Ginger and Fred: Dancing Tastebuds
Updated: Jan 11, 2019
If you know me, you know I often have champagne tastes on a beer budget! Travelling can be quite pricey and I fully support the ramen and toast diet that we who wander adopt at times but sometimes you just need to treat yo’ self. Ok more often than not I want to treat myself but that’s beside the point. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a five star dinner without breaking the bank? Obviously Tanisha, is that a real question? Well rejoice princesses; I have found the spot for you!
I had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time in Prague this summer and let me tell you, it never disappoints. I’ve enjoyed many a day wandering through the streets of this gorgeous city and I can’t tell you how many times since I first visited Prague in 2015 that I walked by the Dancing House without wandering inside. Boy, was that a mistake.
The Dancing House is a deconstructivist building designed by the he Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić and Canadian architect Frank Gehry. Its modern architecture, featuring two towers named Fred and Ginger, makes it stick out amongst the historical buildings that make up a large part of Prague. Just by looking at the building you can imagine why it would named after dancing legends Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Fred’s strong presence and Ginger’s easy grace are represented in the respective buildings. I have snapped a plethora of photos of the building itself, but had never realized there was a restaurant at the top.
The restaurant, aptly named Ginger and Fred features an incredible menu and B and I took full advantage. Our meal began with an array of breads with whipped butter. After the first bite we knew this meal would be excellent. Our server then presented us with a delightful cranberry foam to as an amuse-bouche courtesy of the chef.
Our appetizers were incredible. A stunning fresh lingot goat cheese panna cotta with a pistachios, orange gel and beetroot for me and a delicious salmon brioche with seaweed and tomato paste for B.
Our mains were just as remarkable, sugar cane duck breast with artichoke purée, asparagus and roasted duck meats in crispy role and thyme jus for myself, and fresh marjoram lamb with spring vegetables and fluffy potatoes for B. Just look at this and tell me you aren’t drooling. Luckily we are both great sharers, but trust me this was a rough one.
And the dessert, let me tell you about this desert…. It was like I had died and gone to heaven. My white chocolate and poppy seed panna cotta, vanilla crème anglaise and yogurt ice cream was an otherworldly experience and B had a trio of crème brûlée: tonka beans, grenadine with raspberry, basil with lemon and they were nothing to sneeze at.
All of this plus our drinks, which included a gorgeous champagne rosé, still and sparkling water, espresso and a coca cola. (I’ll give you one guess at who had what) The total came to 2742,00 Kč which works out to roughly $160 CAD/$125USD. I mean for a 4-course meal at a restaurant of this calibre, what more could you ask for.
When we had finished our scrumptious meal we headed up to the Glass Bar, directly above the restaurant. It offered spectacular views of the city and was the perfect place to watch the sunset and for an after dinner cocktail.
Needless to say, this princess left very happy. If you find yourself in Prague and in need of a fantastic meal, a gorgeous setting, and would like to step it up a notch, Ginger and Fred is the place to be.
Czech it out, you won't be sorry!