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“A good restaurant in a city where they are hard to find”
Review of U Maliru 1543

U Maliru 1543
Ranked #232 of 5,415 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$2
Cuisines: French, Czech
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
Description: Upon entering the restaurant, visitors will be enchanted by the historical atmosphere and magic of old times. The restaurant was established in 1543 and, amongst its "barflies", was Emperor Rudolph II who came to dine there on recommendation from his royal staff, who were sent to find the most hospitable restaurant in the area. The remarkable menu is accompanied by unique design of the restaurant decorated with magnificent murals by R. Adámek and R Jindřich from 1936-37. The building was adjoined to the rampart of the Maltese church and monastery, and was thus obliged to follow so-called lateral law and books of the church. In 1543 the painter Šic bought the house for 40 loads of groschen from Jiřík Kuřátko and it has been called U Malířů (At the Painters') ever since. In 1604 it was bought by Jan Litoměřický from Jizbica and in 1607 Benedikt Galthan purchased it from his orphans and rebuilt it. At the end of 17th century the building went through another reconstruction and it was renamed as U bílého kohouta (At White Cockerel). Today, the look of the building comes from 1936-37 from a design by B. Mázel. At the beginning of the 20th century it became a favourite place for artists, bohemians and painters who came here seeking acclaimed Moravian wine. They often paid with their own works or were finishing the murals instead. A combination of traditional cuisine, high quality wines and historical interior will enable visitors to entirely enjoy the atmosphere and fully appreciate the dinner at such a remarkable place which restaurant U Malířů doubtlessly is.
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“A good restaurant in a city where they are hard to find”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Let's start by saying I would not be giving this restaurant 5 stars in, say, Paris or Rome, but it was a big improvement on most of the meals we ate in Prague and we enjoyed both meals we ate here. The dining room is lovely, with an ancient painted ceiling (redone in 1937) and classical furniture. All a tiny bit shabby - old cutlery, a fraying tablecloth, but clean and tidy. On our first trip we ordered choices from the 3-course lunch special (though it was already 3 p.m.). I started with an excellent cream of spinach soup, and followed up with a crisp, fresh salad with a tasty dressing and a very good duck confit with red cabbage and (over-) roast potatoes. My wife started with the salad, then the duck, then a perfectly adequate tarte tatin. We drank the house cabernet moravia (a local variant of cabernet franc) and were impressed by it. Our second trip was in the evening, and we both started with goat cheese on a bed of beetroot (a super combination, to my surprise). I followed up with lamb shank and my wife with fish. The latter was very good, but my well-cooked lamb was accompanied by a rather stodgy gravy, the only real disappointment at U Maliru. We again drank the cabernet moravia, having started with with a tasty house veltliner, also from Moravia. The service was excellent on both visits. Our lunch cost 1500 Koruna for 2, our evening meal a little more, so this is a fairly expensive restaurant by Prague standards.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Tony E
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“Scenic eating in a painted ancient restaurant”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

This small restaurant with very nice painted cealing offers excellent food and is ideal for a romantic lunch or dinner. Everything is very accurate, staff is very professional. I suggest the goose fois gras terrine as appetizer. Absolutely recommendable.

  • Visited May 2014
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“Overpriced and bland food.”
Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Sadly, you're possibly paying for the area and beautiful interior of this restaurant. 50 quid a head for some fairly average food. We had an overdone (as in, impossible to eat with a knife and fork due to lack of understanding of the nature of the meat by the chef) quail, passable cream of spinach soup, flavourless lamb with overfloured gravy and questionable presentation, passable butterfish and saffron risotto, passable saffron creme brûlée and a very disappointing livance (local pancakes). The local wine selection was good. There were one or two fruitflies in the restaurant and some of the cutlery/crockery was slightly grubby and/or old, as was some of the glassware. The restaurant rightly trades off its history but has seemingly become a little complacent; for the prices it charges there are other more satisfying dining experiences to be had in Prague for similar money and it needs to realise this.

Visited May 2014
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

In a very old building, this is a classy restaurant. Excellent service; the menu is limited by some standards but of very high quality. Even though we were not late diners the "lamb shank" was all sold out - an initial disappointment but only till our food arrived. My leg of rabbit was undersold - it came with a delicious ballotine and lovely vegetables and was excellent; my wife's duck also. My starter - snails with anchovies did lack some flavour but the beef tartar my wife greatly enjoyed. A superb Czech Cabernet Franc wine accompanied the meal. It cost about GBP100 - a lot for Prague - but is deservedly high on the Trip Advisor rankings

  • Visited May 2014
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“great hidden jem in Prague”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

A local told us about this restaurant. Wonderful food and ambiance,off the beaten track. Well worth it!

  • Visited April 2014
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