Restaurant U Golema
Maiselova 8, Prague, Czech Republic
Restaurant U Golema Prague Reviews
Restaurant in Prague's Jewish Quarter Mar 15, 2009
This restaurant is right in the midst of Prague’s Jewish Quarter and offers a variety of both Czech and international dishes. The theme of the restaurant is the character of a Czech-Jewish story, Golem (see below). This was a very convenient place to stop for lunch while visiting the many sights in the Jewish Quarter.
We had soups: one vegetable and one called “Elixir of Life” meat and vegetable soup – both were really good. For our main courses we had roasted pork with sour cabbage and dumplings. Also very good. The food was good, but the service wasn’t friendly at all – they ought to hire waiters who like being waiters! The guy wasn’t too bad with us, but was very surly with some other customers.
Lunch for the two of us came to 690 (included in that is the 20% tip that they tacked on (110 Kc and 30 Kc as a cover charge!!!)
The legend of the golem is a famous story of Czech-Jewish culture. Although there aren’t many Jews left in Prague today, it was once a very large community. One of the leaders in that community during the 16th century was a man by the name of Rabbi Loew (pronounced “Lev”). According to the legend, he created the Golem (which derives from a Hebrew word literally meaning “raw materials”) out of the four elements (earth, wind, fire, water) to protect the Jews from Anti-Semitic attacks. The Rabbi had control of Golem through a tablet that he could insert into its mouth. He used his creation to protect the Jews and terrorize their enemies.
The Old-New Synagogue is where Rabbi Loew kept Golem. According to the legend, he was kept in the synagogue’s attic. One day while the Rabbi was working inside the synagogue, Golem left and began to terrorize the town without being ordered. After being told what was going on, the Rabbi rushed to take the tablet from the Golem’s mouth. That was the last time the Golem was brought to life. The Jews begged Rabbi Loew to destroy the Golem since he was getting so powerful, but the Rabbi refused to do so. Instead, he locked the Golem back in the attic of the synagogue forever. To be sure that no one would be able to reach the monster; the stairs that led to the attic were removed. When the synagogue was finally explored, no Golem was found. Another version of this story that I read says that this happened on the Sabbath, because Golem should have been allowed to sleep on that day.
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