Snails (Escargot) in recommended Prague restaurants

It is the French that are primarily known for eating snails, but there is also a long tradition of eating snails in the Mediterranean and in Central Europe. The roots of eating snails stretch back to the Middle Ages. Snails were once predominantly collected in the wild, but are now more commonly farmed artificially. The Czech Republic has in recent years become a significant exporter of this delicacy.

Snails in Prague are usually served by the dozen or half dozen on special plates either with or without their shells. If they are still in their shells, they are usually eaten with special tongs to hold the shell and a thin fork to prise out the meat.

The most common preparation is Escargot Bourguignon (Snails a la Burgundy), in which whole snails are braised in wine for several hours and served in melted butter with garlic or herbs and most often with tarragon. They are served either in the shell or without.

Snails at Christmas-time
Snails are considered a Lenten food and for this reason appear on the menu at Christmas and Easter. Indeed there are a number of restaurants in Prague at which you can sample this delicacy at Christmas.
Snail meat is healthy. It contains no fat or cholesterol and has a specific taste that is loved by almost everyone once they have tried it. We recommend heading out for lunch on Christmas Eve with family or friends, ordering a dozen snails and a glass of wine and enjoying some pleasant company to get yourself in the mood for the festivities ahead.

Recommended restaurants:

La Boucherie & Bistrot M, 24. 12. 2016 and whole year
Praha 5, Zubatého 5, Tel: 702 033 020

French chef Jean-Paul Manzac offers traditional Escargot Bourguignon whole year and for Christmas Eve luch extra snail menu. Snails Provencal style with tomato sauce, snails in beer batter with mayonnaise, snail consommé with vegetables, snais with herb butter and snails with Bordelaise sauce.

Vinárna a restaurace Art & Food, 24. 12. 2016
Prague 5, Plaská 617/4, Phone: 251 512 063

Restaurant Art & Food at Malá Strana has prepared snail menu for Christmas Eve lunch. Strudel with snails and salad, snail soup with vegetable and Snails au gratin with garlic butter and parmesan.

Restaurant Hergetova Cihelna, 24. 12. 2016
Prague 1, Cihelná 2b, Malá Strana, Phone: 296 826 103

Restaurant Hergetova Cihelna has prepared special snail menu for Christmas Eve lunch. Snails au gratin with garlic butter or with blue cheese and saffron risotto with snails, wild mushrooms, parsley and and cured egg yolk

Restaurant New York Café, 24.12. 2016
Prague 1, Senovážné nám. 13, Hotel Boscolo, Phone: 224 593 886

Restaurant in luxury hotel Boscolo has prepared for Christmas lunch Snails au gratin with garlic butter and toast.

Restaurant Les Moules
Prague 1, Pařížská 19/203, Phone: 222 315 022

Les Moules restaurant serves delicious snails throughout the year (not just before Christmas). Here they are grilled in garlic and almond butter. Come on Christmas Eve and don’t forget to sample some traditional Belgian Christmas beer.

Restaurant Café Savoy
Prague 1, Vítězná 5, Tel: 257 311 562

Café Savoy coffee bar and restaurant, part of the Ambiente group, also serves Escargot Bourguignon all year round.

Restaurant La Gare
Prague 1, V Celnici 3, Phone: 222 313 712

French restaurant La Gare serves Escargot Bourguignon all year round.

Ada restaurant, hotel Hoffmeister, 22. 12. - 24. 12. 2016
Prague 1, Pod Bruskou 7, Phone: 251 017 111

Restaurant in luxury hotel Hoffmeister has prepared special snail menu. Snail soup with salsify and gnocchi, snails with cream and truffles, snail terrine with pear chutney and caviar and traditional Escargot Bourguignon.

Escargot Bourguignon

snails, italian style

Escargot Bourguignon

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