Apelace21 opened in November 2022, following the complete refurbishment of a former Vietnamese Phở restaurant. Usually a pub or restaurant closes and re-opens as yet another Phở, so it’s great to see a restaurant reverse the trend.
Apelace is Czech for appellation, the term mostly used for wine origin. However, Apelace21 isn’t a wine bar with food, this is a fine-dining restaurant with wine.
It was quiet when we arrived at 7pm on a Thursday, although more diners appeared later.
A 0.15l glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2018, Poderi Marchesi Migliorati, Abruzzo was 120 Kč. A large carafe of tap water was charged at 20 Kč per person – that’s an odd pricing strategy, but is fine so long as refills are free. Apelace21 joins our list of Prague restaurants where tap water is less than 50 Kč.
Bread was delivered with both butter and what the British would call lard – although the Czech version is much more than that.
We also received a delicious amuse-bouche, which was based on the main course dish ‘Sous-vide wild boar loin, roasted vegetable and cream sauce, cranberry dumplings‘. What a great way to promote this dish.
We both chose ‘grilled duck breast, Jerusalem artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke puree, plums, gingerbread sauce’ 380 Kč. An excellent dish, perfectly presented and with extra sauce to pour over – which I did after this picture.
I visited the bathrooms – immaculate with individual towelling hand towels.
There are more tables at the rear of the restaurant, although I’d stick with the main dining room on our next visit.
I realise that we only had a main course, but we were surprisingly full from that.
Our waiter was friendly and very professional throughout. If you’re looking for fine dining in Prague at a reasonable price, visit Apelace21.
Prague 120 00
+420 702 211 646