Once rated as the best restaurant in Prague by Gourmet (the Czech equivalent to Zagat’s restaurant guide) and the winner of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ Five Star Diamond Award from 2003 to 2006, Alcron certainly takes its place in the upper echelons of Prague eateries.
The buzzwords here are fish, fish and more fish, cooked and prepared with consummate skill by expert chefs. Although it’s a tiny place, located on the ground floor of the Radisson SAS Alcron hotel (see Sleep), with just 24 covers, the venue has an intimacy that transcends its role of hotel restaurant (even if the busy lobby can sometimes intrude on the atmosphere).
Based on the same Art Deco theme that extends throughout the hotel, a colourful mural of turn-of-the-century Prague life covers one wall, and an obvious attention to detail – figurative lamps, ornaments, soft lighting – adds to the homely glow of the place. Dishes are often innovative, and deliver a fabulous array of tastes and textures, many of them involving foie gras or black truffles.
The wine list includes a comprehensive assortment of New and Old World selections, complete with thorough descriptions and recommendations. A five-course gourmet menu is on offer, with selected wine provided by the glass to complement each dish.