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Hello everyone,
I have a client which only eats halal food.
Does anyone have any recommendations for resturants in central Prague?
Thank you

Posted by
2080 posts

Find a good indian restaurant. They usually have a wide variety of great vegetarian dishes.

Posted by
12318 posts

A quick Google fir Halal restaurants in Prague turned up a lot of options. Try it.

Posted by
4345 posts

I assume your client is paying you to provide such services, where do I send my invoice?

Posted by
203 posts

As James E pointed out above, a Google search is going to list every kebab house and Lebanese/Arabic restaurant in Prague. Personally, only the El Emir in the Koruna Palace would make my list (a very short list).

Posted by
14267 posts

happycow.com for vegetarian and vegan options. Also any kosher food will be halal as well. I once ate at a kosher resto in the Jewish quarter and had venison - not something easily obtainable as kosher or halal. It was pricey but tasty.

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12318 posts

kebab houses are not necessarily (mostly not) halal, so please google halal. Kosher follows a lot of the same procedures and rules, but is not halal, so please google halal.

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12318 posts

Kosher foods not containing alcohol are also Halal

Not true in practice.

If one wanted to be safe with halal or kosher and there were no restaurants certified as such, then a vegetarian restaurant would work. And no, not a vegetarian meal at a restaurant that serves meat ... especially if you are keeping kosher.

The minute you introduce meat, you will have issues with kosher and halal. And no, despite the same basic treatment of the meat, the two are not interchangeable because of who must do the oversight, and in the case of kosher there is an issue with dairy separation.

So, if its halal you want, be a vegetarian or find a true halal restaurant or market. Same if you are looking for kosher.

G-d Bless & Peace

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14267 posts

Not exactly. While I am content to eat "vegetarian" at just about any restaurant, some of my religious friends will only eat at places that are kosher or vegan - there are kashrut issues with ingredients in vegetarian food.

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Posted by martinbobal1980---
Some of the tours companies like mine.......

This is the other post by this OP

Interesting that a tour operator does research in this manner.

Perhaps OP should go to a local mosque and find out where the members go when they eat out

Posted by
12318 posts

Chani, it does get complicated. This poor old pagan Baptist did his best. Seems 75% of my friends and associates are Jewish or Muslim so eating out is always a challenge. Surprisingly I know more BEM's than BEJ's.

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And I put the link and text up for "...this article lists the similarities and differences between the two laws. "

Rather than expecting the "rule of thumb" to be that accurate.

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7393 posts

Thank you James--- would have have been a long journey otherwise

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James, that reminds me of a friend of mine who loves to eat things porky, though I've never quite figured out if he really likes it better or if he's just doing it to be "anti." Anyway, on my first visit to Barcelona i learned about jamon iberico (walking tours and then the dozens and dozens hanging limbs at so many restaurants). On the day before my flight home, I went to the local purveyor around the corner that my B&B recommended to buy some to bring home for him. The array was extensive and I had no idea what to buy. I asked the butcher and he offered me tastes. When I said "no thank you" he wanted an explanation - when I said vegetarian, everyone laughed. My friend loved to gift.

If you come here, you'll be forced to eat kosher but I'll introduce you to some of our better wineries. When I come to you, you can eat whatever you like as long as we have separate plates. I have yet to go to a restaurant in Budapest where I didn't find yummy food to eat . . . except for one unfortunate meal at a kosher resto there!!

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Chani

With the circles I run in, its halal one day and kosher the next and given the shortage of both in my town that means I spend way too much time in vegetarian restaurants (I keep a bag of beef jerky in the glove box). Its all good. Well, when it comes to cholent sometimes I pull my Baptist privilege card and go for a hot meal. What little kosher I have had in Budapest hasn’t been all that impressive. Drop the “kosher” and the Jewish cooking in Budapest is freaking amazing.

