Overwhelmed by the mobs of tourists on the Charles Bridge, I escaped to the tranquility of the Four Seasons and the Cotto Crudo restaurant. The view from the outdoor patio was absolutely lovely and lunch was just the reprieve I was hoping for.
￼￼￼￼￼￼Cuttlefish carpaccio with soya honey reduction and caviar
Pan seared tuna, panzanella salad, crispy bread, red wine vinegar emulsion
Evidently Tretter’s was inspired by NY bars of the 1920s which was evident in much of the decor. The drink menu was quite lengthy and my cocktails well made. But as somebody who has been bothered by cigarette smoke my whole life I will admit that I kind of couldn’t wait to get out of here. I’m not sure I could ever get used to this aspect of so many places in Europe.
I’ve often said that you can tell a lot about a restaurant based on how they treat solo diners. I had what I thought was the best table in the restaurant with a perfect view of the open kitchen. La Degustation’s modern take on Czech cuisine was fantastic with some truly surprising courses such as the tomato sauce with mustard (amazing!). The wine pairings were all very interesting and made for an overall lovely meal.
trout, egg, dill, buttermilk
tomato sauce, mustard, honey
skubanky, poppy seeds, prague ham
poultry giblets, semoline puree, corn
beef tongue, yellow pea, apple
olomoucke tvaruzky, caraway seeds