“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." EpicurusA few weeks ago, I was dreaming of sitting by the river, eating tapas in the open air at La Terrassa, and then walking the short distance to Jazz Dock to catch a show.
That dream was temporarily washed away by this spring's floods, which damaged both riverside businesses. It's not completely clear when they will reopen, but La Terrassa is aiming for the end of June and Jazz Dock hopes to be back in business in mid-July.
What to do in the meantime?
Prague is not exactly overflowing with top tapas choices. When you are hungering for some small interesting dishes that won't drain your bank account, Room Tapas Bar near Wenceslas Square is an option worth considering. It is part of The Icon Hotel and Lounge.
Entering from the street takes you to the modern, brightly-colored, brightly-lit front dining area, which was non-smoking. A number of menu items were written on the wall by the bar.
The back room was cooler-looking, with a lounge vibe and an eclectic mix of comfortable furniture, including bed-like seating. The music varied between electronic and what sounded like some type of flamenco.
I've visited four times this year and had many of their offerings. They often start you off with a free taste of something.
On one visit, it was what they call Spanish omelet, also known as tortilla de patata.
On another visit, we received pitted black and green olives.
My overall favorite dish was the grilled octopus (170 CZK). The tentacle was charred and crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside.
Less successful, was the octopus vinaigrette the octopus vinaigrette (65 CZK).
I enjoyed the black rice with squid (70 CZK).
Good quality, freshly-fried calamari is hard to find in Prague. They have it at Room (150 CZK), and it can be great.
The mushroom and sausage in red wine sauce (100 CZK) was an interesting combination.
On one visit, we tried the white sangria, which has the same prices as the red. This one was also refreshing and not too sweet.
I can recommend the Argentinian entrecote with green pepper sauce (350 CZK).
If you don't want a steak, the marinated beef skewer (170 CZK) is a good way to go.
We sampled a number of desserts. The one I looked forward to the most did not meet my high expectations. Room is one of the few places in Prague to offer churros (55 CZK).
A better option was their freshly-made pancake filled with the same dulce de leche.
The last dessert I tried was the orange flan (55 CZK).
The service was friendly and efficient, except for a couple of moments when our waiter on one visit disappeared for a fair amount of time. If you are lucky, you will be attended to by an Argentinian gentleman named Juan, who is one of the more friendly and charming servers you'll come across in this city. He told me they are planning a further expansion of their menu.
I don't care much about all that. I just want to enjoy well-executed cooking and feel well-taken care of.
And I think Room Tapas Bar is serving some of the tastier little plates you'll find in Prague right now.
Room Tapas Bar
V jámě 6
Tel., (+420) 221 634 100