hours to get a ticket, as they took an hour for lunch too. You can reserve a ticket by phone, post or email, but you actually have to turn up to buy the tickets.
charlie rated AC Sparta Prague (Football) like this: : 0
picture of Fernet Stock26 Aug 03 - charlie on Fernet Stock in Czech and Moravian Alcohol...
«Hangover alert!»
The citrus version is pretty good with tonic as a homemade alcopop kind of drink but you'll feel it in the morning!
charlie rated Fernet Stock like this: Quality/taste of alcohol: 7, Morning after feelings: 4, Value for money: 8
picture of Metropole Zli?ín20 Aug 03 - charlie on Metropole Zli?ín in Shopping Malls...
«Good if you like having the place to yourself»
Somewhat out of the way, Metropole Zlicin is the most ghost-town like mall I've ever seen. It lacks anything particularly special to pull you in - you can find all the same shops in the malls nearer the centre.
charlie rated Metropole Zli?ín like this: : 0
19 Aug 03 - charlie on T-Mobile Twist in Pay As You Go SIMs...
«Strong signal, could be cheaper»
Not as cheap as Oskar, but coverage is better, and more user-friendly than the others (Eurotel lock your phonebook when you have zero credit on your account! Plus you have to wait several hours to regain access). International roaming is automatically enabled too. The Navigator function is cool too.
charlie rated T-Mobile Twist like this: Quality of network coverage: 9, Service: 8, Value for money: 7
19 Aug 03 - charlie on Hostivar in Sports / Fitness Centres and Gyms...
«Be by the seaside, in Prague.»
Cheap and cheerful fake beach on the edge of a lake. The waterslide is 5Kc a go, and faster than the Podoli slide. The landing area is dicey to say the least - you're dropped in the shallows. The water is pretty murky though. Not the best, but hey it's a lake. The Bugsy's Beach Bar makes up for it though.
charlie rated Hostivar like this: Quality of facilities: 6, Friendliness: 7, Value for money: 9
picture of IDOS - Train and Bus Timetable19 Aug 03 - charlie on IDOS - Train and Bus Timetable in Trains...
«Eminently useful»
Quick and easy to use, so much better than the UK equivalent (and it covers buses too). Gives prices were possible also.-
29 Jul 03 - charlie on Cinema City Flora in Cinemas...
«Standard multiplex, refreshments overpriced»
All in all pretty good, but watch out for the refreshments pricing. A half litre bottle of water (12Kc from your average tabak) will set you back 40Kc here. That's just plain rude. Visit the Albert supermarket on level one of the mall before visiting the cinema!
charlie rated Cinema City Flora like this: Quality of service: 8, Quality of facilities: 8, Quality of picture and sound system: 9
28 Jul 03 - charlie on La Bodega Flamenca in Restaurants...
«Cute Tapas place»
The sangria was great, as was the random selection of tapas we ordered between 8 really hit the spot. Not a bite was wasted. The bill came as a pleasant surprise too. You order at the bar, then the food/drinks are brought to your table, even if you're sitting outside at street level (the rest of the place is in the cellar/basement)
charlie rated La Bodega Flamenca like this: Food: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Charleston22 Jun 03 - charlie on Charleston in Restaurants...
«Tardis-like great value eatery»
The menu gives plenty of choice, and is pretty eclectic. It's certainly popular with the locals. The choice of outdoor, indoor in the cosy upper seating area or below ground in the expansive cellar area with live piano player give this place plenty of different ambiences. A real find.
charlie rated Charleston like this: Food: 8, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 8
14 May 03 - charlie on Kart Arena in Fun Stuff...
«Vroom vroom!»
Love it! Would be great fun place to hire out for a boy's night out. The turn up and drive thing is great though. Just roll along, pay your 200Kc each for 8 minutes, put on a skid lid and go race. No dull safety demonstration or nonsense like at places like Daytona in the UK. The poor mark for vfm is because beers in the adjacent bar are rather expensive (80Kc for a 33cl bottle of Urquell, but I suppose it is part of a big hotel). Other than that: Loved it!
charlie rated Kart Arena like this: Organisation: 9, Friendliness: 8, Value for money: 7
picture of Podoli8 May 03 - charlie on Podoli in Sports / Fitness Centres and Gyms...
