by Krys T
Somerset, United Kingdom
November 3, 2005
It's off the beaten track, down a little side street, in the basement. There's a main bar area that you walk through to the restaurant area - which is decorated with funky creatures, odd artwork, changing exhibits of photos, and with two funky ceiling lights that look like cast-iron fans, but aren't.
We sat on one side, under a window, which proved to be a minor mistake, as later on it got distinctly chilly. However, as it can get pretty smoky down here, the added ventilation was probably a good idea.
Service was a bit variable - initially there were two waitresses and the barman serving, but one of the girls went off shift, and as the place got busier, service definitely slowed down, and getting some attention was tricky.
Notwithstanding that - let's get to the meal. We had dark beers, fizzy water, and juice.
To start we shared sprats and mayo, and Prague ham with gherkin, pickled chillies, etc. - all very nice and plentiful. For mains - the kids split a spaghetti bolognese, which went down very well. Hubby had what called itself filet mignon, but was probably a large chunk of port, with a potato auphinoise thing - very yummy whatever. My Thai beef salad appeared as a chicken Caesar salad, so I sent it back, and it reappeared as it should have been a while later steaming hot - which is good. It wasn't quite as nice as last time - less piquant - but filling and tasty enough.
We ordered coffee and dessert at the same time in an attempt to speed things up a little. Inevitably, coffee arrived first - but it was good coffee, and hey - who says food has to be eaten in a set order, anyway?
Desserts were creme brulee, an apple dumpling thing, poached pears, and chocolate cake. Youngest's choc cake disappeared at the speed of light, so it must have been good. The pears were a little under done, and eldest thinks that putting walnuts and berries on top of creme brulee is wrong...but overall, pretty good.
The bill for all this came to 1075CzK - which is cheap - and barring the odd niggle, it was pretty much as good as last time. Service-wise, I guess it's a minor victim of its budget eat reputation, which makes it popular - it was full even on a Thursday night.
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