I wasn’t sure what to expect from the food scene in Prague. But then I came across the excellent Taste of Prague blog and felt a lot more confident. One restaurant which was constantly mentioned (and praised) on a lot of Czech blogs was Sansho, a pan-Asian restaurant in the Jewish part of the Old Town.
So Saturday night we booked to go (pre-booking is recommended). The interiors of the restaurant are simple and while its atmospheric, the focus is clearly on the food. I totally get why people rave about this place. The food is out of this world. Fresh, original, unpretentious. For dinner they offer only the six course tasting menu. Every course surprised us, and when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did.
We had the salmon sashimi to start, which clearly they see as more of an amuse bouche.
Followed by the clams for me, and the steak tartar for Hen as she didn’t like clams. Hen’s portion was as big as a main course.
Then came some pork dumplings. I practically licked the plate.
Followed by the most incredible slow cooked pork belly. Pork is big in the Czech Republic, but this was pork with a difference: Asian flavours, a pepper sauce and spicy broccoli. Even the fat was melt in your mouth good.
By this point we were feeling pretty full, but one of their signature dishes was about to be served: soft shell crab sliders with wasabi mayonnaise. Beautifully cooked and if you like Bao, you’ll love this.
As we had counted five courses we were now expecting desert. Except then the main course arrived. A huge Malaysian curry selection, with a stunning jasmine tea infused trout Asian salad, lamb rendang, coconut roti, 24 hour slow cooked beef and pak choi. Incredible. Despite bursting at the seam we still finished it all.
Desert, we were told, were three mini portions. Not so mini. There was a cheese cake, a chocolate biscuit with macha ice cream and a sticky toffee pudding. The sticky toffee pudding was hands down the best I have ever had. I later read that it is one of their most praised dishes.
The whole meal came to £50 each, with a bottle of wine and coffees. Such a highlight to our weekend, the friendliest service and food that will make you want to go back the next day.
110 00 Praha 1-Nové Mesto