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Céleste, Prague

Tančící dům
80 Rašínovo nábřeží
Czech Republic 120 00
Tel: 420 221 984 160's insider take:

On the top two floors of Frank Gehry's Tančící dům (Dancing House), one of Prague's modern architectural masterpieces, you'll find a culinary chef d'oeuvre: Céleste restaurant. The two formal dining rooms and two terraces have excellent views of the river and Prague Castle, but it's the food that takes center stage. Chef Gwendal Le Ruyet studied with Alain Ducasse in Paris, and his focus on first-rate ingredients shines in dishes such as baby artichokes with Larzac sheep-milk cheese and mushrooms sourced from Bohemia's Šumava forest. Main courses include classic fare such as an extremely tender Anjou squab or pan-seared turbot with langoustines and periwinkles. Desserts—perhaps a sparkling grape cup topped with a dusting of carbonated candies similar to Pop Rocks—finish the meal on a whimsical note that's reminiscent of the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, which is believed to have inspired the Dancing House's playful facade.—Evan Rail

Open Mondays through Saturdays 12 to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 11:30 pm.

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