The Art Deco inspired dining hall is warm and welcoming with tall ceilings and large tables. We were met and seated quickly and menus brought. Truthfully, I was amazed at with extensive wine list – an extremely pleasing selection of great wines to satisfy all budgets and tastes. The food menu itself was a simple list but all interesting and appealing.
Anyways, to the food. A delightful Panna Cotta amuse bouche led the way for the Rocket Salad which arrived after, presented simply and cleanly, fresh green rocket tossed with thin slices of fennel and pear and pieces of beetroot all topped with slices of pecorino cheese and lightly drizzled with Virgin olive oil. All mixed and in the mouth, the textures blend perfectly, the juiciness of the pear, the sweetness of the fennel and beetroot all explode with each bite. However, the pecorino cheese was just too young. If Chef Gojdic had elected to use an older pecorino I feel the dish would have come together absolutely perfectly.
A creamy lemon sorbet was offered in between the two courses and then the steak. A perfectly done medium-rare steak seasoned wonderfully served with a garlic oil and a large fresh garden salad. The steak was extremely satisfying and again it’s 2 for 2 for steaks in Brno – they really do a good steak out here.
For dessert a lemon tart with yoghurt ice cream. This looked absolutely stunning. Presented so simply but in a way that worked so artfully. The glittering chocolate straddling atop a perfect ball of ice cream and a deep yellow lemon tart with a lightly seared top – absolutely decedent. The biscuit base was nice and firm and not dry. However the curd would have benefitted from a more acidic flavour. The yoghurt ice cream was a smooth refreshing complement.
Il Mercato is definitely a refreshing change to standard Czech fare and I did enjoy my meal. However, I do feel like I’ve missed out on something great simply because a waiter couldn’t be bothered to take the time to explain what vision the chef had that day.