Sorry again for the hiatus. It's hard to believe it, but I am graduating in 3 weeks. It kinda sucks that everyone will be separated for good, but I do look forward to living in San Francisco again.
It turns out the what I think was probably the best meal of our trip landed on our last night in Prague. It was at a restaurant named Cerny Kohout, which had a reputation for good cooking with modern Czech touches. The place was empty when we went - we actually had the entire place to ourselves for the whole night. I can't fathom why, as the food was delicious, the downstairs dining room was comfortable and elegant, and the staff was super friendly. I had arranged a tasting menu via email because it was gonna be our big last night in Prague, and it turned out to be an absolute steal. We got all of the following for 1200 crowns, which is about $50 a head.
According to Google, zander is a pike-perch hybrid. I've never seen the fish before, and it turned out to be a pretty normal-tasting white fish, with a pretty mild flavor and slightly flaky texture. It was served chilled, and was a nice light opener.
I wish I'd asked more details about what the name of this dish means. This was, I think one of the superstar dishes of the entire trip. They seem to do a great job with soups in general around the region, and this soup was a perfect example. It had a very intense, hearty flavor from the pork and cabbage. The cream was thankfully very light-handed, and the potatoes added just the right bit of texture. Definitely one of the best soups I've ever had.
This dish was another highlight of the trip, and maybe even better than the soup. The pate wasn't as gamey as I'd expected, and tasted quite like a French country pate. Surrounding it with that beautiful, flaky crust may have been the best idea ever... I'm salivating just looking at it.
This was a very nicely done duck breast, and easily bested Kampa Park's. It had an interesting mix of flavors going on with the sweetness and the ginger. The meat itself was perfect - juicy, tender, and flavorful.
This veal was good, but not as good as the rest. It may have been because I was getting pretty damn full at this point. The Prague stuffing was an egg-based filling with some ham, sort of like a quiche I guess. The rosemary souffle was a tasty cross between a pancake and a frittata, if that makes any sense. The meat got slightly dry at the end.
I was pretty stuffed, but with a couple of courses still coming I had to soldier on. This was quite an interesting dessert - I loved the blueberry cake, which had a warm, gooey blueberry top with a delicious crust. The plum dumpling was too heavy for me though. I didn't like it much either; it was kind of like one of those Chinese-style sweet soup dumplings. Chewy, doughy, and not really my thing for a hot dessert. I'd rather have munched down that cake with some good vanilla ice cream... :)
The cheese came last, a little different than in France, but it was a cheese-fruit preparation so maybe that's why. I was really quite stuffed at this point, but still managed to gobble up the cheese pear thing. The mild cheese was actually melted onto the pear, and the couple made a great combo.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Cerny Kohout to anyone visiting Prague. We had 7 courses (8 if you count the not-pictured, fairly substantial salad that came with the mains) for $50, and the food was just delicious. I still can't believe we were the only customers of the night, but hey, the service was completely focused on us. They were professional and attentive, without giving that feeling of being constantly watched which I sometimes get when a restaurant is empty. Great food, great value.