“I’m sorry, we are full”, said the waitress. I was a bit afraid; we should have made a reservation when we were thinking of going here in the evening. I was here just once before with my friend Stewart for brunch. It was kind of by accident, and they were almost full, as well. It was raining outside that day, and we were supposed to go for brunch somewhere else, but that place was full. With that, we started to look for another place nearby and found Můj šálek kávy. We ended up there, which was a great place to discover by accident, to be honest.
They have plenty options for tea, coffee, homemade lemonade, hot chocolate and even things to eat, like the soup of the day. The soup of the day is different every day so if you pop up in here more days during one week you wont have the same soup more than once. They have some salads as well, as well as other dishes and brunch plates. Their staff is really helpful, so if you are not sure just ask for help!
Today, I ordered black tea with milk, as always. The problem was that they have so many variations of black tea so I didn’t know which one I should order, so I just chose one: Indian Darjeeling. The waiter told me he would recommend me a different one that would be better with milk, a Japanese type of black tea. I said OK, and after tasting it, I knew that he was right! They know what they are doing; I thought and enjoyed my lovely tea with milk like an English lady.
The staff is so friendly and helpful you may love to come back again and again. You also don’t have to ask for a smile. I know that might sound weird, but in this city, very often the waiter/waitress doesn’t smile, and sometimes they can be quite uninterested in talking or helping. I mean, I don’t expect them to smile all the time, or even to talk to me about their feelings or what they did on their weekend off, but when they smile, the atmosphere in the pub, restaurant, bistro, or café improves immensely, and customers stay longer, meaning we spend more money because we drink and eat more. So for you servers out there, here’s some small advice: SMILE = more money + satisfied customers. You might be surprised as to why I have to write that down, as it is clear as Lake Tahoe, but when you come to the Czech Republic for the first time and go to your first restaurant, you might be lucky and not experience this at all. Sometimes (quite often, in fact – and I’m not proud of it, as I’m Czech) you will find that the Czech staff is not as friendly and helpful as you might experience in other countries. Never mind! Back to this lovely café/bistro…
Where can you find this inspirational place? Where else other than in one of the best and most creative neighborhoods in Prague: Karlín. You can find many great restaurants and bistros here. As I already said, this one is full nearly every evening, so I highly recommend making a reservation. More advice: try their food! Oh man… their food is tasty!
The soup of the day on this particular day was a classic: a creamy soup carrot creamy soup (with a pumpkin soup being available often during Autumn). Their food is not just tasty and healthy, but also creative. You just could watch your plate all evening without trying a piece — but go ahead and try it! You can’t make a mistake here. This time, I tried their homemade seed bread with caramelized onions and goat cheese on the top, and with some green salad on the side. It was just delicious! You’ll feel like you can never have enough, although your belly may scream out to stop eating. The portions look small, but their cuisine is full of energy and nutrition, so you don’t need a bigger portion. But you should find out on your own and taste the dishes served at this place! My friend had something rather unusual: haloumi cheese with quinoa. To be honest, I think you can’t make a mistake here; their food is so beautiful from the inside out. Since my first visit, I have tried their Caesar salad and some of their variations of lemonades. If you are curious enough, try out their coffee and grapefruit lemonade. I didn’t care this combination that much, as I normally don’t drink coffee often, but for those who like to experiment with something new, try it out!
I definitely recommend Můj šálek kávy if you are looking for a nice, cozy place with a lovely atmosphere, delicious food, and a friendly staff as a bonus.
Find out more on their website at http://www.mujsalekkavy.cz/en/, and make a reservation before you go. What are you waiting for? Just go and enjoy!