«Fun in the sun!»
Quirkily commie in design - and the less than glossy changing rooms bear testament to it's roots, but the pool facilities are great, the water slide fun, and unlike similar places in the US or the UK, the lifeguards are there just for emergencies, not to spoil your fun - I saw kids jumping off a diving board one after the other, practically on top of each other, and the lifeguards didn't bat an eyelid. Oh to live in a city that's not afraid to let people hurt themselves!
charlie rated Podoli like this: Quality of facilities: 8, Friendliness: 8, Value for money: 9
4 May 03 - charlie on Tesco in Grocery and Drink Delivery...
«Better than carrying it home yourself»
A bit different from other grocery delivery services - you do the shopping yourself, pay for it at a specific checkout, pay the delivery fee, then it's put in boxes which are sealed in front of you, then they're opened at your house (exactly) two hours later. Only 8/10 for value because you have to pay for delivery, but Carrefour can be much cheaper for some things, so it balances out. One word of warning, they don't take away empty beer bottles and crates like z-market do.
charlie rated Tesco like this: Value for money: 8, Order Accuracy: 10, Speed of Delivery: 10
picture of U Sadlu II25 Apr 03 - charlie on U Sadlu II in Restaurants...
«Get medieval on some food!»
Feast on deer, veal and other less usual meats whilst you bathe in the medieval atmosphere. There were a group of old Czechs celebrating something on a table near us and singing rowdy songs. They loved the place. Maybe you will too. Service could do with being a touch snappier, but it's laid back rather than deliberately slow. Food was suitably large and very good.
charlie rated U Sadlu II like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Olma Dobre Cerstve Mleko22 Apr 03 - charlie on Olma Dobre Cerstve Mleko in Food brands...
«Careful now...»
The name means 'good fresh milk' - the reality is that it tends to go off a little prematurely. Always reduce the best before date by two days and you "should" be alright. Other than that, it's pretty standard milk really.
charlie rated Olma Dobre Cerstve Mleko like this: Food: 7, Packaging: 7, Environmental policy: 0
picture of Hergetova Cihelna5 Apr 03 - charlie on Hergetova Cihelna in Restaurants...
«First class dining at business class prices»
All my party's dishes looked great, but portion size needs looking at - expect to be able to manage a full three courses, even if you're not that hungry. That said, the food is excellent, and the service is right on the button. Worth the occasional trip there as a special treat, great for impressing visitors and dates, or for business. The terrace is great in daytime, and the chocolate milkshake is to kill for.
charlie rated Hergetova Cihelna like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
3 Apr 03 - charlie on Mailsi in Restaurants...
«Cool retro curry house chic»
Not the best curry in Prague, but the surroundings will certainly feel authentic to the (english) veteran of a midnight friday vindaloo binge. It felt strange having curry at the wrong end of the night though - they're not open that late.
charlie rated Mailsi like this: Food: 7, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 9
31 Mar 03 - charlie on Pizza West in Food delivery...
«Mam rad Pizza West»
I love these guys. one... they're fast, two, you can call them after midnnight and they'll still deliver, and three... those honey chicken wings are to die for!
charlie rated Pizza West like this: Food: 7, Accuracy of order: 10, Speed of delivery: 10
picture of Amigos (formerly Kojak's)10 Mar 03 - charlie on Amigos (formerly Kojak's) in Food delivery...
«Speedy, tasty, friendly»
OK, so the speed (indecent haste!) of delivery is probably because I'm a short walk from the restaurant. However the food's great and plentiful, and they've never once delivered the wrong thing. Plus they're very friendly too.
charlie rated Amigos (formerly Kojak's) like this: Food: 9, Accuracy of order: 10, Speed of delivery: 10
picture of Radava SC7 Mar 03 - charlie on Radava SC in Games...
