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Prague's Gutbuster Breakfasts

Prague's Gutbuster Breakfasts

A look at six of Prague's Full English Breakfasts

Prague's Gutbuster Breakfasts

Prague's Gutbuster Breakfasts

A look at six of Prague's Full English Breakfasts

Published 23.11.2011
Last updated 08.11.2013

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The details are sketchy. Nobody really knows how and when the English started combining the glorious elements that make up the Full English Breakfast as we know it today. If we look back to the 17th Century, the English brekkie consisted of ale, bread, and beef. Not quite the greasy, fat-filled, calorific start to a long day of farming.  By the 18th century, Irish pigs had taken up residence in Wiltshire, of all places, which guaranteed a steady supply of pork for curing. Over time, local butchers developed a method of curing half pork sides in a brine solution, which was known as the ‘Wiltshire cure’. This low-salt, slightly sweet bacon was a big hit. Eating breakfast had become more elaborate and complicated by the 19th century, with rich households consuming cold joints of meat, broiled mackerel, game pies, sausages, bacon and eggs, toast, muffins, and tea and coffee for the most important meal of the day.

These days, you should expect to have sausages, eggs, beans, bacon, mushrooms, fried or grilled tomatoes, and hash browns (if you’re lucky!).  I consumed six full English breakfasts over the course of six weeks to bring you this article. Some of the breakfasts were amazing, some not so good, others just plain strange.  Armed with a camera to document each breakfast, I set out on the mammoth task to find the best full English breakfast in the city. Each breakfast has received a mark out of 5 (5 being the crème de la crème and 0 being the dog’s dinner of full English breakfasts). 

Neo Palladium Café
Palladium Shopping Center - Ground Floor
Náměstí Republiky 1, Prague 1

English breakfast:  Fried English bacon, sausage, baked mushrooms and eggs, spicy big beans, tomato, bread. One drink - coffee with milk, cocoa, or tea – 185 CZK
Open: Sunday - Wednesday 8:30 – 17:00. Thursday - Saturday 8:30 – 10:00.

Neo Palladium Café
Neo Palladium Café

Palladium’s Neo Café offers one of the cheapest ‘Full English’ brekkies from the group at 185 CZK. On paper, you seem to get you a lot for your money. I was intrigued by the ‘baked mushrooms’ and ‘spicy beans’ while reading the menu, and decided to bite the bullet and take the plunge. Neo Café’s English breakfast is a strange one: there were no traditional baked beans, but strange spicy butter beans served in an unusual, oily tomato sauce. No toast but slices of French bread! The sausages were more like frankfurters: salty and garlicky with a pretty unpleasant taste that lingered. The only saving grace was the mushrooms and the bacon: rashers of crispy bacon served under a seasoned fried egg (sunny-side up). The baked tomato was watery and tasteless, adding no extra ‘fry up points’ to this unorthodox ‘English breakfast’. Neo Cafe offers one free hot drink with the breakfast, which is a good touch, but unfortunately a free hot drink wasn’t enough to warm me to this unconventional Full English breakfast.

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Key Words: Strange, cheap, one free drink, butter beans, oily, no condiments offered.

Jáma Restaurant
V Jámě 7, Prague 1

English breakfast
: Special Potato fries, roasted tomatoes, two eggs prepared according to your wish, Heinz beans, three barbecue English sausages, home potatoes, toast, and crunchy bacon – 199 CZK
Available only during weekends (11:00 – 17:00)

Jáma Restaurant
Jáma Restaurant

I was looking forward to this breakfast. Jama have catered for Prague’s expat community in the food and beer department for years, so my expectations were high. Unfortunately, they weren’t met. The breakfast was greasy and tasteless. Greasy hash browns, greasy sausages and the unexpected greasy potato wedges (‘home potatoes’). The beans tasted like Heinz and condiments were plentiful, which was a blessing as lots were needed to eat this breakfast. My eggs were cooked over-easy without any preparation options offered, which was a bit irritating especially since the menu states that they will be cooked to your preference. One slice of white toast was served without any butter. In conclusion, an average-priced, tasteless, grease-filled experience which left me feeling pretty grossed out after eating.

Prague's Gutbuster Breakfasts

Key Words: Greasy, tasteless, weekends only]

JJ Murphy’s

Tržište 4, Prague 1

The Full Fry Up: Irish bacon & sausages, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes, hash browns, fried eggs & toast (300g) – 295 CZK
Open: Daily from 9:00 - Served all day!

