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Originally a cheap canteen frequented by workers from nearby offices, Lidová jídelna has become a cult venue for tourists wishing to sample Czech food at local prices. And the staff at Koruna soon got used to the visitors – in their own idiosyncratic way. The oft-repeated catchphrase of one of the ladies behind the counters has become legendary. A foreign customer comes in, and recognising the usual order, the server asks: “Red, white or brown sauce (meaning tomato sauce, the creamy sauce served with beef sirloin, or gravy, as served in typical Czech dishes)?”