«smallish friendly bowling alley»
With just six lanes on each of two floors, it's not like the mega-alleys most Americans and Brits are used to (but that's not a bad thing!). The lane service is a plus and the equipment is in perfect nick. It's also not too costly, a couple of hours of bowling late afternoon came in at under 600Kc. Will be going again. If you want to bowl any time after 4pm, better book ahead though!
charlie rated Radava SC like this: Quality of equipment: 9, Value for money: 9, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Corleone II5 Mar 03 - charlie on Corleone II in Restaurants...
«The Don!»
I was sceptical - the styling was too slick for my liking, the menus they leafleted the neighbourhood with to annouce their opening were just too well printed. My scepticism was misplaced. The service is great, they've done on a good job renovating what was a pizza place already, the winter garden is real nice, and service is quick and friendly. And the food's great too! Plus the servings were enormous. Honestly the best pizza I've had in Prague so far.
charlie rated Corleone II like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
16 Feb 03 - charlie on Pravek in Restaurants...
«Bring big hunger!»
Cavemen certainly ate well if this place is anything to go by. Enormous portions of tasty food (all kinds of meat - from regular steaks, poultry through game and wild boar) combined with good service and that fantastic cavelike interior make Pravek a must visit place.
charlie rated Pravek like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
picture of U Medvidku23 Jan 03 - charlie on U Medvidku in Pubs (Czech)...
«Best Budvar Bar None»
Excellent beer - I don't think I've ever had better budvar - the lighting is a little intrusive. This isn't a date venue by any stretch of the imagination, but it's good when there's a bunch of you. When you want a beer, don't expect them to come asking, they're too busy for that; you need to really attract their attention.
charlie rated U Medvidku like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Buffalo Bill's Bar & Grille20 Jan 03 - charlie on Buffalo Bill's Bar & Grille in Restaurants...
«Tex Mex to the max»
I don't eat there regularly because of it's proximity to the centre and the fact that Czech is a foreign language there, plus it can be a bit pricey. It is however damn good at what it does - Tex Mex to the max. And if you're English: it beats the pants off Old Orleans and Chiquitos, for around half the price - value is relative. If you're a hungry tourist, go see Bill.
charlie rated Buffalo Bill's Bar & Grille like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
2 Jan 03 - charlie on Bugsy's in Bars...
«cocktails first, questions later»
The service is prompt, and the drinbks very well made, and the prices surprisingly reasonable considering the style of the place. Something of an eighties throwback vibe. Some people complain that the clientele is of the price-tag still on jacket nouveau riche variety, but I think they're just being snobbish. Want cocktails? Want to pay less than you would at Tretters? Hit Bugsy's!
charlie rated Bugsy's like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 8
2 Jan 03 - charlie on Batalion in Bars...
«Drink the night away»
This round the clock drinking establishment at the foot of Vaclavak can sometimes seem a bit rowdy. I'm only giving it 6 for atmosphere, but it was 6 in the morning last time I popped in for a swift Gambrinus on my way home, and it wasn't exactly jumpin'
charlie rated Batalion like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 6
picture of Dobra Trafika30 Dec 02 - charlie on Dobra Trafika in Cafés...
«It's good, it's a trafika and much more...»
Up front it's a Trafika with a fascinatingly wide range of periodicals, smoker's stuff and alcohol. It's also an institution. There's an eclectic range of wares (wine, ceramics, t-shirts, books...) in the rest of the front, surrounding two small tables, plus the back room and summer garden make up one of my fave places for a good coffee. Marvel at the variety of beans you can specify, select from the concise but well though out menu of snacks and cakes, just don't expect anything immediately - the (friendly) service suits the laid back atmosphere.
charlie rated Dobra Trafika like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 9
7 Dec 02 - charlie on Pivnice u Sadu in Pubs (Czech)...
«Great in summer»
Great in summer, when you can sit outside in the quiet square (circle) and drink the night away in the shadow of the TV Tower while the harried staff bring you fresh beers. A little crowded indoors, so go early if you want a guaranteed table. The bar food is pretty good too.
charlie rated Pivnice u Sadu like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Cream & Dream24 Oct 02 - charlie on Cream & Dream in Cafés...
