This is one of the Prague cafés which is part of an upmarket complex, U Zavoje, that occupies the best part of an old alley off Havelská, opposite the baroque church. There’s a restaurant, a cheese shop, wine bar and a café; all are good but the café is probably your best bet. A natural, unostentatious space, it boasts lots of natural light, a cracking wine cellar and food that may well leave you reeling.
The spread of business newspapers and financial magazines on the window ledge testifies to the kind of clientele that normally lunch at U Zajove – expense account diners and well heeled locals, mostly – but it’s informal enough for anyone to eat here without feeling out of place.
The menu offers classic French cooking (seafood, meats, foie gras) with delightfully innovative twists, while the wine list, like the menu, is limited but impeccable. The starters and desserts are usually as titillating as the mains, so plan for an extended lunch. Not cheap, but highly memorable.