JJ Murphy’s
JJ Murphy’s

JJ Murphy’s 295 CZK breakfast was one of the few Full English breakfasts that came with black pudding (a type of congealed blood sausage), and white pudding (similar in texture and taste to black pudding, without the blood). The (Heinz) beans were served in a separate bowl, which proved useful as the plate was pretty full. The sausages were thin and a little on the measly side, but tasty, with an herby flavour. The hash browns were a little overdone and really greasy, which let the meal down a little bit. The bacon was also disappointing. It was quite rubbery, rather than crispy. My eggs were served sunny side up, the bright yellow yolks perfect for dunking my two slices of white bread.

It was an average Full English for the 295 CZK cost; there was nothing special about, it in my opinion. If you’re a lover of black or white pudding then this breakfast might be the choice for you. Otherwise, I’m afraid there wasn’t anything else that impressed me for such a high price.

Key Words: Black pudding, white pudding, separate beans, Heinz beans, bottled condiments offered.

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Rocky o’Reilly’s
Rocky o’Reilly’s

Rocky o’Reilly’s
Štěpánská 32, Prague 1

Full Irish breakfast: Two eggs, Heinz beans, hash browns, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, toast & butter – 295 CZK
Open: 7 days, 10:00 till late - Served All Day!

A very tasty and filling breakfast! Served with plenty of crispy bacon and equally crispy (over-cooked) mushrooms, which would be my only culinary complaint. The Heinz beans were served in a small glass bowl, giving the whole fry up an air of class, which I liked! The eggs were served sunny-side up with deliciously light hash browns, which were crispy and crunchy on the outside and not too greasy on the inside. The sausages were cooked well, with a spicy, herby taste. The Full English is served with toast and butter but without a separate plate which meant having to negotiate the food around my plate as to make space. A minor problem but the extra plate would have made life easier while eating. In conclusion, Rocky O’Reilly’s brekkie is a fresh-tasting, greaseless Full English with an unexpected touch of class!

Prague's Gutbuster Breakfasts

Key Words:  Heinz beans, crispy bacon, hash browns, overcooked mushrooms.

Bohemia Bagel (Old Town)

Masná 2
Prague 1 - Staré město
+420 224 812 560

Full Monty
: two fried eggs, American bacon, sausage links, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms & a mini bagel – 179 CZK

Bohemia Bagel (Old Town)
Bohemia Bagel (Old Town)

Bohemia bagel’s Full Monty doesn’t actually claim to be a ‘Full English Breakfast’, but it has all of the necessary elements so I decided to give it a whirl.  On arrival, the breakfast was well presented, perhaps the best presentation when compared to the other breakfasts I wolfed down for this article. In my opinion, the beans were the only element that let the Full Monty’s appearance down: mushy, in a refried style, with slices of onion and bacon rather than the expected traditional baked beans. That said, they were tasty nonetheless. The two sausages looked plain but were surprisingly tasty and full of flavour, and the same could be said for the mushrooms. The American bacon was crispy and well-cooked, and could easily be mistaken for English! Two eggs were cooked over-easy but still had a runny yolk, which was a pleasant surprise.  A fair-priced, well-rounded, non-greasy ‘English Breakfast’ with a pleasantly unique twist. I just wanted a little bit more of everything!

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Key Words: Well-presented, fair price, mashed beans, self-service condiments

Banditos Restaurant

Melounová 1654/2
Prague 2 - Vinohrady, 120 00
+ 420 224 941 096

Full English breakfast: Two eggs, 3 hash browns, beans, tomatoes, two sausages, two rashes of bacon, mushrooms, and toast – 245 CZK
Served daily 9:00 – 18:00

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At 245 CZK, Banditos’ Full English comes as the second most expensive brekkie in the group. 245 CZK seems like a lot of money to spend on breakfast in my opinion, but I have to say that their Full English is worth every crown! A flavour-filled, fry-up delight! You’d be hard pushed to find a better full English breakfast in England let alone Prague. Eggs cooked sunny-side up, Heinz beans served with perfectly cooked mushrooms. Thick fluffy hash browns, a well-grilled tomato, and lightly crispy bacon. The breakfast had the perfect levels of grease without feeling to heavy on the tummy. This might be a good option after a heavy night. Bump up your salt and sugar levels with this super-sized brekkie. Brown toast served with butter, condiments readily served on request. A high-priced, but high-quality traditional English breakfast.

Prague's Gutbuster Breakfasts

Key Words: Tasty, high price, high quality, big

Hash Browns — Shredded, diced, or riced pieces of potato, pan fried or oven cooked
Sunny side up — An egg cooked only on one side. The yolk has a liquid texture with the egg white often still a bit runny. Can also be called 'eggs up'.
Over-easy – An egg cooked on both sides.