I guess I will have to fly to Tel Aviv and visit, then we both go on to Budapest. Sounds like a good trip. My one visit to Israel was way too short; but exciting as I was “detained by authorities” at the airport and interrogated for an hours in-between stays in a holding room full of terrorists and mother stabbers. Then with a smile out of Fiddler on the Roof; “Welcome to ISRAEL!” WTF!? Well, I know why and sort of glad they are watching that closely. G-d Bless Them.

I hired my first Muslim employee about 10 years ago … the week before the office Christmas party. We do this white elephant thing where you draw a number and you pick what’s in a bag or you can steal a previous gift from someone else and they have to go pick what’s in the bag. Whoever draws first gets to swap what they got in the bag for anything in the room at the end of the game. Well, we use to let the employees bring the gifts in the bag, and they tended to be heavy on the booze and HR department inappropriate whatnots. So, I had the number drawing rigged to ensure the new hire got the first number. That way she could easily get rid of the booze (Muslims don’t drink … right?) or the box of HR Inappropriate late night entertainment support devices or …. ? I was terrified of being sued by my new hire on the first week on the job.

Yes, she ended up with a bottle of scotch, but as planned she was able to swap it away for anything in the room at the end. She grabbed a $100 bottle of tequila and was the happiest person in the party. She has since married a redneck and plays with guns and can tell you the difference between well cured bacon and the crummy stuff. I have come to love her like a daughter over the years. We now have 4 Muslims, 1 Jew, 2 Hindu, 1 Coptic and people representing 7 countries (and we only have 25 employees) so when the lockdown hits I can still travel by calling an office meeting. Moral of the story: hmmmmm, really not sure.

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James, thank you for that story. It made me laugh out loud at 9 am. Be well. Looking forward to Budapest.

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OK my story will pale compared to James's but here goes…
A friend of mine was planning a continuing Ed event of several days for a group of United methodist chaplains. One of them indicated on his menu preferences ( designed for food allergens) that he wanted halal food. My friend had to call him to inquire about this obvious discrepancy. The methodist chaplain said he just wanted to try it because he thought it would be interesting . My friend had to explain the incredible price point on his request, and the protestant chaplain did back down.

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The stories are great. Thanks James E.
But, back to the question, Google, TripAdvisor and blogs.
TripAdvisor has a list of top 10 Halal restaurants in Prague.
Google lists more options and even provides a map.
https://muslimtravelgirl.com/things-to-do-see-in-budapest-in-48-hours/ is a blog that may help, though as it was 2016, restaurants may have changed.
When looking for gluten free and vegetarian in Spain, I read the blogs for guidance.

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12318 posts

Sorry, I am going to do one more. I once put down Kosher food on a flight booking. I thought I might get something better than the usual garbage. Just how many nuts and figs can a I guy eat on a 9 hour flight. Never again. Okay, maybe it wasnt such a good idea on IranAir?

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I know the stories are off topic, but one of the beauties of this forum is its ability to broaden understandings; and enjoy a bit of levity at the same time. Before our office influx of Muslims and women we were an office of white male Texas rednecks with some pretty incorrect preconceptions. Diversity of environment, travel or living or work, helps to bridge the misunderstandings. And it worked both ways. The Muslims were just as incorrect about the rednecks as the rednecks were about the Muslims. Now both groups go home to, or write, their families and share the reality. Its a beautiful thing. The forum just provides the impetus to have another opportunity for this to occur. I would like to think that this is RS's Travel as a Political Act; not arguments over policy. You will do more to resolve those policy difference by knowing the other side, understanding what drives them, then you will arguing with and distaining those that disagree with you.

Besides the OP isnt coming back. Its ours now.

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1264 posts

James, I will gladly share my hummus with you, but I am not interested in any Texas stewed varmit. Still traumatized by the armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias.

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Missing OP? Bit of a worry! In any case this thread has definitely revealed a gap in my knowledge so I'll have spend some time checking out options. Any excuse to go and eat at El Emir and Jaffa again.

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14267 posts

James, I learned long ago never to order kosher food on flights. I usually go for Asian vegetarian.

I know all about rednecks - I've watched hours of Jeff Foxworthy :-)