Literally. Our stay at the lovely Iron Gate Hotel in Prague not only came with a beautiful apartment, but it also included transportation to and from the airport and a three course dinner for two at the hotel’s subterranean restaurant. We arrived in time for our reservation which, looking back, was kind of funny considering we were the only people in the restaurant for the entire 3 hours of our dinner! We first had a drink at the bar, pictured above. It was really beautiful and well stocked. I had a glass of Philipponnat Royale Réserve Brut and the hubs had an Iron Gate cocktail which was a mix of vodka, absinthe, orange juice, pineapple juice, and Triple Sec. It was strong and yummy!
The hubs’ absinthe cocktail, isn’t it pretty?! Plus fresh bread, olive oil, and sea salt. A simple combination that I could pretty much live on!
Local ham with salad and fresh grated horseradish with apple. I tried the horseradish, and it was amazing! I loved the spiciness of the horseradish mixed with the sweet, crunchy apple.
Mushroom and vegetable soup, yet another delicious Czech soup dish. Perfect for warming up after lots of walking in the beautiful but freezing cold and slushy city streets
The hubs’ steak special
For dessert, Eric ordered pancakes topped with blueberries with a side of fresh whipped cream.
For my dessert, I decided to be adventurous and ordered the poppy seed noodles with a honey sauce, topped with strawberries and kumquats. It was an interesting dish, not very sweet at all, but something I am glad that I tried.
We each had a glass of Czech wine with dinner. I love trying and learning about wine regions of the world, especially those that are not very well known. We both opted for red, me a Lobkowicz Pinot Noir and the hubs a 2005 Tanzberg Zweigeltrebe. Both were very good. Mine was a pretty stanard Pinot which I always enjoy, and the Zweigeltrebe was amazing. It was very full bodied with a slight oakiness and a blend of dark berries. It went REALLY well with his dessert! Hehe the poor thing, I usually end up eating half of his food and drinking half of his wine!
After dinner, we decided to wander around Prague which is absolutely stunning after dark.
Nothing prettier than Prague’s Old Town under falling snow, with cups of hot gluwein.