20th June 2019 update: The restaurant has been sold and is currently closed.
This restaurant is on a hidden street not far from IP Pavlova metro station. The name and theme is around a Czech opera singer called Emmy Destinn. The theme only extends to a pictures of Emmy on the walls – none of her songs are played, although maybe that is a good thing as I’ve never heard her sing, nor are there any drinks or dishes named after her. The decor is traditional rather than trendy.
We had a surf and turf tasting-style menu. This consisted of a choice of delicious starters followed by tuna and steak (was supposed to be served together but we asked for each to be a course) and a choice of desert.
The wine list has some good quality wines, we had Chianti Riserva DOCG – Palazzo Desti (795 Kč). The waiter decanted this into a decanter with a large circular base, swirled the wine around and left it to breathe before serving. We’ve had this with a different red wine on a previous visit and it’s quite a nice show.
The waiter asked how we would like our Tuna and Steak. I asked if the Tuna was sashimi-grade and he said it was – so we chose almost rare. There’s plenty of Tuna out there and the majority of it has to be cooked all the way through, sometimes making it quite dry. So we were really happy to find such good quality Tuna on the menu.
We had the steak medium rare as the restaurant is well-known for having some of the best steak in Prague.
Both Tuna and Steak were excellent and we made the right choice by not having them served together.
We both had a great crème brûlée for desert.
Our only complaint was that we were charged 35 Kč for the bread that was brought to our table. I found it surprising and quite cheeky that such a high-end restaurant would charge for bread.
I’d recommend this place if you feel like splashing out.
U Emy Destinnové
Kateřinská 7, 120 00, Praha 2
+420 224 918 425
Mo – Fr 11:00 – 23:00
Sat 18:00 – 23:30