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Prague: Is Maze worth the hassle they're giving me?

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Prague: Is Maze worth the hassle they're giving me?

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Cancan | | Jan 8, 2008 09:51 AM

My family and I (seven of us total, ranging from 27 to 67) will be visiting Prague in March. We would like to have dinner at Maze, so I contacted them regarding a reservation. No problem, however they are limiting our group to these choices: the 7-course tasting menu, or a limited a la carte menu -- three choices for each course (see below.) I have asked them why we can't select from the full menu and have been told that they don't allow that for large groups.

So, I am disappointed and peeved. I would love to eat there, but I don't like the idea of forking over a HUGE amount of money unless we're getting what we want. I also hate to reward a restaurant for what I think is very unaccommodating behavior. We have been to so many other restaurants of equal or higher quality as a group of seven and have never been asked to compromise like this. In fact, at most places (e.g., Taillevent) restaurants have practically bent over backwards to make our meal something we really looked forward to, as well as something we talked about long after our visit -- in terms of both the food itself and the service. Ultimately, I'm sure we would dine well at Maze (and we probably would have opted for the tasting menu anyway) but I guess I just don't like their attitude.

Should I just say the heck with Maze? If so, can anyone recommend a worthy substitute?
We'll be celebrating my dad's 68th birthday so we would like something special.

Thank you.

This is the "large parties selection" they offered us:
Sample A La Carte Selection Menu:

Jerusalem artichoke velouté with duck ragoût, cep brioche and cep butter 250 czk
Roasted quail with celeriac remoulade and Madeira sauce 400 czk
Lightly smoked salmon with oyster beignets, dill and mustard dressing 350 czk

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Steamed daurade Royale with candied aubergine, bok choi and spicy tomato sauce 600 czk
Cornfed chicken with cabbage, carrots, leeks, confit leg and cep sauce 650 czk
Roasted rack of lamb with confit shoulder, garlic purée and sauce epice 700 czk

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White chocolate and coconut panna cotta with mango and black olive caramel CZK 250
Carpaccio of pineapple with coconut sorbet and lime syrup CZK 250
Peanut butter and cherry jam sandwich with cherry sorbet CZK 250

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