OK, so I haven't eaten at every place in Karlovy Vary, but I'm quite confident that Promenada is as good as you can get.
Walking in off the street, without a reservation, hoping for a spare table for dinner we were ready to be turned...away. But no, we were warmly welcomed and every effort was made to set up a table for us, with minimal fuss and inconvenience to other diners. Great start.
While never being a fan of French cooking, or French restaurants, Promenada made me think twice about my previous experiences, and that I probably have just had isolated bad dining experiences - mostly in England (ha!). The service was as good as anywhere I have been - friendly, cheerful, positive and very helpful with suggestions of wine and drinks, and with detailed information about the dishes on offer. (Multilingual too).
The starter of smoked trout served with a horseradish-infused mayonnaise. So light, so good. For mains we had veal scallop and rabbit with bacon and garlic. My pictures don't show how well prepared these dishes were, nor how well balanced they both tasted, but wow... they were on point. I'm also not a fan of a loaded plate, and prefer the popular way of presenting meals by building the dish upwards, but this is all forgotten as we sat there slowly demolishing of dinners, with only an occasional moan of satisfaction escaping our lips. Brilliant cooking.
We had a good chat with the dining staff about wine selections, and opted for a bottle from the owners' vineyard. Very reasonably priced and a perfect accompaniment to both our dishes. We also let our waiter talk us into sharing the strawberry dumplings for dessert, along with a hruškovice that they had matured in an oak-barrel so it had developed a creamy flavour and taken some edge of the harshness off similar store-bought Czech alcoholic beverages. Highly recommended.
Can't praise the crew at Promenada any higher.More