Starting a new job in a totally different neighborhood can be tough. Say goodbye to all those lunch places you’ve come to love, so long comfort food, when you’ve barely enough time to abandon the keyboard for five minutes. Work food must fit several criteria – it has to be quick, tasty, inexpensive and, since I’ll likely be going there regularly, it must have something new to offer every day. Boy was I lucky fast because the Plavecká polévka soup bistro checks all the boxes.
Located in the generally quite underserved neighbourhood of Výtoň, Plavecká polévka is a favourite among locals, as well as various civil servants from the nearby ministries.
Their menu is incredibly simple. You get four soups – some traditional Czech ones, some more exotic, half of which are usually vegetarian – and two main courses, which get updated daily. Again one is usually vegetarian and one contains meat. A little quiche or dessert. But that’s it. Crystal clear and simple, perfect for people like me who get easily confused when presented with too many options.
While the interior is not especially noteworthy the prices definitely are. You can get a large soup with bread for CZK 55 and often that’s enough to fill you up. The main courses are rarely more than a hundred crowns and will definitely not disappoint.
Plavecká polevka is a great spot if you are cruising along the Vltava waterfront, it’s just a few steps away – but come early, by two it’s all gone.