On the last day of summer holiday, I visited the Prague restaurant Le Grill. It is a hotel restaurant intended for guests of The Grand Mark Prague hotel, but it is also open to people who do not stay at the hotel. The hotel is located in the busy center of Prague and has a beautiful inner courtyard garden used by the restaurant. The garden feels like an oasis of calm compared to the outside hustle and bustle.
I admit that I would not normally visit this restaurant. Hotel restaurants can feel a bit closed off, perhaps even overly fancy at better hotels, especially when peacocks stroll around the garden terrace, as is the case here. However, I received a gift voucher that another family member could not use, so I went to the restaurant for lunch.
As an amuse bouche, they served broccoli cream with feta cheese. A nice touch that I did not expect when choosing from the à la carte menu.
I hadn’t had a hamburger in a restaurant for a long time. I chose the restaurant’s signature dish – The Grand Mark beef burger with arugula, fennel, cheddar cheese, and smoked chipotle mayo. How was it? In one word, great. The meat was beautifully juicy, the combination with fennel was tasty, and the fries were nice and crispy. The burger with a large portion of fries costs 390 CZK (about 15.60 EUR).
For dessert, I followed the recommendation and chose the signature dessert – The Grand Mark cake – bitter chocolate foam with blackcurrant jelly. The slightly sour blackcurrant jelly hidden in the middle of the chocolate foam is a combination that works. The dessert was excellent, and the food styling was beautiful. The price? 260 CZK (about 10.50 EUR).
I also chose the signature cocktail – The Grand Mark Cocktail with gin, lemon juice, lavender syrup, and soda. The cocktail was absolutely luxurious. I love the taste of lavender, and in this combination, it was a great drink. A cocktail I would gladly have again. The drink cost 280 CZK (about 11 EUR).
The total bill for the main course with dessert, cocktail and a large bottle of sparkling water was slightly over 1 100 CZK (about 44 EUR). It may seem a lot. But if you consider the really beautiful garden, where the guest has absolute privacy and where the hustle and bustle from the street does not reach at all, the central location and the fast and very pleasant service, I think that it is a good deal not only for hotel guests.
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