"Ivan Ilyich's life was most simple, and most ordinary, and therefore most terrible." Leo Nikolaevich TolstoyI have a most terrible obsession with Asian food. My recent trip to Berlin attests to this. In the land of currywurst, I ate only Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Thai.
It's fair to say that the German capital has higher quality and a wider variety of offerings than Prague.
Next to my hotel off Potsdamer Platz, there was an Asian restaurant called Coa. The chain, which has outlets around Germany, offers an eclectic mix of dishes that cross a number of borders.
At the beginning of March, Coa opened in Prague -- its first non-German outlet.
There are a variety seating options. They have lounge-like banquettes.
I had the pumpkin and coconut soup with prawns, button mushrooms and chives (109 CZK).
We both decided to drink wine, and what they serve is on the expensive side. Wines by the glass are 70 to 80 CZK for .1 liter. We drank glasses of Chupin Rosé d'Anjou.
Next up was what they call "Summer in a Roll" otherwise known as summer rolls. They are 95 CZK, plus a supplemental charge depending on whether you choose chicken, beef, or duck to go with it. With duck, it adds up to 209 CZK.
I won't show you how mine turned out. It held together, but it wasn't so pretty. Frankly, I'd rather have someone do it for me.
You can load it with unseasoned rice noodles, mint, coriander, carrot, spring onions, lettuce, and bean sprouts. There was a hoisin dipping sauce on the side. The cold duck was good and reasonably moist and fresh, but nothing too special.
The small "Mango Chicken Fresh-up" (115 CZK) is basically a salad.
The mango was a little on the sour side and the chicken didn't have much flavor. The whole thing was awkward to mix together in the small bowl. To eat the components in combination, I decided to use a spoon.
My friend got the wok vegetables, which included bok choy, broccoli, and red peppers.
We shared a mix of 8 dim sum (159 CZK).
I had some room, so we ordered the "lemon beef noodle session" (154 CZK).
Finally, I ended with a glass of ginger iced tea.
What I could taste was a shocking amount of sugar. I had to order an extra glass and ice, pour some of it out, and dilute it with water. Then it was drinkable. I wished they had a version with condensed milk.
After this, I made a solo visit. I ordered the beef masaman (255 CZK).
All was covered with a thin coconut milk curry that tasted of lime leave and provided some heat. I'm always wishing the curries at Asian restaurants in Prague had thicker sauce.
To drink, I got the "Thai basil smash," also known as the Coa Mojito (125 CZK).
For dessert, I had the chocolate hazelnut cake (50 CZK).
I returned for one last meal. We got the "coconut clash" or tom kha gung (97 CZK).
The "papaya prawn parade" (98 CZK) was OK.
The prawn package dim sum was good (108 CZK).
Finally, I had the Pad Thai with shrimp (188 CZK). I use this dish as a measuring stick for any restaurant that does Thai.
If they want a lesson on how to do Phad Thai right, they should send the chefs over to Noi. They cook the best I've had in Prague.
It's a new place that has a different style than we've seen before here. Hopefully with some experience and constructive feedback, they'll improve.
Right now, despite its fancy looks and quirky menu, I'd say most of the food I tried was most simple and most ordinary.
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