Prague is truly a magical place, its stunning views overlooking the monuments like the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge will take your breath away. While getting lost among the streets of Prague to see the city, another way to view the city is grab a meal while overlooking the city with epic views. We started our day off at Aria Hotel’s restaurant, Coda. In music, CODA means a special, separate part of the piece played once at the very end. Coda is a melodious and symphonic medley of flavors and dishes that capture the essence traditional Czech cuisine. At the same time, it is not afraid to hit the high notes with very forte dishes borrowed from other cultures. The restaurant itself amplifies the theme of music you’ll see not only in the Aria hotel but also throughout Prague. Once you walk in you’ll whisk by a grand piano and an elegant lobby to their private dining rooms that have a grand ambiance like a mansion’s banquet room.
I am normally not the type to eat in a hotel restaurant when traveling, but dining on the rooftop with amazing views is a must when in Prague. Unfortunately that day we got rained in. Otherwise, you can enjoy your meal on their rooftop with romantic, panoramic views of all of Prague.
The staff were incredible technicians and they were passionate in their performance and craft. Every detail was accounted for and they were almost too attentive if that is possible.
Like a good composer would do, every nuance of the piece is accounted for. The plates we dined on were unique and pieces of art themselves designed by the artist Gustav Mahler and they just jump out with his unique caricature portraits on each plate. Very stylish and unique.
Pan Seared Scallops on mango. As delicious as it sounds. The sweetness of the mango really paired nicely with the fresh scallops and each bite just exploded with flavor.
As Californians, you can’t imagine how excited we were to eat Foie Gras after it was banned temporarily. Above is a seared Duck Foie gras served on an parsley root puree and chopped granny smith apples. Possibly one of the best I’ve had. It was served crispy on the outside, smooth and soft on the inside.
Filet mignon with bacon with gnocchi. The filet is cooked perfectly and very juicy. The decadence of the meat is coupled with staccato notes of savory expertly cooked bacon and pillowy soft gnocchi that really makes for a mouth-watering trio.
Crispy Oven Roasted Duck served on sauerkraut, red cabbage, and South Bohemian dumplings. I wanted to try something more Czech-style and this was definitely it. I’m not even a fan of duck but this duck was so crispy and the dumplings really elevated the dish.
Traditional plum ravioli served with plum brandy glaze with roasted bread crumbs. I liked this dish a lot and I was really impressed with the Czech and their sweet breaded desserts. It reminded me of the Asian sweet red bean/black sesame soup cakes but here the bread crumbs really gave it an extra crunchy texture to balance the soft ravioli.
If the ravioli is like Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, then the Fresh vanilla bean panna cotta served with wild forest berries is like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Truly a masterpiece. It is no wonder so many, including the chef, consider this a favorite. The vanilla bean panna cotta is perfectly smooth and creamy and the berries have the incredible fresh tartness that accents the whole dish.
We proceeded to walk off our meal and took a brief tour around the hotel and was truly impressed with its space. You get free access and views to their Vrtbovska garden.
Even on a rainy day the gardens looked gorgeous.
We got a special look into their “Mozart Suite” where President Bill Clinton stayed at. Truly a special experience with great views overlooking into the Vrtbovska garden.
Location: Trziste 9, Prague 11800, Czech Republic
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7 am – 11:30 pm. Terrace opened from 11:30 am.
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When the meal at Coda reaches its namesake final note you can’t help but give it a standing ovation. Bravo!
A true succulent symphony in Prague!