I bought a sandwich at the hip Bio Cafes on Americká a few days ago. I give the place credit for trying to be different. The interior looks cool, bright and very clean, the restaurant is non-smoking and all the food and drinks they sell are organic, or bio as we say here in the Czech Republic. I had bought sandwiches there a couple of times before and never found them very exciting, but I was hungry and I was passing by, so I thought I’d give the place another chance. I chose the prepackaged Roma sandwich, which was described as focaccia with basil pesto, lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella and another type of cheese the name of which escapes me. When I got home, I unwrapped it and took a bite. I found myself chewing nothing but day old bread. I opened up the sandwich to discover its tired contents, apparently put on by a very tired employee. I wasn’t sure if I should feel frustrated or amused. In the end, I laughed and took a picture. I proceeded to take two more bites, gave up and threw the rest into the garbage.
So, guys, the bio idea’s good. Now all you need to do is teach your people how to make a sandwich.
P.S. To be fair, I must admit the soups are excellent.
Here’s an October 10 update: I went back and got the 119 CZK menu of spinach soup, bean salad and freshly squeezed vegetable juice. It was all very enjoyable. It’s just the sandwiches that are a bit… iffy.
The sandwich experience is pretty typical of “fancy” Czech restaurants. I once ordered a pizza and it had peas on it! Sick….It really looked like “pejsek a kocicka” were the chefs in that kitchen.
I read that a lot of Czechs are now spending quite a lot of money on “bio-food” which is great but I would advice them to quit smoking cigarettes first….