With whitewashed brick and plaster, warm wooden floors, and brightly glowing Edison light fixtures, the interiors of Nejen Bistro are as striking as the food, with the same minimalist, pure attitude exhibited in both. Here, the food is seasonal and fresh, favouring local suppliers wherever possible. And, in pride of place in the Nejen Bistro kitchen, there’s the latest must-have chef’s toy, the Josper Grill, which – in combination with the talents of former-butcher and current chef extraordinaire, Martin Císar – creates some truly moreish, melt-in-the-mouth meat dishes, like the pork tenderloin, which comes served with a brightly coloured plate of peas, beetroot and green asparagus.
The food here is creative bistro fare, with dishes like sautéed mussels with fresh tarragon, cider and spring onion, and homemade foie gras with walnuts and cranberry jam on the tempting menu. There are burgers, too, which are given a Nejen Bistro spin with the use of cucumber salsa and beetroot mayo in the chicken version, and upping the flavour quotient in the beef burger with Black Angus beef, richly sticky caramelised onions, and homemade fries. Wine here is well-represented on the drinks list, with the odd Czech beer and a decent handful of cocktails and spirits on hand, to boot. For a refreshing non-alcoholic option, Nejen Bistro makes a mean lemonade, which comes in a variety of flavours like mint, grapefruit and buckthorn.