FIELD Restaurant, Prague, 9/17/15

entrance
entrance

This place of about 10 tables opened in November 2014. It offers a tasting menu as well as a la carte options. With the tasting menu you can get wine or non-alcoholic pairing. The room has a small window into the kitchen but you see more finishing touches than actual cooking. The ceiling has a light show they are very proud of, they call say it is “like a field in the wind which is always changing”. It is interesting – they have a guide about it if you ask.

side window
side window

The service is friendly but the food was a little too gimmicky and they even repeated the ‘smoke’ effect for 2 different courses, which I thought was way too much.  Knowing they are new to the scene it appeared that they have copied some ideas from longer operating restaurants as we had one dish that was almost exactly the same the next night. They also seemed to want to present each dish and then have sauce added at the table – a boring repetition. Several course they presented us with accompanying beverages, even tho we did not order pairings.  I did not find that they enhanced the food and the tastes did not always blend well with wine.

The first amuse, pate, was nice but the chicaronne was stale the other cracker was quite nice and the tuna left a nice aftertaste. The smoked pepper course was a little too mild in taste but the beets were very good. The standout course was the crayfish which were plump, juicy and tender and accompanied by a rich foam bacon gravy. The wild broccoli puree with the Char was a pretty course until they added a brownish broth that made an unattractive plate. The quail was tasty and had a bar-b-que sauce already so it didn’t need the mushroom mayo, that was nice in itself. The egg was an extra course and nicely flavored with mustard but the lemonade tea that came with it was tasteless. The beef pieces were nice but the pea puree in the middle was totally blah and the Jerusalem artichoke was rubbery. The picnic basket theme for the next course has been done so much better in other places but they did have a delicious pickled vegetable that I could have eaten more of. Their ‘sharp’ cheese was anything but that. The dessert offered a nice bit of lemon and about the right amount of sweetness to end the meal on a positive note.

table set up
table set up
menu cover
menu cover
a la carte menu
a la carte menu
tasting menu
tasting menu
extra room
extra room
bread, butter, cheese spread and salt
bread, butter, cheese spread and salt
amuse bouche: pork pate on chicarrone, tuna with mix of herbs on cracker
amuse bouche: pork pate on chicaronne, tuna with mix of herbs on cracker
another amuse
another amuse
view to the kitchen
view to the kitchen
wine
wine
interior
interior
chilled smoked pepper, Gratien, beet-root, pine nuts
chilled smoked pepper, Gratien, beet-root, pine nuts
Add chiller
Add chiller
finished product
finished product
crayfish, leek, bacon foam gravy
crayfish, leek, bacon foam gravy
char on wild broccoli puree, radish, bread leaven
char on wild broccoli puree, radish, bread leaven
broth added
broth added
quail from Stepanov presentation
quail from Stepanov presentation
mushroom mayonnaise, pine to go with quail
mushroom mayonnaise, pine to go with quail
smoke added
smoke added
final product
final product
egg surprise with potato
egg surprise with potato
lemonade tea
lemonade tea
Frankie checked out the egg
Frankie checked out the egg
Beef rib, tongue, peas, bacon, Calvados
Beef rib, tongue, peas, bacon, Calvados
Frankie checked out the straw in the bread basket
Frankie checked out the straw in the bread basket
picnic of cheeses, bread, beer and pickled vegetables
picnic of cheeses, bread, beer and pickled vegetables
sharp cheese with berries and roasted and caramelized onion butter
sharp cheese with berries and roasted and caramelized onion butter
pickeled vegetables, cheese spread
pickeled vegetables, cheese spread
pretzel bread stick
pretzel bread stick
beer
beer
Frankie had fun with the breadstick paper
Frankie had fun with the breadstick paper
wine cellar
wine cellar
reception area
reception area
interior
interior
more kitchen
more kitchen
palate cleanser
palate cleanser
apricot, sea buckthron, defrutum
apricot, sea buckthorn, defrutum
as plated
as plated
more ceiling
more ceiling
ceiling
ceiling
room decorations
room decorations

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