One of the (many) things that impressed me during my time in Prague was the number of coffee shops that stayed open really late. For example, both Pražírna Kavárna and Coffee and Riot are open until 10pm. Then there’s those that mix late opening with great coffee and great food. A prime example is Eska, which is a restaurant upstairs and a coffee bar downstairs (it reminded me of Caravan King’s Cross, with the obvious difference that Caravan’s only on a single level).
Another example is the subject of today’s Saturday Supplement, Kavárna Místo, one of three Prague coffee shops of renowned Czech roasters, Doubleshot. This is more like a traditional coffee shop that serves an all-day dining menu. Add that to the fact that it doesn’t close until 10pm each night (apart from Sunday) and you have the perfect casual dining location.
Indeed, Amanda and I first visited Místo for dinner, returning the following morning for coffee. You can read all about Místo the coffee shop in its own Coffee Spot. Meanwhile, this Saturday Supplement focuses on the food, cake and also the coffee tasting flight, which offers 150ml samples of all three single-origins on pour-over.
You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.
Kavárna Místo has a concise all-day dining menu with just 10 items, six of which are suitable for vegetarians and several of which looked vegan-friendly. Since it’s an all-day menu, there are breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. By the way, If you want to be absolutely sure of getting a seat, it’s good to know that Místo takes reservations.
Since Amanda and I were there for dinner, we went for the grilled halloumi (me) and baba ganoush (Amanda). My halloumi arrived on a bed of tabbouleh, covered with a spicy tomato sauce, offering a wonderful contrast of flavours and textures which I really enjoyed. The baba ganoush, meanwhile, was served with four slices of toasted French bread. It was pretty good, but not as good, in my opinion, as the halloumi.
We were both keen to try to amazing array of cakes (although sadly we didn’t get the peanut věneček which Bex had) so we both ordered dessert. I had a raw raspberry cheesecake, which was very good, a rich cheesecake with plenty of raspberries and a dense biscuit base. I’d have been perfectly happy with it had I not tasted Amanda’s strawberry and pistachio tart. This had a shortbread pistachio crust, a cream filling and strawberries on top and was simply divine. Annoyingly, Amanda thought so too, so I was only allowed one mouthful to taste.
In an ideal world, we’d have rounded off the meal with the coffee tasting flight, but we’d actually had our coffee before we ate. I went with the Ethiopian Uraga single-origin espresso, while Amanda had the Ethiopian Foge, one of the three pour-over options. This was a washed coffee, as was another of the options during our visit, a Guatemalan Santa Cruz, while the third, a Brazilian Joao Hamilton, was naturally processed. The Ethiopian Foge was light and floral, but with plenty of body, while Amanda also picked up notes of roasted caramel.
However, we did try the tasting flight the following morning when we returned for coffee. Místo offers a 150ml sample of each of the three single-origins, with the interesting twist that you have to guess which one is which. You are given tasting notes for all three, but that’s it. When Bex did this a couple of years ago, she got them all, but Amanda and I weren’t so accurate. We both agreed which one was the Brazilian, but disagreed over the Ethiopian and Guatemalan. As it turned out, we were both wrong with the Brazilian, which turned out to be the Guatemalan, while I got the Ethiopian right.
This was a real surprise to me, since Amanda, who got them all wrong, has a far more refined palate than I do (I’ll get “fruity” which she’ll be naming the individual fruits). I definitely savoured the moment though, since I’m convinced it will never happen again!
In closing, we both enjoyed the coffee flight, particularly the challenge of guessing which was which, something I’d love to see other places offering. Regardless of the guessing element, it was nice to try all three coffees and we both liked them all, agreeing that the Guatemalan was our least favourite. Of the others two, I preferred the Brazilian, while Amanda preferred the Ethiopian.
|BUBENECSKÁ 12 • 160 00 PRAHA 6-DEJVICE • PRAGUE • CZECHIA|
|www.mistoprovas.cz||+420 727 914 535|
|Monday||09:00 – 22:00||Roaster||Doubleshot (espresso + filter)|
|Tuesday||09:00 – 22:00||Seating||Tables; Tables (outside)|
|Wednesday||09:00 – 22:00||Food||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cake|
|Thursday||09:00 – 22:00||Service||Table|
|Friday||09:00 – 22:00||Payment||Cards + Cash|
|Saturday||09:00 – 22:00||Wifi||Free (with code)|
|Sunday||10:00 – 18:00||Power||Yes|
|Chain||Local||Visits||24th, 25th June 2019|
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