By Tanya Silverman
Love Vegan Salad. Photos by Tanya Silverman.
I love traveling to the Czech Republic. The traditional food, however, is not vegetarian friendly. Nevertheless, several spots throughout Prague offer suitable options for meat-free diners, including local vegetarian eateries like Country Life, Radost, and Clear Head.
When I returned to Prague recently, I didn’t go to any of these spots, but instead tried out a newer place in Lesser Town called LoVeg.
Typical Czech food consists of dishes like roast pork with cabbage and potato dumplings or goulash with gravy and bread dumplings. LoVeg offers meat-free adaptations of such themes.
At LoVeg, I tried a vegan “svickova” with vegan protein, rice cream, and cranberries. The plate centered around two pieces of dense tempeh steak soaked in a savory carrot sauce, topped with a tart lemon slice and sugary, seedy cranberry sauce. I found the svicokva adaptation quite delicious–plus eating it offered the occasion to finally taste the bread dumplings, which are usually served as a side to the many meat dishes.
My brother ordered a vegan goulash, which was rich, chewy, and smoky. Our table also shared some hummus, a spread that came very light tasting, served with hearty bread and sides of beet spread and crunchy salad.
LoVeg also serves daily soups, salads, curry, and veggie burgers, not to mention some creative dishes like raw zucchini spaghetti with cashew-tomato paste or quesadillas with vegan cheese.
I tried a red wine produced by the Drodz family of Moravia, the Czech state east of Bohemia. I was pleased. I don’t drink beer but my boyfriend and brother ordered some organic draughts that they said were favorable. LoVeg also serves some local liquor like Slivovice, a plum spirit, along with a variety of hot and cold teas.
Admittedly, I’m not quite clear on the staff’s decision to name it LoVeg because getting to this restaurant requires ascending three flights of winding stairs into an elevated enclave replete with stone Buddha statues and heavenly views of outside red rooftops. Plus, the fare is of high quality.
The wait staff was very accommodating. My Czech is quite minimal but they were happy to speak in English. The servers asked us if everything was good at the end of our meal. Our collective answer was positive.