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Sansho, Prague – EAT

February 28, 2016
Sansho, Prague

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.

Sansho, Prague

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.

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Then came some pork dumplings.  I practically licked the plate.

Sansho, Prague

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.

Sansho, Prague

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.

Sansho, Prague

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.
Sansho, Prague

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.

If you’re looking for a good cocktail bar for pre or post dinner, try L’Fleur, Cash Only, Hemingway or Black Angel, all about a 10 – 15 minute walk away.

Sansho

Petrská 1170/25,

110 00 Praha 1-Nové Mesto

 

Blog, Date Spot, Eat, London

Perilla, East Dulwich – the pop-up to watch

December 7, 2015

I don’t usually go to pop-ups in London.  There are so many new restaurant openings that I’d rather go to a place that will be around for a while (one hopes) so that there’s a point in taking the time to write about it, without having to chuck it a month later.

There are however, always exceptions.  Perilla, which currently occupies Platform 1 on bustling East Dulwich Lordship Lane, is too good to miss.  Even if you hope that with their talent and generally truly excellent food they’ll find a permanent base soon.

Before I smother Perilla with compliments, a quick word about Platform 1, as I rather like the concept.   They call themselves a ‘permanent pop-up’, and it is quite literally a platform for new chefs and young culinary talent who can use the space for four months before passing the space on to the next.  As it’s a neighbourhood restaurant they’re keeping the front of house team constant, so you will recognise the staff (they’re very good).  It’s a nice touch.

But back to Perilla.  The guys behind it are super young.  23 (Ben) and 24 (Matt) years old to be precise.  Ben has been a chef at Noma (aka restaurant in Copenhagen voted the best restaurant in the world) and Claridges and Matt has managed both Polpo and Polpetto.  Not a bad team.

Perilla, Dulwich

They offer a five course tasting menu for £35 a head.  Or they have a (succinct) a la carte menu with too good to be true prices.  Bar snacks start at £1.50: the crisp chicken wings stuffed with mushrooms were possibly the best thing on the whole menu – and I don’t even like mushrooms.    Their flat bread with brown butter and rosemary was very moorish. Crisped Cavelo Nero was delicious too, their duck egg, mussels and parsley dish was wonderful, as was the (beautifully presented) scallop with horseradish, cucumber and radishes.

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Mains vary from £11 to £16 for the pork (which was especially popular with the boys).  The poached trout will set you back £13, and was the most delicately cooked fish with radish, yoghurt and sorrel.

perilla, east Dulwich

We drank a substantial amount of wine – they have a great, and quite original selection (everyone love their Pinot Noir), but the cocktails are also worth having (we had those instead of pudding).  We tried a selection of their home infused spirits, and I loved my cherry vodka with whiskey (yes, it was pretty punchy).

Perilla is around in Dulwich until the end of February.  And they take bookings.  So no excuses.

And if, like me, East Dulwich is very far away for you, then combine it with cocktails at Pedlar (blog to follow) or the Peckham Refreshment Rooms in Peckham Rye (around the corner) before or after, and you’ll have ticked at least two highly recommended foodie places in one go.

Perilla Dining

71 Lordship Lane

East Dulwich

Photo credit: mixture of Perilla’s own and mine

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