Prague is a charming city with countless architectural wonders, but if you know me now, you know that there are no great sights without pairing with some of the best restaurants in the city. Here I describe some highlights of my trip to Prague!
La tasting (Dinner)
Starting with the namesake for this contribution, we ate dinner on our first evening in this reserved, Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the old town (east side of the Vltava), which specializes in modern twists on traditional Czech cuisine. The ambience was cozy and reserved and seemed to focus on the kitchen and the guests. As is typical for such restaurants, there was only a fixed tasting menu (with optional wine pairing), which of course changes with the seasons. When we visited, the menu was as follows:
The best way to describe the courses at La Degustation is to have an excellent execution in terms of simplicity. There are no more than 2-3 ingredients listed per course, and yet the harmony of these pieces was unlike anything we had before. Courses that were familiar to us (i.e. pork neck, duck) were expected to be delicious, while even things that we normally refrain from (i.e. beet root, cabbage) taught us the depth of the flavors that come from this Simplicity won, really surprised. The crowd was more than enough and we went away and were very happy with the overall experience.
We chose Asian cuisine on our second evening and visited Sansho – also in the old town near La Degustation. The restaurant prides itself on being a “whole animal” kitchen, which basically means that all parts of an animal from nose to tail are somehow integrated into the full meal. Despite my relatively adventurous palate, I was a little hesitant about how some of the non-traditional parts of the animals would be prepared, but I was pleasantly surprised that nothing was unfavorably exotic.
With that in mind, I have to be honest that nothing else was overwhelmingly memorable. We certainly appreciated the chef’s recognition for a diverse selection of Pan-Asian cuisines in his interpretation, but similar to our experience at Tim Raue in BerlinThe food offering was solid, but nothing to write home about. Still, we loved breaking up the monotony of European dishes with some proven Asian dishes like a softshell crab bao.
No trip to Prague would be complete without one of the local street food favorites – Trdelnik. I mentioned this snack in my other post (Prague Guide), but this is a “spit cake” or “chimney cake” that consists of fried dough in the shape of a funnel, coated with sugar, and often filled with chocolate or ice cream. We have this from multiple dealerships across the city and also from the Nice food coffee and bakerywho has several unique recipes and twists for this classic snack. You don’t have to be pampered as much as I am, but don’t miss it while walking around!
VENUE (Breakfast / brunch)
It’s a bit out of order here, but this breakfast place deserves a mention for its excellent range of traditional breakfasts (bacon and eggs, omelets, French toast) to more modern, millennial dishes like avocado toast! We opted for a mix of healthy and pampering (banana oatmeal, avocado toast, mushroom + bacon + egg plate) and enjoyed every bite. Depending on when you leave, there will likely be a queue that took around 35 minutes to get a table, so it might be worth calling ahead to reserve a table!
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