Date Night 15
- April 27, 2008Temperature
: High - 55 °F/13 °C; Low - 39 °F/4 °CLocation
: Calvera Restaurant (Click here for map)
Last night, we located what is perhaps the worst
Mexican restaurant in the world... well, at least in Prague. I pass the Calvera Bar & Restaurant
just about every day on my way to and from work, and curiosity finally got the best of me. It looks like one of those places that might be a hidden gem - one of those "hole in the wall" restaurants that you take your friends to to impress them with your insider knowledge of Prague. So - with high hopes, and tummies yearning for good salsa, we stepped under the faux stone archway decorated with skulls, and found a table by the bar.
|We decoded the Czech menu enough to make our order, and sat back to enjoy the ambiance - the walls were decorated with murals and framed photos of famous western movie stars. Cowboy nick-knacks swathed in greens, yellows and reds dominated the crowded room. So far so good. Then the food arrived.|
We should have known we were in trouble when we saw the array of condiments placed at each table - bottles of Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce Extra Virgin Olive Oil and "Mexican Ketchup" complemented the Heinz chilli sauce. Erin's Tortilla plate arrived first... some dry chicken, topped with a tortilla, topped with a dollop of melted cheese. Ten minutes later, our appetizer arrived. The "Nachos con gusto" consisted of grated mozzarella cheese, tossed with a bowl of tortilla chips. Yum! Finally, just as Erin was polishing off the remnants of her cheesy tortilla, my fajitas arrived. By now, I was starving, and I dug in with gusto... to what is probably best described as sweet & sour chicken wrapped in a warm tortilla. No wonder there was a bottle of Soy Sauce on the table! Oh - I forgot to mention the "Strawberry Margarita." Fortunately, I secretly kind of like cough syrup. That's what this drink reminded me of. A nice, fruity, red cough syrup, poured over ice, with a lemon stuck on top. We escaped Calvara with Czk 590 ($35) in damages, and headed out for greener pastures to find dessert. Fortunately, the delights of a springtime Prague evening awaited!
Prague in the springtime is a magical place... all over town, tables are appearing on sidewalks, people are lounging on blankets in the parks, and trees are blooming. After a walking tour through the back alleys of Mala Strana, we climbed the hill to the imposing Strathov Monestery
. The BellaVista Restaurant
definitely lives up to its' name -- Beautiful View. The panorama view of Prague at twilight was ...bella! Gelatto and cappuccinos were ... buono! The price was... well, let's just say we paid for the view!
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