As they say themselves, the restaurant owners, the Djorem family from Sarajevo, cultivate a culinary tradition of a country that no longer exists. Luka Lu draws on the cuisines of all the constituent parts of former Yugoslavia and adds an Italian touch to them.
The restaurant appears to be the Balkan embodiment of magic realism: bold colours, flowers, parrots in cages, and trinkets sticking out of the least expected nooks and crannies.
Grilled dishes make up most of the menu at Luka Lu. The pljeskavica, made from of minced meat spiced up with chilli peppers, is renowned, as is the equally flavoursome čevapčiči (Balkan-style sausages). You can also order very tender sliced veal, chicken stuffed with spinach and gorgonzola, strongly-flavoured lamb sausages, calamari, and prawns.
At this imaginative establishment, situated at the bottom of Petřín Hill and close to Kampa park, you’ll feel that it’s always a public holiday, no matter what the calendar says. For at Luka Lu, the celebrations go on and on.
Located in the Lesser Town, Luka Lu is a favourite spot of many famous people. The late president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, frequented the restaurant, also a favourite of evergreen local singing star Karel Gott. Other actors and singers also enjoy a meal here. And when Lou Reed and Joan Baez visited Prague, the restaurant opened its doors to them.Anaïs