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Comment from: Dr. RockzoPublished: 04:06:11 15.12.2011
wow that is some overpriced breakfast!
Dave (Guest)Published: 11:06:15 02.12.2011
Interesting and balanced reviews although, I think you caught Jama on a bad day, the way that they pile up their breakfast into a tower of cholesterol has made it my breakfast of choice for many years. One thing I have never really understood though is, can't anyone make a breakfast just a little bit cheaper in Prague? Back in England, FEBs were cheap alchohol sponges. I understand there's a limited amount of places to get decent bacon and snags but, beans, eggs and bread are all pretty cheap. Just a little more value for money would be fair I think.
Comment from: Good_WillPublished: 08:27:54 28.11.2011
Full English Breakfasts include baked beans by mandate from God, not wikipedia. :) Heinz make baked beans but so do Tesco amongst others. I really don't care who makes them but things like baked beans with chilli/onion/pork have no place in what is widely regarded as a traditional FEB.
Comment from: jonkarelPublished: 11:17:45 28.11.2011
Okay fearnie, just because we consume more baked beans than any other country doesn't mean that Heinz baked beans labeled for the UK are baked beans. Heinz is actually an American company by the way. Also, The US Pork and beans don't contain any pork(sounds familiar doesn't it?). You've probably never had (real) baked beans - they're baked. Cut that anti-American crap. You embarrass us proper Brits.
Stevie (Guest)Published: 04:32:56 25.11.2011
the article should be called the best fry ups coz most of them don't constitute an English breakfast, and the writer should have done some more research. he is very vague on the history of the fry up. I found on Wiki pedia that a guy named Edward Bernay put fried eggs together with bacon to encourage people to buy more Bacon, and from there on the Full English no doubt
Comment from: animaleyes76Published: 01:03:35 25.11.2011
Probably why they're called "Beans"
Comment from: animaleyes76Published: 10:52:35 25.11.2011
Apart from there's no pork in the UK Heinz beans.... only beans....
Comment from: jonkarelPublished: 09:12:39 24.11.2011
The baked beans on the Bohemia Bagels breakfast look like real baked beans,(at least from the picture) which are made with onions and bacon. The Heinz baked beans in England are called Pork and Beans in the U.S. and labeled as baked beans for the English market. When in the U.S., Brits will buy Heinz baked beans in the supermarket and then are disappointed when they get the "real thing". Bottom line - Brits don't know baked beans.
Comment from: Good_WillPublished: 12:28:25 24.11.2011
Pretty obvious that the reviewer is English. I like my eggs "over easy" but that doesn't mean I'm an American. Hash browns have been introduced to the staple FEB at both the Happy Eater and Little Chef chains in the UK, but I personally dislike them so ask for a substitute of whatever's available for them, whether it be extra sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms or beans. If nothing else is available then just ask the waiter/waitress for the hash browns to be fed to the "guest posters" on expats. You know. The people below who seem fast to judge but offer nothing constructive. :)
Comment from: John CoanPublished: 10:34:43 23.11.2011
why are you doing this?
joe shmoe (Guest)Published: 08:49:18 23.11.2011
JJ's is waaay overpriced for what you get and usually the bacon is undercooked! since the Chef left, the food has steadily gone downhill...
guestie (Guest)Published: 06:03:50 23.11.2011
dude. reviewer is English. So clearly you are wrong.
Comment from: NutsterPublished: 05:39:24 23.11.2011
seems a bit harsh on JJs. I've always enjoyed their breakfasts and the picture looks like a winner!
Comment from: britishrosePublished: 05:17:13 23.11.2011
Great article and photos, thanks! Will be useful to refer to during the next hangover!
Ed (Guest)Published: 03:01:46 23.11.2011
I believe the review is American also. Hash browns are not part of a traditional English breakfast (they are American) and it should always contain black pudding therefore only one is even near qualified. Bagels also do not go with them it. It should always be toast and fried bread, which none seem to offer. I imagine that most of the venues are not owned or managed by English people. Bohemian Bagel is the only place I have gone back to more than once for an English "style" breakfast, which I have always missed terribly, but I still wouldn't label it as being English. The best bet is to go to Robinsons and buy the ingredients to make your own. There is no other way in Prague.
Comment from: Good_WillPublished: 02:58:45 23.11.2011
I'd agree with Banditos which narrowly edges it over JJ Murphy's for me, but The James Joyce (formerly Molly Malone's) deserves an honourable mention, or at least a mention too.
dan (Guest)Published: 02:45:41 23.11.2011
You pedantic comments are pathetic. Get a life you losers
paul l (Guest)Published: 02:02:03 23.11.2011
The reviewer is English - don't you just love it when someone does their best to be smart
Comment from: John CoanPublished: 01:59:16 23.11.2011
describing fried eggs as 'over easy' suggests the reviewer was an AMERICAN - hardly qualified to rate ENGLISH breakfasts sort yourself out,