Tweet Even though we hardly dine out anymore, I still enjoy reading Prague restaurant reviews. I specially like those where the author has a good grasp of the concept of value for money, even if they aren't paying from their own pockets, and where they tell us about their dining experience in a straightforward, fun to read language.
Unfortunately, I must say I've lost my patience with the whole lot of them. The reason, their ignorance and total lack of interest in beer.
The Czech Republic is home to some of the finest lagers in the world. "Pivo" is a source of national pride and plays an important part in Czech popular and culinary cultures. How is it then that restaurant reviewers don't complain when a restaurant offers bad beer?
No, I'm not just grumpy because it's Monday morning (well, a bit, yes). Many times I've read how reviewers complain, and fairly so, about the authenticity or freshness of some ingredients, the way a dish is prepared or presented, the composition of menus and even the prize and provenance of mineral water. Oh! But a 0.3l glass of Stella Artois at 60CZK? No worries there, mate. They've even praised the stuff!
In this piece in CBW the author, one Milan Ballik, says: "One mug of ice-cold draft Stella Artois beer helped me to regain my spirit..." (I really can't imagine how that popcorn juice could help anyone with half a palate to feel better). Or Laura Baranik in her review of Potrefená Husa claims that the chain serves "quality beer". They might now how to tap it, but Stella and Staropramen are NOT quality beers by Czech standards, far from it (and no, I don't think she meant Leffe and Hoegaarden).
I'm sure there are some of you who are thinking of writing a comment saying something like: "But there are many people who like Stella! So what's the problem?"
Sadly, that is true. But you know what? There are also many people who don't like their spicy food to be too spicy, who prefer their pasta, steaks and burgers to be a tad overcooked and who don't give much of a rat's ass about what sort of rice or cheese is used in their risotto. However, the critics do have a big problem with that.
I don't care if they drink beer or not. Restaurant reviewers should not allow restaurants in the Czech Republic to get away with offering bad beer, no matter how good they might be.
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