El Emir is not just the best Lebanese restaurant in Prague, it's one of the best restaurants in Prague, full stop. The word "restaurant" is important here. El Emir is not fast food, it's not your local Lebanese take away. El Emir is an elegant and authentic Lebanese restaurant.

Let me be clear, I'm not knocking your neighbourhood Lebanese take away. I'm sure their falafel is great. I'm saying that El Emir has it beat in two important areas.

El Emir Lebanese Restaurant Prague
First of all the space is large, bright, warm and welcoming. Located at the bottom of Wenceslas Square, El Emir has two levels, a cafe on the ground floor and the main restaurant upstairs. It's a space big enough to host events, which they often do. The cafe has your standard cafe fare as well as Lebanese coffee, mint tea and shisha. The restaurant upstairs is beautifully decorated in the middle eastern theme. It has a VIP area but otherwise it is mostly a large open space that can still offer an intimate dining experience.

Then there's the food. El Emir has an extensive menu. They have a huge variety of hot and cold appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Their main courses include dishes made with seafood, chicken, beef and lots of lamb. If meat is not your thing, check out their great vegetarian options.

The kind of variety offered at El Emir sets them apart from all the small Lebanese take aways I've encountered but more than that, it's the freshness of the food they use and their dedication to authenticity. They take great care to get the best ingredients. El Emir uses only halal meat and you won't find caned humus at any of their tables.

El Emir Lebanese Restaurant Prague
El Emir has been in the Wenceslas Square location for six years now and at their Paladium location for ten. Remeh, the owner, is from Lebanon but has been in the restaurant business in Prague for 25 years. Rameh says that it's hard to get Czechs to try Lebanese food at first, partly because they think it will be spicy. However, he says, "they come for the first time, we always get them back."

The extensive menu allows you to have a new experience every time you visit El Emir and I suggest several visits so you can try it all. If it's your first time then I recommend the “FIRST TOUCH MENU“ (for 1 person): Hommos, Moutabal, Warak Inab, Makdus Batinjan, Bastorma, Tabbouleh, Kabis, Falafel, Sambousek Lahme, Sambousek Jibneh, Fatayer, 2 ks/pcs Shish Taouk, 2 ks/pcs Lahem Meshwi, 1 ks/pc Kafta Halebieh

or the “WELCOME IN BEIRUT MENU“ (for 2 persons): Hommos, Moutabal, Warak Inab, Tabbouleh, Kabis, 1/2 Falafel, 1/2 Sambousek Lahme, 1/2 Sambousek Jibneh, 1/2 Kibbey Makli, 1/2 Jawaneh Meshwi, Mixed Grill

and for those less inclined to dine on meat, Vegetarian Mezza Plate for 1 person: Selection from Lebanese Mezza Hommos, Moutabal, Warak Inab, Makdus Batinjan, Tabbouleh, Kabis, Zeitun, Falafel, Sambousek Jibneh, Fattier.

El Emir Lebanese Restaurant Prague
I should note that El Emir will not disappoint the wine lovers. They have a nice selection of wines, including several Lebanese wines. If you're not familiar with Lebanese wines this would be a good opportunity to get acquainted. Lebanon, as you can imagine, has great growing conditions coupled with French techniques and wine making tradition, culminating in some very good wine. I had a "Ksara reserve du couvent 2014". A full flavoured red that went very well with the beef lamb and cheese.

El Emir has a belly dancer on Saturdays and that's likely their most popular night but reservations are recommended on any evening and for lunch in the summer. If you're looking for a great place to go with a date or with a group of friends, El Emir is the spot. A great location, a space with class and style, good wine and some of the best food in Prague, El Emir has it all.

Steve Meyers

  El Emir Lebanese Restaurant PragueEl Emir Lebanese Restaurant Prague
Václavské náměstí 846/1, Prague 1

Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 11.30 am - 11.30 pm, Fri 11.30 am - 12.30 am, Sat 12.30 pm - 12.30 am, Sun 12.30 pm - 11.30 pm

TEL.: +420 224 281 099, +420 739 529 855

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Web: www.elemir.cz

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