«Who needs Haagen Dazs»
The best ice cream I've found in Prague. Made with love and served with a smile. Real fruit pieces are used in all the fruit varieties. The loyalty card is a dangerous temptation!
charlie rated Cream & Dream like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
13 Oct 02 - charlie on Denis D'Or 1999 in Czech and Moravian wines...
«Excellent wine, great value»
I bought a couple of bottles on the strength of the positive comments I read here. I must concur - this is an excellent wine. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir is a rare mixture, but really works. It's a very dry red, so if that's your thing, get some in - it's great value too.
charlie rated Denis D'Or 1999 like this: Quality/taste of wine: 8, Morning after feelings: 8, Value for money: 9
9 Oct 02 - charlie on Cinema City Novy Smichov in Cinemas...
«What else do you want from a cinema?»
Lots of screens, and all the blockbusters. Normal multiplex stuff. The box office staff speak English, so nothing to be afraid of there, the seats are comfy and the screen and sound are very good. Cheaper than their Slovansky Dum cinema too.
charlie rated Cinema City Novy Smichov like this: Quality of service: 9, Quality of facilities: 9, Quality of picture and sound system: 9
picture of Cafe Baretta30 Sep 02 - charlie on Cafe Baretta in Cafés...
«Chilled out coffee heaven - Starbucks it ain't!»
I love this place - it's tiny but not cramped, music is unobtrusive and calm (no Radio Kiss or whatever), the lattŽs are super and the honey cake is an object of lust. It's not my local, but it doesn't take long to get to Nam. Bratri Synku by tram from the centre.
charlie rated Cafe Baretta like this: Quality of Drinks/Food: 8, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
24 Sep 02 - charlie on Maly Buddha in Restaurants...
«Not to be missed»
Everything about Maly Buddha is great, the food was just so - try the crab spring rolls! My only complaint with the menu is that there isn't a distinct starters section - everything apart from soup and desserts are in with the main dishes, but the kitchen is very flexible. Very good service and pleasant surroundings rounded off an excellent late lunch.
charlie rated Maly Buddha like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
picture of HIT Fitness Flora19 Sep 02 - charlie on HIT Fitness Flora in Sports / Fitness Centres and Gyms...
«Good all-round»
All-round high quality fitness centre, squash courts well lit, though the floors aren't wood, and well specced gym area.
charlie rated HIT Fitness Flora like this: Quality of facilities: 8, Friendliness: 8, Value for money: 8
picture of Radost FX17 Sep 02 - charlie on Radost FX in Bars...
«Great drinks, massive muffins, cool vibes»
Radost FX Lounge (straight ahead of you when you walk in) is a great place to chill out with friends. The music is cool and unobtrusive - you can hold a conversation without raising your voice. The coffees and hot chocolates are great for rounding off a night out and the giant muffins are to die for - home-made and really huge (don't try and move for at least half an hour after).
charlie rated Radost FX like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Castle Terrace / Wall Gardens15 Sep 02 - charlie on Castle Terrace / Wall Gardens in Sights...
«Beautiful gardens, wonderful views»
Beautiful gardens, though a bit of a climb if you're entering from the bottom, and wonderful views of the city.
charlie rated Castle Terrace / Wall Gardens like this: Impressiveness: 8, Value for money: 7
picture of Czech Airlines11 Sep 02 - charlie on Czech Airlines in Flights...
«The best airline to fly to Prague»
Aside from Virgin, CSa are the best airline I've ever flown. Prices are keen - somewhere between Go and BA usually, except you get a full service, and even travelling economy you are treated very well. Service is faultless, leg room better than Go, duty free prices lower and the range wider. It really doesn't get better.
charlie rated Czech Airlines like this: : 0
picture of Petrin Observation Tower (Rozhledna)8 Sep 02 - charlie on Petrin Observation Tower (Rozhledna) in Sights...
