Prague – 5/2/15 – Cotto Crudo, Tretters and La Degustation

Cotto Crudo
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

Tretter’s Bar
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.

Le Degustation
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

Prague – 5/1/15 – Sansho

I escaped the mobs of tourists for a calmer area of town and dinner at Sansho.  Far removed from the more traditional restaurants of Prague, Sansho has communal tables and one set menu served family style.  Unfortunately there was no printed menu (at least that I remember) and I took no notes which I blame on jet lag.  I definitely benefited as a solo diner and often seemed to receive the portion for 2 people of several of the dishes.  Service was excellent and I still can’t get over what a value this meal was.   I loved it so much that I seriously considered going back for lunch the next day and am kicking myself for not doing so for the soft shell crab slider alone.

Love the extra touch of flavored water  Salmon sashimi
 Smoked Trout 
Pork Belly Pepper Sauce
Soft shell crab slider
Penang Curry