On my recent visit to Prague, I had the opportunity to dine at Spices Restaurant & Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Prague. My mom and I strolled out of our hotel, through Old Town Square and across the Charles Bridge, past Prague Castle, to the beautiful hotel in the historic Malá Strana district. It was clear upon arrival we were in for a treat.
The hotel is a gorgeous, modern and chic Renaissance and Baroque property that was once a monastery and dates to the fourteenth century. I’m sure that the rooms are beautiful, and if you have a weekend in Prague without the kids, this is the hotel to stay at.
Spices Restaurant is Asian food at its best. The menu is a salute to the hotel’s deep Asian roots. The restaurant’s Executive Chef, Jiří Štift, created an inspiring menu breaking food options down into three categories: dishes that come from SE Asia, NE Asia and SW Asia – from Thailand to Indonesia to India to Japan. We were so intrigued by the selections that we had a combination of them all, not knowing our palettes would soon be alive with flavors and tastes from all over the continent.
The restaurant is really beautiful. It’s very zen and clean, and you actually do feel like you are in another world. The waiters were also very helpful in selecting the right dishes, so we were instantly enthralled and full of wonder.
We kicked off the meal with classic cocktails made with Asian ingredients. They livened our senses and truly prepared for what was to come. Each dish is fresh and presentation is everything at Spices. The meals are served on Asian tableware which makes the experience even more sublime.
The menus break down the options quite simply, about 10 in each one. In the SE Asia category, we sampled the Thai Crab Cakes with Mango Chili Mayonnaise. Other offerings in that category include Spicy & Crispy Salad of Salmon, Crispy Chicken in Red Curry and Pad Thai Noodles.
In the NE Asia category, we sampled the Shumai Steamed Dumplings (vegetarian) and Adedashi Tofu. I have a feeling that the ingredients made in these dishes are hard to find in Prague, making the experience even more unique. The waiters are very careful about asking how spicy you want your dishes to be, and I have to say mine was just right (very spicy!). Other offerings in the NE Asia section include Peking Duck & Foie Gras Spring Rolls and Korean Pork Bulgogi. For a starter, I also moved to the SW Asia category and sampled Dal Curry, an onion salad with dosa & tomato, which was exquisite.
For a main course, I opted for the Sea Bass Baked in Banana Leah & Kerala Curry with okra salad and basmati rice, also in the SW Asia category. My taste buds were literally on fire! It was just that good, and even as I write now, I can taste it. My mom had the Lobster Buriyani with eggplant moju and saffron yogurt. We loved how the waitress bowed down to her, as she had never seen anyone consume a whole lobster on her own.
We also had a plate of freshly baked Tandoori Naan bread which was out of this world.
For dessert, we both opted for something fresh and different. We shared the Coconut Ice Cream Tapioca Pearls, Litchi, Pomegranate, and Caramel Sauce and the Coconut & Pistachio Tiramisu. Both were equally delicious. We were so content at the end of our meal.
I highly recommend Spices the next time you are in Prague. Head here to find out more.
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary meal to facilitate this review and others, but all opinions are my own.