Ginger & Fred Restaurant, is located on the seventh floor of the controversial building, from which the restaurant takes its name, set in a fine location by the Vltava river. Does it sound interesting to you? It did to us, and we finally got a chance to dine there.
The Dancing House is one of the most interesting buildings in Prague. Built at the end of 20th century, it is the work of architect Frank Geory. Some Praguers regard the building as the ugliest in Prague. Contemporary architecture is often controversial, especially when the surrounding architecture is classical. But most have gotten used it and now love it. It is also very popular among visitors to Prague, and very few leave Prague without a picture of the “Dancing House”. The building represents a couple dancing together, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
Even on the seventh floor, Ginger & Fred Restaurant is well worth the elevator ride, and not only for its stunning views over Prague. Everything from venue, staff, food, wine; absolutely everything was top notch. This restaurant is high level, prestigious and elegant. We had to admit that eating here makes for a special evening.
The menu was interesting. With burger, seafood, lamb, duck, steak, and risotto on it, there is something for everyone. We started with crispy catfish with potato salad and pan seared calamari, and shrimp with confit fennel and potatoes. Both were delicious. As our main dish, we tried the very tasty whole roasted sea bass with baby spinach, shiitake mushrooms and smoked peppers, and the sepia spaghetti with grilled octopus, calamari and shrimp, dried tomatoes, celery and crustacean sauce that melts in the mouth was amazing. The dishes came out as miniature works of art, but unlike some fancy places, the portions were decent, even generous. We decided to share one dessert, the Trio of Crème Brûlée, as our bellies were full after our starters and mains. We could not resist entirely.
Afterward, we walked out to the terrace with its wonderful view of Prague. There was a brief, unexpected firework show over the river. It was perfect end to a great dining experience.
If you are in Prague do not miss the opportunity to enjoy great food over stunning views. You will not regret it one bit. Even if you travel on low budget, this restaurant can easily be on your list because they offer a lunch menu (main for around 100CZK) during the workweek. Please, keep in mind that the restaurant is located on the 7th floor, so you will not see it when you are passing around. Also making a reservation before hand might be a good idea. Do not want to bother with the reservations? Just drop us an email and we will do it for you :).
*We were invited by Ginger & Fred Restaurant management, but the experience is of course our own.
** First and third picture is property of Ginger & Fred Restaurant, second of CzechPragueOut