While we each started with Czech beverages (champagne and beer), the meal was not particularly Czech. Wendy’s first course was a velouté of crab with a caviar and crème fraiche garnish (we’re talking about an entire tin of red caviar here—self serve—and I assumed it would be a teaspoon!).
You can never get too much foam in a meal which is why I closed it out with a cappuccino. Extra foam! That said, we have decided we will curtail the foam in future trips—we can get that in Chicago! Good thing we had a long walk back to the hotel—back across the Charles Bridge and another 20 minutes. But, the meal was lovely and worth every calorie (and Czech Crown).
The Indian option was a creative and welcome alternative to the usual smoked salmon appetizer (though that has been quite yummy). We went Czech with our mains—Wendy had roast duck with two types of cabbage and fresh herb dumplings...
Wayne had pork belly glazed with honey, barley risotto, and horse-radish flavored apple sauce.
For dessert: Wendy had tandoori pineapple with pistachio gelato and Wayne had four flavors of sorbet. Let’s just say steer away from tandoori pineapple, doesn’t work.
The menu was translated into 5 languages, but we didn’t feel like this was a “tourist” restaurant. And the experience did not disappoint. The décor was classic (and, in some respects, kitchy) Czech—with more duck-themed décor that we ever thought possible in one restaurant (four floors). As one would expect, the specialty was duck—with eight duck entrees to choose among. Here goes: (1) Roast duck with walnut stuffing, red and white cabbage, potato dumpling, (2) Roast duck with plum brandy sauce and potato pancakes, (3) Roast duck marinated with honey and apple brandy served with baked mashed potatoes (4) Roast duck with bacon brussel sprouts and garlic potato pancake, (5) confit duck roulade with liver and raw potato dumplings, (6) Flambeed duck breast spiked with dried apricots, red wine, and green pepper sauce with almond potato croquettes, (7) Duck breast roasted in ginger, marjoram, and bacon served with mashed potatoes, and (8) wild duck breasts spiked with Prague ham and cranberry sauce with raw potato dumplings. So, we had….. duck! Wendy had duck choice (2)...
and Wayne had duck choice (3).
We steered clear of duck for the appetizer and dessert courses—but enjoyed our choices. Wayne had a classic Czech wild mushroom/potato soup. Wendy had roast asparagus. For dessert, Wayne had the last piece of apple strudel he will probably have for six months as he is starting to resemble one and Wendy had fresh strawberries in puff pastry. It was a wonderful meal to close out our trip (and to precede the all clear liquid diet that will probably be necessary for the next two weeks).
We will be processing this voyage for some time. We have been in 5 countries, used 4 different currencies, seen some amazing things, eaten lots of great food (countless pierogis and strudels!), and really learned a lot about the history of this region, the saga of our ancestors, and the specifics about our family. Once again, thank you for joining us.