I visited this restaurant by myself at a time it was busy. I was immediately told that for one person there was no room in the dining area, but that I could wait for one of the bar tables outside to become available soon as they were waiting for clients to pay. Although I perfectly understand that a table with several people is more profitable for the business, there is no need to say things in a manner that immediately makes the single client feel turned off. I sat down on a bar stool as close as possible to the bar so they would have enough room to pass behind. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong spot and was immediately given a yelling tirade in Czech because I sat where they needed to access things from the bar. I understand that too, and immediately moved a few spots away from there, but again, there are different ways of saying things. Then from behind someone threw a menu at me. Nice gesture, as at least I could have a look through it while waiting, but there too, there are nicer ways of doing this. Not too long after, I was given one of those bar tables. Since I had read several times that eating duck in Prague is highly recommended I opted to order it despite the fact that it said 1/2 a duck. As a tourist in Prague, I was counting on guidance by the locals, but the order was quickly taken without any further comment. I ordered a beer and expected to hear what size options there were, but no, the waiter was already leaving. I called him back and asked what sizes they have and ordered a small beer. I wonder what he would have brought had I not said anything. After a very long wait, my duck finally arrived. With it a large dish with a huge amount of red cabbage (I requested not to add white cabbage), plenty of potato and bread dumplings as well as a sauce. The duck came in a separate oven dish. I was in total shock as this would have easily fed 4 people, and also annoyed that I wasn’t warned, thinking about how much food was being wasted every day and how I barely managed to squeeze by getting a small beer. The duck was indeed very good. Crunchy on the outside, yet still juicy, and nicely seasoned with cumin. Also, the potato dumplings were delicious although I feel that they could easily have been gnocchi. I took my time eating as much as I possibly could but obviously, it was impossible to even eat half of this meal. Once I finished, the waiter returned quite quickly and asked if it was good. I told him it was but that I wish he had told me about the amount of food I would get as this was enough for 4 people. His answer, “well it’s 1/2 a duck”. My answer, “well, it depends on the size of the duck”. Since I was paying by card someone else brought me the bill, typed in the amount and then said that I can now enter the amount of tip I want to leave. Needless to say that I did not think a tip was deserved and as such only paid the bill.
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