Hungry for European fare but a few airmiles short of a ticket? Bistro Praha has you covered within city limits. After returning to Bistro Praha from a 3 year hiatus it is always good to know the consistency is there and the flavours are as vivid as you remembered. The meals so sinfully delicious when they relocated, due to a fire, they had to be closer to a church.
The roasted duck (or goose when available) is amazing as always, coming out picture perfect and served on a warmed plate. When you bring your utensils down on your meal the browned skin speckled with fennel seeds and spice breaks away revealing tender meat beneath that beads with its own juices in anticipation. There is no need to really “cut” into the meat as it can just as easily be pulled away in succulent threads. With a bit of the warm seasoned skin to go along with your first bite and enjoy. Now even though the roasted duck plays by itself nicely the two supporting sides makes this a complete dish. Sauerkraut with bits of smoked pork cooked together to create the perfect acidity to enhance the flavours of the meat. The bread dumplings, I believe are steamed, reminded me of Chinese “mantou” buns. Though softer and less sweet than their Chinese counterpart, are equally delicious as they are drizzled with jus from the roasted duck which absorb and retain the savouriness in its fluffy pockets. Creating bites with equal parts of all three items on your plate can be quite the challenge but becomes exceptionally rewarding when achieved. This dish does come in a half order but why would anyone deny themselves this pleasure?
Please enjoy responsibly with the Lobkowicz Baron beer which is a medium bodied dark lager with caramel and chocolate qualities.
This post is written by Jason Fong
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