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Alcron: nice change of pace.....
Being that the restaurant Kampa Park was closed due to flooding I went to the Alcron at the Radisson Hotel for dinner. The Alcron specializes in seafood - which I thought might be a nice contrast to all the meat dishes I was consuming. The hotel is near the Fred&Ginger building - not a particularly nice area. I started off with Dublin bay prawns with seared foie gras with carpaccio of mango and brown poultry stock. The foie gras was perfect - the prawns were average, too much work for too little meat. Followed by lobster soup with shell fish oil, grilled artichokes and lobster meat. The soup was at a perfect temperature - it was velvety on the tongue. I tried another chef’s speciality appetizer which was recommended: smoke eel with black truffles, scrambled eggs and potatoes. This was an incredible dish - the flavors were amazing - stopped me dead in my tracks. Then had grilled scallops with mushrooms, summer truffles, fried cepes and pasta. The scallops were buttery smooth - the pasta okay - the mushrooms firm. Dessert was warmed blinis with strawberries and raspberries and warmed vanilla sauce - a nice ending. Had a very good Czech white - Veltlinske Zelene, Vinne Sklepy Vatice, 2000. My only quibble - the room had a F. Scott’s Fitzgerald inspired 1920 NYC skyline murals on the walls - I could have been eating anywhere, the one problem with eating in a hotel environment. A very nice change of pace though.
Favorite Dish: smoke eel with black truffles, scrambled eggs and potatoes
Alcron: An alcove of luxury
We booked first, then we had a look at it, and we cancelled...
Superb gastornomie promised, luxury setting, very few sits (24)... In fact it is a curvy alcove in the hotel lobby, some open windows letting some air into that clostrophobic little place. The sits look particularly confortable, but the paintings on the walls look cheap and, well, we didn't want to have an expensive dinner in a cupboard, and the menu was at that time by the English chef Gordon Ramsey, with a Provencal theme. We had had a French meal at the Provence in the Old town before... so we prefered to go to town!
We wanted atmosphere, views, original cuisine... was it too much to ask?
We may try next time if we are given good reasons to change our mind...
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Alcron: The "Royal Breakfast" is superb!
As I was staying at the Alcron Hotel, one of the perks of my upgrade was to be able to breakfast in the "Alcron" restaurant rather than having to "slum it" in the buffet ;-)
As soon as we sat down we were offered fresh coffee & fresh orange juice and could choose from 5 cooked breakfast, including one I tried with caviar, but I do like my bacon and eggs!
I like the wallpainting which is shown in my photo.
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