«Well worth the climb»
About half way up you'll be wishing you could use the lift (which if offered at the bottom you'd definitely have passed on based on looks alone). Your effort is rewarded with magnificent views of the city, and a sense of accomplishment too.
charlie rated Petrin Observation Tower (Rozhledna) like this: Impressiveness: 9, Value for money: 9
picture of Andel - Novy Smichov8 Sep 02 - charlie on Andel - Novy Smichov in Shopping Malls...
«Great for mallrats»
If you're fed up of all the shops in your neighbourhood closing at lunchtime on Saturday and not opening again till Monday, then Novy Smichov is exactly what you need; a mega-mall that's open till late every day. If you came to Prague to get away from the mallrats, then stay well away.
charlie rated Andel - Novy Smichov like this: : 0
5 Sep 02 - charlie on Letiste Ruzyne (Prague Airport) in Flights...
«If only all airports were this good»
Ruzyne is a joy to fly into and out of. Coming in you'll notice you don't spend ages circling the airport, next you'll find that the airport os bright and airy, there's usually a relative absence of queues at passport control (consider for a second the queue that awaits non EC passport holders at Heathrow, or non US citizens at JFK), then you'll experience one of the shortest ever waits for your baggage to come off the carousel. If only I could take off and land somewhere as good as Ruzyne whenever I have to go somewhere!
charlie rated Letiste Ruzyne (Prague Airport) like this: : 0
picture of Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)5 Sep 02 - charlie on Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) in Sights...
«Best served empty»
A trip to Prague wouldn't be complete without a wander across Charles Bridge, but do yourself a favour and visit when it's empty - (very) late at night, or really early in the morning. It's so much better without the street vendors and buskers, and masses of tourists.
charlie rated Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) like this: Impressiveness: 10, Value for money: 10
picture of National Technical Museum4 Sep 02 - charlie on National Technical Museum in Museums...
«Lots of stuff, but not captivating»
The museum is stuffed to the gills with exhibits - the transport hall boasts several steam trains and tens of cars, the camera section has hundreds of cameras, but the museum is little more than a collection. If you've ever visited London's Science Museum, and are comparing it to that, you'd be very disappointed. It really needs more in the way of 'how things work' than 'here is a pile of stuff'. They should sacrifice some of the sheer quantity and instead put in more explanatory exhibits.
charlie rated National Technical Museum like this: Impressiveness: 7, Quality of facilities: 6, Value for money: 8
picture of Hair by Mark Phillip28 Aug 02 - charlie on Hair by Mark Phillip in Hairdressers...
«Get cut with confidence»
Friendly English speaking staff, in addition to Mark Phillip himself, mean you can easily communicate how you want your hair cut. Prices are keen, and Mark's prices (higher than his regular stylists) are still very reasonable.
charlie rated Hair by Mark Phillip like this: Range of facilities: 9, Quality of facilities: 9, Friendliness: 9
picture of Pilsner Urquell27 Aug 02 - charlie on Pilsner Urquell in Beers (Czech)...
«The world's best»
The cleanest and finest beer in the world. Goes down beautifully, and has never given me a hangover. Everything else is a pretender to the throne,
charlie rated Pilsner Urquell like this: Quality/taste of beer: 10, Morning after feelings: 10, Value for money: 10
27 Aug 02 - charlie on Kralovske Vinohrady Squash in Sports / Fitness Centres and Gyms...
«Convenient but hidden»
Convenient place to play squash, and a handy one to know if your usual courts are all booked up. It's hidden away in the basement of an apartment building, and has just two courts. They could do with some netting between them - there's a gap that guarantees you have retrieve your ball from the next-door court at least twice per game.
charlie rated Kralovske Vinohrady Squash like this: Quality of facilities: 7, Friendliness: 8, Value for money: 8
18 Aug 02 - charlie on Buon Giorno Pizzeria in Restaurants...
«Good pizza and pasta with delivery too»
Good any time of the day for a well made, tasty, pizza or pasta - some of the best in Praha, and definitely the best in that part of Vinohrady/Zizkov. Delivery available too, so it makes a great working lunch.
charlie rated Buon Giorno Pizzeria like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
picture of Club Baang!11 Aug 02 - charlie on Club Baang! in Restaurants...
