The other day, I went for a hamburger at the Potrefená Husa (The Wounded Goose) location on Vinohradská.
It's a very popular place. They had decent lunch crowd for a weekday in the non-smoking section.
The bar and smoking sections were pretty empty. In the evenings, that is not usually the case. It's often packed and almost impossible to find a table or a bar stool.
I got to thinking about who has the best hamburgers in Prague. Fraktal? Mozaika? TGI Friday's?
I don't know. I haven't tried them all. But I've heard good things.
As for me, I really love the Potrefená Husa Burger. But, as the old song goes, "Love hurts." Allow me to explain.
First the good part.
It comes with freshly fried American-style bacon and nicely melted cheese. The sandwich is very nicely constructed, top to bottom. The sesame bun is large, toasted, and holds together all the way through to the end.
The lettuce, red onion, and tomato placed on one side of the bun come in a perfect-sized portion -- no overhang. They fit perfectly on top of the meat and under the bun.
I spied some of the other dishes arriving near me. One man had an absolutely massive koleno (pork knee).
Now for some bad news.
I asked for the hamburger to be cooked medium. It came well done. This has happened before. They like to burn it a bit. Still tastes good, but not as good as it could.
Potrefená Husa doesn't have Coke, only Pepsi. It costs 37 CZK for a small .25 liter bottle. They have Staropramen, not Pilsner Urquell. The Staropramen brewery owns the restaurant chain. They also serve Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe, and Kelt.
Now for some ugly news.
I remember from previous visits thinking the burger was expensive, but didn't remember exactly how much. I have to confess, I didn't look closely at the bill when I paid it. I was thinking about other things.
Let's put it in perspective.
The large, Fraktal Burger with bacon and cheese is 195 CZK. The burger at Mozaika, a more upscale restaurant, is 199 CZK.
The Potrefená Husa Burger is good, but I didn't want to believe the price on the receipt was correct. I actually went back to the restaurant and checked the menu. And that's what it cost: 297 CZK.
Unfortunately, I think it might cost them my regular burger business. They are usually so busy, I don't think they'll notice.
On another visit, I tried the steak tartare. Unlike a number of places, they do all the seasoning for you. And I'll say they do a pretty good job of it.There is plenty of sharp garlic, a good balance of salt and, of course, a raw egg on top. They use very good quality beef tenderloin.
There is also garlic on the side for rubbing on the toast, which is Czech bread fried in oil. I got the large, 150 gram portion for 249 CZK. It's not so cheap, but I enjoyed it. There is also a 100 gram portion for 189 CZK.
If you have a craving for beef, it is a good alternative to the burger. I'd even say healthier -- I've eaten a lot of steak tartare in Prague and never once felt any ill effects.