Roesel Beer & Cake
Beer and pizza. Beer and French fries. Beer and a burger. Beer and cake? No that's not a typo, and I know what you're thinking. But before you write off the idea of a sweet, delicious piece of dessert and a bitter, aromatic IPA (for example), please hear me out.
Located only steps away from Charles Bridge and one of the busiest (touristy) streets in Prague, Roesel Beer & Cake is quite literally a hidden gem. If you don't know what you're looking for, there's a likely chance you'll walk right by as you're busy ogling over gift shop windows and overpriced menus.
Out of sight at the end of a long passageway, several signs and arrows point you toward Roesel's quaint, little courtyard. If you didn't know you were in the heart of one of Europe's largest cities, you'd probably think you were sitting comfortably (and quietly) in someone's suburban backyard. Rid of any noises from the street, you have the option to sit outside at one of the several tables, or relax inside their modest cafe.
*Disclaimer: Please note that I don't recommend you follow signs pointing toward "free candy" or "glory hole", but "craft beer" is perfectly fine.
Roesel doesn't offer a huge selection, but what they lack in quantity the certainly make up for in quality. When I went they had 2 beers on draft from Pivovar Clock: Clock 12° American Pale Ale (APA) and Clock Hector 10°. The APA had a beautiful, golden color and tropical aroma. It had a strong bitterness but was well balanced with the fruity and malty flavor. A nice beer to have on draft for summer. Surprisingly (because I do love my APAs), I preferred the Clock Hector 10°, a light draft. Maybe it was because I ate it with cake, but I preferred the light floral and herbal scent and take on the traditional Czech lager. It was extremely drinkable and refreshing.
They also offer a small selection of bottled beers.
Roesel offers a nice little selecetion of homemade dips and soups served with fresh bread, light snacks and an assortment freshly baked sweets. I had the tangy tzatziki dip with veggies and fellow Beer Geek had something similar to pulled pork (minus the BBQ). We also tried the house sausage with mustard and onion. It. Was. Awesome.
After the first round of beers and small plates, it was time for dessert. Besides my affinity for beer, I also suffer from a crippling sweet tooth. However, when I'm drinking craft beer or any alcohol for that matter, I tend to crave salty and savory over sweet- I think most people would agree. But I have to say, Roesel might be on to something. I opted for a piece of the traditional Czech Babovka, or bundt cake, with chocolate and banana and side of whipped cream. It was incredibly fresh and..."moist" (cringe) and just the perfect amount of sweetness. Not too rich and full of flavor. I'm not sure if cake and beer pairing is a thing, but if I had to I'd definitely recommend eating this bad boy along with the Clock Hector 10°.
Overall, Roesel Beer & Cake is a charming little cafe that serves up some great beer and truly homemade dishes made with lots of love. If you find yourself in Prague or walking the streets of Malá Strana (Lesser Town), break away from the crowd and follow the arrows to your hoppy, sweet paradise.