«Great ambience, and even better food»
Great ambience, and even better food. The decor is cool without being intimidating, the staff friendly and attentive, and the food is to die for. If you're English and been looking for somewhere serving real 'Modern European' - you've found it.
charlie rated Club Baang! like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Tretter's New York Bar8 Aug 02 - charlie on Tretter's New York Bar in Bars...
«Excellent cocktails, pretty staff»
A little upmarket (cocktails here are more expensive than Bugsy's!) but they are excellent and the beautiful staff definitely lift your mood.
charlie rated Tretter's New York Bar like this: Quality of Drinks: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Robertson Quality Meats & International Delicatessen21 Jul 02 - charlie on Robertson Quality Meats & International Delicatessen in Speciality food shops...
«Perfect. What more could you ask?»
Really tasty bacon, superb, meaty sausages. At least as good as premium bacon and sausages you'd buy in England , and hand-delivered to your home or work. What more could you ask?
charlie rated Robertson Quality Meats & International Delicatessen like this: Range: 8, Quality of goods: 9, Value for money: 10
19 Jul 02 - charlie on Tesco Home Delivery in Grocery and Drink Delivery...
«Good VFM and better than doing it yourself»
Good VFM (normal supermarket prices), delivery was within the specified timeframe, but they missed one unimportant item from the original order - though they didn't charge for it, so can't complain too much. Probably better accuracy than I'd have achieved though, and having someone bring the shopping up to the third floor definitely makes up for it.
charlie rated Tesco Home Delivery like this: Value for money: 8, Order Accuracy: 7, Speed of Delivery: 8
picture of Baretta19 Jul 02 - charlie on Baretta in Restaurants...
«Interesting and different»
Very bizarre native American theme, and the pizzas are definitely not like what mamma used to make - they're a little thicker-based than most you 'll find in Prague, and carry quite a lot more cheese. If you fancy something different, give Baretta a try.
charlie rated Baretta like this: Food: 7, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
19 Jul 02 - charlie on Legends in Bars...
«Wrong in so many ways»
If you're after somewhere that's full of your compatriots, with nary a Czech in site save for the staff, to watch the big game, Legends is the place for you. If you want beer at normal Prague prices, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. At 40Kc for a .4l Staropramen (yes, they really do serve them in .4l glasses!) I certainly won't be making a habit of it.
charlie rated Legends like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 4, Atmosphere: 6
picture of Express18 Jul 02 - charlie on Express in Fast Food...
«Snappy service, nice subs»
Snappy friendly service and better than average subs make this a great place to grab a quick bite if you're in the area. I wouldn't travel to it, but as a local lunch spot, it's hard to beat.
charlie rated Express like this: Food: 7, Service: 8, Speed of service: 9
picture of Pizzeria di Carlo16 Jul 02 - charlie on Pizzeria di Carlo in Restaurants...
«Pasta beyond compare»
Nice garden setting with little lanterns dotted around. Neatly tucked away from the madding crowds of Karlovo Namesti, and populated mainly by Czechs, this is not a tourist hangout. The pasta is as good as you'll find anywhere - al dente every time, it's a shame the beef carpaccio was only good, not great, so 8 for food.
charlie rated Pizzeria di Carlo like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Osmicka16 Jul 02 - charlie on Osmicka in Restaurants...
«Large portions and good prices»
Good hearty Czech and some international meals. The ribs have to be seen to be believed - don't order them if you're with your girlfriend unless you want her to see the animal side of your personality. Large portions and good prices mean Osmicka is worth a regular visit.
charlie rated Osmicka like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Ambiente The Living Restaurant16 Jul 02 - charlie on Ambiente The Living Restaurant in Restaurants...
