May 11, 2018
They do like their beer in Prague, a love we share. Nota Bene comes on the heels of a growing interest in locally sourced produce coupled with the increasing popularity of regional and specialty beers. The craft beer culture is creeping up on the city resulting in places like Nota Bene where the focus is on the quality rather than quantity of the hoppy goodness available. The interior is light and contemporary with bare brick pillars and pale blue chairs. Both the beer and food at Nota Bene are carefully sourced, its poultry, meat, seafood and vegetables all gathered from local producers and farmers’ markets. The menu changes regularly to reflect this. The bar serves a number of unusual beers on tap including the crisp Nomad Gentlemen and the rich Nomad Blackhawk instead of the usual suspects served elsewhere in the city. In terms of food, the menu focuses on Czech dishes given a contemporary twist, another notable trend in Prague. Typical dishes include the Czech favourite svá?ková na smetan?, beef tenderloin served in a rich cream sauce, albeit a superior version made with well-sourced meat, and an excellent smoked trout appetiser. Service is said to be a bit patchy and not all of the cooking hits the spot, but as an upmarket alternative to the traditional Prague beer pub, this place is worth a visit.