"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet" by William ShakespeareWho would've dreamt you'd find sushi in Prague's Muzeum metro station?
But it's true. You can now get raw fish at a new Coffee Heaven outlet at the top of Wenceslas Square.
This chain has been expanding in Prague, though this is one of the smallest ones I've seen. It's not much bigger than a closet. But it's hard to miss with their bright blue neon sign.There's just enough room inside for a refrigerator case and a service counter. Don't even think about sitting down somewhere.I saw the sushi on my first visit. There was very little to choose from.
The price tag of 198 CZK for a very small box gave me pause, but curiosity got the better of me.
It came with three pieces of salmon nigiri and four salmon avocado maki. It came with a little plastic, fish-shaped bottle of soy sauce, a package of wasabi, some pickled ginger, and chopsticks.The good news was that the fish was fresh. Also, the avocado in the maki was soft and ripe. On the downside, the rice had no real flavor, and I could hardly taste the soy sauce, despite squirting the whole tube on everything.
Not bad, but I still had a big hunger after spending the big money.
I also bought a fajita wrap for 89 CZK to eat later at work. Again, not cheap for what you get.
The bag said heat me, so I did.
The tortilla is filled with beef, refried beans, onions, and jalapenos.The beef was very tough and a bit too salty, but still tasted OK. The jalapenos lacked sourness and a spicy kick. But, I still kind of liked it and would get it again.
Why? Because I love refried beans.
One afternoon, there was a special -- two sandwiches for the price of one. I got a fajita wrap and also decided to try the toasted mozzarella and prosciutto panini. Big mistake.
It took a long time to toast, so I was standing around for quite a while. Even worse, I took one bite and realized the prosciutto was... aged. It tasted horrible. I threw it out after one bite.
I went back another time and picked up the turkey wrap for 79 CZK.
The microscopic writing on the package said it has turkey breast, mayo, sour cream, iceberg lettuce, rucola, tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
It was pretty boring. The turkey was bland, there was a miniscule amount of rucola, and I didn't see any tomato at all. It wasn't very filling, either.
I'm not a big coffee drinker, so I didn't have any. But V enjoys stopping there for a cup when she can, even though it is expensive by Prague standards.
So, Coffee Heaven doesn't win any awards on the value for money front. Most of their offerings don't add up to a complete lunch for someone like me.
But for those who have sworn off McDonald's and KFC, it is a convenient and slightly healthier choice (if you don't get an old panini).
I wish there were more quick, quality options in the area. But I guess I'll have to keep on dreaming.
Muzeum Metro Station