«It's all good»
A little pricey for the type of food, but not by much, and certainly more worth a visit than Buffalo Bill's - the service is way better and the food is tops.
charlie rated Ambiente The Living Restaurant like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
16 Jul 02 - charlie on Pancor Rock Cafe in Bars...
«Very smoky, very Czech, but not a bad place»
It can get pretty smoky down in the basement - make no mistake this is pretty much a pure Czech hangout. A bit of Czech goes a long way - the staff are much friendlier if you make the effort, and they don't speak much English. Most nights it's advisable to book a table if you want to sit upstairs, and even downstairs if there's a major sporting event on.
charlie rated Pancor Rock Cafe like this: Quality of Drinks: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 6
14 Jul 02 - charlie on Expedia.co.uk in Flights...
«I use them all the time»
I've booked about ten flights through Expedia over the past year and every time absolutely nothing has gone wrong - tickets always arrive correct and promptly, plus their online booking system is excellent makes things much easier for booking repeat trips, or with multiple passengers etc.-
13 Jul 02 - charlie on Orange Moon in Restaurants...
«Good vibes, great food»
Good vibes, slightly slapdash service (improved when a few words of Czech thrown into the mix) but that could just have been because they were busy. Went with an friend from the UK who'd travelled a lot since Thailand and ever since returning to England had been searching for the perfect Pad Thai - he said Orange Moon's was the best he's had since Thailand, and he's eaten in a lot of Thai places. The sates are unmissable too. Stick to the Thai dishes and you won't go far wrong.
charlie rated Orange Moon like this: Food: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Venezia13 Jul 02 - charlie on Venezia in Restaurants...
«Classy Italian in every sense»
The interior is fascinating, the service very good, and though I only had a starter, that was excellent - the carpaccio of beef was divine, presented superbly, and topped with freshly shaved parmesan. Gotta go back for a full meal when it's not so hot! The strange thing was they weren't at all busy on a Friday night at 9:00. More people should try this place! The wine list is pretty good - the half litre of Montepulciano at 150 crowns is great value, and was served just right.
charlie rated Venezia like this: Food: 9, Service: 9, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Rudy Baron13 Jul 02 - charlie on Rudy Baron in Restaurants...
«Faultless, and not too pricey»
The Red Baron theme is an interesting choice, but somehow it works. More of a small group place to dine than Ambiente's Living Restaurant on Manesova, and a quite different menu. Try it, you'll like it. Not the cheapest eats in town, but you definitely get what you pay for.
charlie rated Rudy Baron like this: Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Cinema City Slovansky Dum13 Jul 02 - charlie on Cinema City Slovansky Dum in Cinemas...
«As good as a multiplex gets»
As good as a multiplex gets - better than most in the UK in fact. My only gripe is the booking system - they don't take credit card bookings, and you can't book online, it has to be done by phone.
charlie rated Cinema City Slovansky Dum like this: Quality of service: 8, Quality of facilities: 9, Quality of picture and sound system: 9
picture of Karlovy Lazne12 Jul 02 - charlie on Karlovy Lazne in Disco / Dance Clubs...
«Don't take it seriously and you'll have fun»
Fairly touristy crowd on Friday and Saturday nights, mainly down to it's location not far from Old Town Square and by Charles Bridge, but if you're looking for a good varierty of sounds, from R&B to Euro-techno and house, then the plethora of floors here offer a huge amount of choice. The best advice for ths place is leave your serious head at the cloakroom, and get down and dance.
charlie rated Karlovy Lazne like this: Quality of music: 8, Quality of facilities: 6, Good vibes: 6
picture of Public Transport Museum12 Jul 02 - charlie on Public Transport Museum in Museums...
«If you like trams, you'll love this...»
If you're at all interested in public transportation, then this place is a must-see. Be aware though that all the exhibit information is in Czech. Great value for 25Kc entry fee too. The historic tram ride is well worth a trip too, but get on the rear carriage - much smoother.
charlie rated Public Transport Museum like this: Impressiveness: 8, Quality of facilities: 7, Value for money: 9
3 Jul 02 - charlie on Prague Bed & Breakfast Association in Accommodation Agencies...
«Good accommodation at a good cheap price»
All communication was by email, in pretty good English. The accommodation was way better than I'd hoped - very clean and comfortable, and the prices very reasonable - I've used these guys on two separate occasions, and don't hesitate to recommend them to others.
charlie rated Prague Bed & Breakfast Association like this: Quality of service: 8, Quality of information: 8, Value for money: 8
picture of TV Tower Praha2 Jul 02 - charlie on TV Tower Praha in Viewpoints...
