by captain oddsocks
August 26, 2005
The entrance is from Pavelèakova Street across from Hotel Gemo. The first thing that you will see inside is the cake display and the ice-cream cabinet. The ice-cream is 8Kc per scoop, with an extra 6Kc if you prefer to have a waffle cone. You might find the staff a little grumpy, but it’s better if you don’t take it personally and just chalk it up to the disrupted sleeping patterns of the shift worker.
Behind the counter area is another room with a row of leather booths along one wall and two rows of tables and chairs. Including the few tables in the front room, the overall capacity would be around 60. The décor is quite modern apart from the classic black leather chairs and exposed brick ceiling; much of the remaining furniture is bright fire-engine red. The effect is slick and stylish rather than homey and comforting, but maybe that’s better for a late-night place. The plants in the window and potted grass along the wall-tables help to soften the atmosphere.
The espresso bar is also quite a reasonable place to go for a coffee during the day. The benches outside are comfortable and provide ample opportunity for people watching. During the heat of the day they are sheltered by sunblinds.
The drinks are a little more expensive than in most other places around Olomouc, but not extortionately so. There must surely be extra costs associated with keeping a place open 24 hours a day. A large espresso with milk is 31Kc, hot chocolate is 35Kc, an affogato will set you back 42Kc and a large glass of Gambrinus beer will be 25.5Kc. The espresso bar shares a kitchen with Captain Morgan’s next door, and the full range of pizza is available until midnight. After that you can choose lasagna for 92Kc or one of the pre-made baguettes from the bain-marie. The night menu applies until the kitchen reopens at 8am. The Czech Republic is not a country of breakfast restaurants so it sometimes pays to keep in mind places that do open early. The espresso bar offers Hemenex (ham and eggs), omelettes, hotdogs, and scrambled eggs from 8 until 11am.
In all, it’s a good place to know about, whether for breakfast, late night food, or just a couple of scoops of ice cream after dinner or a visit to the teahouse.
From journal Nightlife in Olomouc, A-K