Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Céleste Restaurant, Prague

 Very unique Dancing house is one of the few new modern buildings in Prague. We were lucky enough to get a chance to dine all the way at the top of the Céleste Restaurant in a private dining room, from where we had spectacular views around us.
 Oh, and how is this for travelling in style?
 
From our hotel to the restaurant we took in this old tram, where we sipped mulled wine and listened to live harmonica music as we drove along the icy streets of Prague.
To start off the dinner there was an amuche bouche of Foie gras, followed by a beautiful bowl of 'Soup of coco beans from Paimpol with poached quail egg and Espelette pepper'.
For mains, 'Simmental beef fillet noisettes with white Swiss chard, black trompette and red wine sauce'. I kept closing my eyes when eating this, it had to be one of the best bits of meat I have ever had in my life.
To end this meal was 'Carpaccio of clementines, almond ice cream, orange blossom cream, orgeat white clouds and Amaretti biscuits', great harmony of almond and citrus flavours. And then there was cheese, which I'm not mad for.
Everything at Céleste is just fabulous: the venue, the view, food, service. Fabulous. They somehow manage to make you feel special without making you feel intimidated, and that's not an easy thing to do. If you appreciate good food and ever get to visit Prague you simply must eat here.
 staff's attention to detail

most efficient head waiter I've ever seen

delicious bread selection

Rašínovo Nábřeží 80, Prague 2 - 267 912 475 

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Kampa Park, Prague

A place to go celebrity spotting when in Prague is Kampa Park we were told. 'A favorite of local and international celebrities, this upscale restaurant delivers sumptuous gourmet cuisine' it says on their website.
 The restaurant is by the river and has a great view to the Charles Bridge. I can imagine how busy their outside tables would get on a warm summer day...
 'Beetroot salad with goat cheese profiteroles and beetroot vinaigrette' was my starter. A big portion of big flavours, beautifully presented.
 My main was 'Steamed salmon roll with cauliflower flan, green asparagus and sauce vierge' and everything on that plate was just perfect. Perfectly cooked and so, so tasty. I can still remember how it all tasted and that can't be a bad thing.
The dessert, 'Strawberry ravioli with strawberries, caramel and ivory chocolate mousse' was confusing me slightly as I still don't know where the ravioli was. What looked like ravioli was in fact the chocolate mousse, next to it was strawberries and caramel... but what the heck, it was so good that I wanted to lick my plate, so does it really matter?
I really liked this restaurants decor with light bulbs and feathers hanging from wires, walls painted in warm, earthy red and funky, modern tableware. The thing that left me wondering was that why is their menu not seasonal? Hmm...
  beautiful food presentation

waiting staff dressed in white

unique location

Na Kampe 8B, Prague 11800 - 296 826 102
 

Saturday, 18 December 2010

7 Angels, Prague

Our first night in Prague was cold and rainy so when we stepped into the warm and welcoming 7 Angels restaurant from the narrow streets of Prague's Old Town I felt like I would never want to go outside again.
Our meal started off with 'Aperitif Slivovitz', traditional Czech shot made from plums. I was feeling a bit under the weather because of a cold so I wasn't drinking at all, but I did knock it down and instantly felt miles better. It must have killed all the bugs in me!
 The shot was followed with 'Pate of venison with cranberries' that was lovely, two big slabs of what tasted like homemade pate and a selection of homemade, freshly baked bread to go with it.
Main course 'Roast duck served with potato dumplings and red cabbage' was a heavy plate of no-nonsense food. Duck was overcooked and dry, dumplings not seasoned enough and you could not have put anymore cabbage on the plate. But we were later told that this is the way Czech would expect to have their portions put together.
For pudding it was 'Apple strudel' and there was a silence around the table when everybody was tucking into their desserts, the lady next to me said that she wanted to lick her plate! Food here was not so amazing, but the company and atmosphere made up for it, so overall it was a very enjoyable night.
   authentic Czech restaurant

warm&romantic atmosphere

live gypsy music 

Jilská 20 Prague 1 - Staré Město - +420 224 234 381

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Wok to Walk, London

Hunger is a terrible, terrible thing. When it strikes, I can get quite narky, as can Mr Lovable. We never argue, but when we get hungry, things might get a bit nasty between us. This happened after a long day in London, when we were wandering around Soho in the freezing cold weather, hoping to find somewhere nice and quick to eat.
Funnily enough I was hoping for steaming hot noodles when I saw the logo for Wok to Walk. We went there when in Barcelona and ever since that I have been hoping that they would open in UK. And now they have: in London, Cardiff and Glasgow!
The way they work is this: first choose your base from a selection of noodles or rice, then your favourites (meat, vegetables and so on) and then your sauce... and it's all cooked in front of you. Before you realise you will have a box full of tasty wok in your hands. My portion had Udon noodles, chicken breast, pineapple, baby corn, roasted peanuts and garlic&black pepper sauce, it was so good!
  Now I can go to their Glasgow branch and keep my fingers crossed that they would one day open in Edinburgh as well.
 brilliant concept

always fresh

very affordable and very tasty 

4 Brewer st, Soho, London, W1F 0SB - 020 7287 8464  
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Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Wee Restaurant, North Queensferry

The heavy snowfall in Scotland this December took us all by surprise. There was lots of it. So much that it caused all sorts of of trouble: airports closed, trains delayed and people not being able to get to work or get on with their everyday lives.
 We had a table booked for our birthday dinner at The Wee Restaurant, in North Queensferry, and on a Sunday night we walked into an empty restaurant. Everybody else had canceled their reservations because of the weather! A table of two appeared later on and I heard them saying that they lived just across the road.
This small restaurant with big reputation sits underneath the Forth Rail Bridge and has got a 'Bib Gourmand Award' from Michelin, amongst other awards.
 My starter was 'Baked Chavignol goats cheese crottini with apple, celeriac and hazelnut salad', strong flavours and beautiful presentation.
When everyone else ordered steaks and I went for 'Slow cooked veal brisket with garlic mash, petit pois and Pancetta jus'. Everybody enjoyed their mains, only mine could have done with a bit more meat... but the mash was smooth and garlicky and sauce full of flavour.
 Mr Lovable and I shared a very nice, gooey 'Baked chocolate fondant with homemade vanilla ice cream and Griottine cherries' for dessert and I only realised now, writing this, that there was no cherries on the plate. Did the chef simply forget or had they run out of them?
 Food and venue were spot on, service maybe a bit on the slow side but still very attentive&polite. So well worth the short drive from Edinburgh when fancying somewhere nice for dinner.
 menus made from old wine boxes

 short and seasonal menu

 small, intimate venue
17  Main Street, North Queensferry, KY11 1JG - 01383 61 62 63
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