We spent our second day in Prague sightseeing – Kampa Park, another walk on Charles Bridge, Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. We were quite tired by around 2pm so decided to leave the rest of the sights for the next day.
We had dinner reservation at the Essensia Restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental for 8pm. They had a special offer of 50% on food, which was quite a treat! They had an Asian menu, and a Czech contemporary menu. Hubby and I both settled for the Asian menu, which proved to be quite popular amongst our fellow diners that evening.
To start, hubby had salmon smoked on kaffir leaves with thai red curry sauce, while I had soft shell crab in wasabi tempura. Both starters were absolutely tasty and portions were so generous that we ended up feeling rather full after this course. After our plates were cleared, the waiter brought us complimentary gazpacho soup, a basket of bread and 3 varieties of butter (normal, butter with chives and I can’t remember the 3rd!). There are no photos of the food consumed at dinner up to this point as we completely forgot about the camera and were too busy enjoying the food.
For mains, hubby ordered tandoori baked chicken tikka masala, served with biriyani rice. He said it was nice, light and very tasty.
I ordered pad thai, which was cooked to a mild taste for me. The noodles had plenty of tofu and tiger prawns. The prawns were cooked just right and were very flavoursome. I wasn’t too mad about the tofu – it tasted ‘over-fried’. The noodles were yummy and had a good sprinkling of peanuts.
Although we were bursting at the seams after our main courses, we still fancied something sweet so we both ordered sherbets. A scoop of lychee for me, and two scoops of passion fruit sorbet for hubby. When the waiter brought the desserts, the headwaiter (the lovely Mr Daniel Mista) brought me a sweet little birthday cake. I had mentioned when making our booking that we were marking two occasions. I was touched by their kindness in indulging us with these special treats during our stay.
Our waiter had arranged for cutlery to be sent up to our room, so we took the cake back with us.
We had plans to go to the Little Glenn bar to listen to jazz. So we decided to leave the cake for later on, and went out for fresh air and music. We found the bar quite easily, it was only 5 minutes walk away from the hotel. The basement bar was the jazz venue, but it was heaving and too warm, so we decided to have some drinks at the bar on the ground floor. The bar was quite full, and at 10.30pm, people were still ordering dinner! 3 lads walked in, and one of them reminded me of a younger version of Mickey Rourke.
We decided to call it a night at around 12am as I was afraid that I might turn into a pumpkin from all the food and drinks consumed. Hubby spotted a poster for Radiohead’s concert on 23rd August. ‘Maybe they’re staying in the same hotel as us’, he said. Hubby, the optimist.