We went on holiday to the Czech Republic last year and the food was not very impressive. We were therefore not really looking forward to visiting this cuisine and put it off until a cold Saturday evening after an afternoon of walking around freezing Friedrichshain so this kind of hearty fare was more welcome. To visit this restaurant we had to get the S3 train out from Ostkreuz to Karlshorst which is near the river Spree just beyong Rummelsburg. Zum Böhmische Garten is located out of the way, in a quiet residential area and we were suprised how busy it was. We were given one of the last tables in the traditionally decorated room by a very old-fashioned, middle-aged, sweet natured, man with a big, bristley moustache who seemed rather bemused to have a young-ish British couple visiting his small locals’ restaurant which is out of the ex-pat’s gaze.
We chose some delicious beer to start; a pilsner and a dunkel, and we shared what was described as a ‘typical Czech dish’ of minced meat on garlic bread as a starter. For the main course Richard went for the ‘robbers’ pork stew, and I had roast pork with bread dumplings. When the food came we felt very uncomfortable taking photos as it was a very quiet and intimate restaurant, and we were under our moustachioed friend’s constant gaze. Also it seemed like a weird thing for us to be doing especially as the food was nothing special to look at. We waited for his back to be turned and then quickly snapped away, hence the lack of quality photos.
The starter was not my favourite dish as it resembled chilli con carne on toast. It tasted okay but just seemed a bit odd as a concept. The main courses were much better. My soft roast pork came with delicious and comforting bread dumplings, tangy cabbage, and little bits of crackling on top. Richard’s pork dish, tomatoey and rich, was served underneath a giant potato pancake and so was very hearty. He really enjoyed it although it was not quite to my taste. The other dishes that came out for other diners looked really good especially the giant schnitzels. We decided that given the location on the way to Muggelsee that we would revisit in the summer with huge appetites gained from an evening swim, and that we would try some of the other dishes because everything looked good and were reasonably priced at an average of 12 euros for a large, filling, main course.
This blog has brought me to some different places that I would never otherwise have considered and Zum Bohemischen Garten is indeed a good find that left us full and satisfied as we stood on the S-Bahn platform waiting for the S3 to take us back to civilisation.