«Spectacular birds eye views»
The views from the viewing gallery (the cabins below the ones with whited out windows) are spectacular - you can see the whole of Prague. The surprising thing is that it's more of a birds eye view than a skyline - the tower is pretty tall, and is on top of a hill.
charlie rated TV Tower Praha like this: Impressiveness: 8, Value for money: 7
picture of Park Cafe1 Jul 02 - charlie on Park Cafe in Bars...
«Chill when it's hot»
Chilled place to while away a hot summers afternoon.
charlie rated Park Cafe like this: Quality of Drinks: 7, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8
picture of AAA Radiotaxi30 Jun 02 - charlie on AAA Radiotaxi in Taxis and Radio Cars...
«If only all cab companies in the world were this good!»
Always on time, with courteous drivers and helpful telephone dispatchers - if you've used them before they greet you with the name you used before, and if calling from a landline they know where you need a cab from - now that's service. Always excellent value - these guys won't cheat you out of a single crown, no fourth pedal in their cars!
charlie rated AAA Radiotaxi like this: Quality of service: 10, Promptness: 9, Value for money: 9
picture of Maxima Reality30 Jun 02 - charlie on Maxima Reality in Real Estate Agencies...
«Friendly, professional and efficient.»
They opened on a Saturday just for us so we could sort out our rental agreement. Of course they make a lot of money out of a rental deal - they weren't doing it out of the goodness of their hearts - but it saved us staying an extra couple of days in hotels, and we certainly didn't expect it, especially given our experience of UK lettings agencies. Communication was excellent throughout, and the standard of English spoken was good enough to feel comfortable having them arrange everything.
charlie rated Maxima Reality like this: Quality of properties: 8, Service: 8, Efficiency and communication: 9
picture of Trattoria Roca28 Jun 02 - charlie on Trattoria Roca in Restaurants...
«Not outstanding, but consistently good»
Convenient neighbourhood restaurant that always pleases - not exactly a culinary adventure, but if you an urge for an Italian style steak, it takes some beating.
charlie rated Trattoria Roca like this: Food: 7, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 6
27 Jun 02 - charlie on Horoskop Pizzeria in Restaurants...
«Not the best in town!»
Definitely not the best pizza in town, but stays open quite late for takeaway business.
charlie rated Horoskop Pizzeria like this: Food: 3, Service: 4, Atmosphere: 3
27 Jun 02 - charlie on Ztraty & Nalezy in Restaurants...
«Great food in a nice setting»
Comfortable place to relax and take your time over your meal - faultless food, and excellent service. Last time I was there there was renovation work going on to the building above, but they had a defiant 'We are open' banner outside!
charlie rated Ztraty & Nalezy like this: Food: 9, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 9
picture of Z-Market24 Jun 02 - charlie on Z-Market in Grocery and Drink Delivery...
«Excellent every time»
I've been using Z-Market for over six months and have never had anything go wrong, the service is always efficient, and the selection and prices very good. My only (minor) gripe is that they sometimes arrive early - not so good if you were planning a lie-in.
charlie rated Z-Market like this: Value for money: 9, Order Accuracy: 10, Speed of Delivery: 10
picture of Amigos (formerly Kojak's)21 Jun 02 - charlie on Amigos (formerly Kojak's) in Restaurants...
«Great food, hit and miss service»
Great food, took some friends who were dying to get some Tex-Mex chow after six months here, they loved it! Service was a bit hit and miss, but it was the waiter's first day, and things improved when another member of staff took over serving our table.
charlie rated Amigos (formerly Kojak's) like this: Food: 8, Service: 5, Atmosphere: 8
picture of Taj Mahal10 Jun 02 - charlie on Taj Mahal in Restaurants...
«A cut above the average Indian in England»
Service is attentive, the food very good, and whilst expensive by Prague standards, it won't break the bank either. Dinner for four, with drinks, came to a little over 2000czk.
charlie rated Taj Mahal like this: Food: 8, Service: 8, Atmosphere: 8

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