Saturday, 19 October 2013

Czech Club Restaurant - London West Hampstead

If you have been following me for a long time you would probably know that I was studying Mandarin, but this school term I've decided not to... Methinks I have spent too much money this year! From the last school year, I'm still friends with a few of the classmates and a couple of months ago I went to My Old Place 老地方 in the Liverpool Street area with two of them. This time it was the three of us again and we went up to North London to eat Czech food.

So off I trek up to West Hampstead. My colleague Mrs SweetTooth told me that someone had jumped in front of a train around the Stratford area and said the Jubilee Line might be affected. Oh dear! But I got there early thankfully...

Both my friends have created their own names for this blog!! :D So my male friend is called Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak (aefelgar-yellow-cloak, ¬,¬" don't ask, long story) and my female friend who introduced us to the Czech Club is called Ms LǜFù (Chinese Traditional characters: 綠嬔, meaning Green Baby Rabbit... that's a long story too!!).

When Ms LǜFù arrived, she directed us on where to go. She can speak Czech by the way and often goes to this place! You need to turn left out of the Tube station and keep walking. It is a well hidden place as it is amongst some houses. It was once a house itself back in World War II and then turned into a club for Czechs and Slovakians. More history is on their webiste!! ^_^
Outside the Czech Club
The Czech Club is very different to normal restaurants, it feels like you can just walk around the place as there are various sections. There's a restaurant bit, a club bit, a pub area and another room. It is a very popular little place during the evening for various people. The Czech club serves a lot of different dishes and there menu is written in both English and Czech...
A couple of empty tables which were filled up in the end

A Czech and Slovakian memorial

Paintings and pictures along the staircase

My beer. £3. Very good beer.
This is what we had...

Someone on Twitter (@WHampstead) recommended the wild boar dish so Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak had that one. I never got to taste it but he said he could taste mostly the cheesy sauce but the meat was tender. Hmmm maybe I should've went for that in the first place.
Wild Boar roast with creamy and cheesy sauce & dumplings
Ms LǜFù opted for this pork dish which had sauerkraut and dumpling pieces. She never said much about her dish. But she loved how her meat was so tender.
Pork Roast with sauerkraut & dumplings
I had the pork goulash. I should've went for the beef goulash which was what I had wanted in the first place... why didn't I go for it?! So disappointed with myself. But anyway, this dish was ok. It was on the sour side because of the sauerkraut. The dumplings was just like white bread so nothing too special... and I felt like I didn't have enough meat... would've liked more pork in my dish. 
Segediner Gulash & dumplings (pork cooked with sauerkraut and double cream, spiced with red paprika)
My dish was only £8... and I definitely wanted dessert and so did Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak... He tried to order his in Czech, heheh, and the waiter looked at him... ^_^. I ordered mine in English just to be on the safe side. It was a 20 minute wait but that was ok...

Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak decided to have the pancakes. He said he liked his. Pancakes are always good.... his cost £4.
Pancake with chocolate and whipped cream
I had the apricot dumpling with yogurt, cream and ice cream. It looked big with a lot of bread. I thought it was going to be like a fried dumpling. Too bad it's not. The apricot tasted quite sour. Ms LǜFù said it was because of the yogurt. Thankfully I had mine with ice cream as I think I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. Mine cost £3. Love big cheap desserts!
An apricot dumpling with Yogurt & Ice cream, cinnamon icing sugar and whipped cream
Inside my apricot dumpling
We all paid separately rather than split the entire bill in three. But the entire cost including beer came up to £44. That would've been about £14 each person. That isn't bad for a night out in West Hampstead! If I were to go again, I am definitely going for the beef goulash or the wild boar!

My geeky rating: 4/5

Good points: 
- In a quiet area of Northish London
- A homely type of dining experience 
- Cheap food
- Can easily roam about from room to room

Bad points
- Wasn't too keen on the dumplings. It just looked like a lot of bread to me
- Didn't have enough meat in my dish otherwise I would've given the place a 4.5!

Address: 74 West End Lane, West Hampstead, London NW6 2LX
Telephone: 0207 372 1193


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