Sunday, July 1, 2012

Food porn for a last lunch in Prague


For a last lunch before flying out of Prague today, I wanted good food and a great view. I was also short for time since I'd had my spa treatments in the morning and I hadn't packed a single thing yet. I had a whole walk-in closet to fit into one suitcase in a matter of 90 minutes after lunch -- assuming I finished lunch at about 230 PM -- as I needed to start heading out to Prague's airport by 4 PM.

So it was a no brainer to try the CottoCrudo restaurant of the Four Seasons Prague, where I was staying. My friends and I had been going all over the city trying some of Prague's best restaurants (including the riverside restaurant that reportedly had US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in raptures, and also Prague's fanciest restaurant halfway up a hill) so I'd not had the time yet for a proper meal at CottoCrudo.

However, my friend J, jaded expert on everything, had messaged me at the start of my Czech trip with lots of unasked input on the Czech food scene. He'd recommended the restaurant at the Four Seasons as one of the decent places to eat in Prague. I found a whole lot of other places as well, but let me talk about lunch at the Four Seasons Prague today.

SECOND TIME AROUND




What a wonderful lunch it was, although I'd ordered nothing Czech this time.

For my starter, I really couldn't decide on what to eat as everything looked wonderful. But I eventually decided on a plate of oysters fin de claire-style, and a plate of very fresh burrata from Puglia in Italy.

I had the burrata first so that my palate was still clean. It was served only with a dash of sea salt on it and on the juicy cherry tomatoes that accompanied them -- and the burrata was so soft and creamy that it practically dripped out of the external covering.

I was in raptures, and I ate everything on the plate. In fact, I liked it so much that I canceled the beef cheeks in red wine sauce that I'd ordered for a main course to have the burrata one more time.

The beef cheeks in red wine sauce is actually the chef's specialty at the Four Seasons Prague, but I was already in seventh heaven with the burrata and I could not get enough of it.

The oysters too were lovely. I know it's the wrong thing to have in a landlocked country like the Czech Republic, but I really felt like having oysters today. How wonderful these were.

LOBSTERS IN A LANDLOCKED COUNTRY



For a first main course, I asked the waiter what he recommended. Without hesitation, he said that the fresh handmade tagliatelle with lobster was very good -- so this is what I ordered. I don't usually like handmade pasta except for very specific sauces, but this one that arrived today was so nicely al dente and the sauce went very well with it.

The second course arrived, and it was my burrata again. What joy it was to have this burrata for a second time around. I'm sure it has something to do with why my cholesterol is high right now as I'm sitting in the airport lounge at Czech airport typing this blog out, but I don't care. I just couldn't miss this opportunity.

Dessert was a beautiful Valrhona tart, full of flavor and none of the usual sweetness. Again, a joy to have and the perfect way to end our Czech soujourn.



BACK TO REALITY



Lunch was over too soon and I hurried back up to my room to pack my life into my luggage. I had 90 minutes and two rooms of stuff to find space for. I put my iPod on the dock, turned it to the song "Hopeless" by Dionne Farris (which is the song I currently like), and started packing. With all the stuff around, you would've thought I wouldn't make it

But here I am typing this out in the lounge, waiting for my flight. Goodbye for now, Czech Republic. You certainly captured our heart.



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