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“great hidden jem in Prague”
Review of U Maliru 1543

U Maliru 1543
Ranked #177 of 5,821 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $2
Cuisines: European, French, Czech
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: 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.
Reviewed April 27, 2014

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

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3  Thank loxdog
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

For the life of me, I cannot understand why U Maliru (pronounced U-MalirZU) is not the highest rated restaurant in Prague. My husband and I ate there our last night in Prague, and it was memorable.

For the record, we have been lucky enough to dine at some of the best restaurants in the world. It is always a treat for us to try a special place for a romantic evening when we are abroad.

First off, the atmosphere at U Maliru is splendid. In such an historic city as Prague, don't you want to dine in 16th century splendor near the Charles Bridge? Think -- arched, slightly Romanesque ceilings, delicately painted ceilings and wall murals, soft candlelight, hushed voices. The clientele is international. You will hear many languages spoken here. As for view, who needs a river view when there is so much that is so beautiful to look at in your immediate surroundings.

The service was A+++ across the board -- From the gentleman who greeted and seated us, to the waiter, to the sommelier, to the dining room assistants. All of them were truly excellent. You will find the style of the staff to be friendly but not obsequious -- Professional, above all.

As for the all-important food -- We are not people who like little bites of tasty morsels, artistically choreographed on a plate. We are not fans of foam. We like what we consider to be a real meal -- a wonderful appetizer or starter or two, and then a delicious main dish -- Something to sink our teeth in to -- A protein, plus vegetables and or a starch. We want it beautifully prepared and lovely to look at. We don't like nouvelle cuisine, which to us means little artistic bits.

You won't get nouvelle at this wonderful restaurant. Here you will get a gorgeous piece of meat, or duck or fish, perfectly prepared vegetables, fresh salads. A tip: Order their Eggplant Caviar. It is the best we have ever eaten. We ordered one dessert to share and it was divine. It was a cake of layered thin pancakes, covered in stewed slightly sweetened plums and an amazing cream (almost a sour cream). You won't find this dessert anywhere else. The food here has a decidedly Czech feel to it -- The flavors are all a little different from what we are used to in the States and other parts of Europe. It is in the dill, the red pepper corns, the sweet onions. I can't put my finger on it, but it is different.

We have close friends who chose the #1 or #2 Prague Best Restaurant on Tripadvisor -- one with a drop dead gorgeous view. But they serve little bits of food and lots of foam. Our friends enjoyed it but DID NOT rave about the food. You can get beautiful nouvelle portions just about anywhere in the world. But, if you dine at U Malirzu you will eat amazing Czech cuisine in an extraordinary 16th century Prague building -- food you cannot get anywhere else.

About prices, I will say that they are VERY fair at this restaurant. We ordered a Czech bottle of wine, which was fresh and spicy and tasty, and two after-dinner drinks (try the Schlivoviz, but make sure you have someone to drive you home -- Whoopdeedoo!). We had starters and mains and then dessert. All totaled the meal was less than you would spend for two people at just about any other comparable American or European top drawer restaurant.

So forget about any other Prague restaurant, and hurry up and book your special occasion meal at U Malirzu. It is fantastic, an deserves to be #1 on Tripadvisor.

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4  Thank Kenya2010
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

Slightly off the tourist track, a hidden gem - over the Charles bridge on the castle side. Great food, good prices, friendly staff and beautiful interior - painted vaulted arched ceilings

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2  Thank daniinuk
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

What a stunning restaurant this is,beautiful food,gorgeously decorated and the waiters are pure silver service theatre.

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

This fine dining restaurant is well worth a visit. The ambiance is amazing in an historic old building near the Charles Bridge in Mala Strana. Good service and amazing Cezch wine. If you like red wine try the Springer vineyard merlot, to die for! The bread was the best I've ever had. Great menu in a delightful setting.

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2  Thank tripellen
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