Argentinian Style Sunday Brunch
A taste of Argentina @ Restaurant Gran Fierro
“Since the restaurant opened in December 2014, we have been adding dishes to the menu as well as improvements to the interior design,” says Juan Cruz Pacin, owner of Gran Fierro, “the idea is to keep it dynamic.”
This authentic steak house, located near the National Theater, is a uniquely decorated filled with lively Argentinian music. A lot of thought went into every decoration. From the leather seat cushions made out of the same materials that gauchos (Argentinian cowboys) wear to the clay lamps that hang off the ceiling and add a homey touch.
The illuminated tile-lined bar and a large display of Argentinian wine bottles divide the restaurant into two different seating areas. The first area by the entrance has custom-made tables meant for smaller groups, plenty of bar stools and even window seating great for people-watching. The back area has longer tables for larger groups and has a more formal vibe – great for dinners and fancy cocktails.
“A homemade chorizo as a starter, Bife ancho as the main course and panqueque con dulce de leche for dessert,” Juan says, recommending the perfect meal for a first-time venture into the world of Argentinian cuisine.
For those who just can’t get enough or want a chance to try a bit of everything, a weekly Sunday brunch is offered from 11:00 – 15:00. The price includes a variety of cold and warm tapas, hot food fresh off the grill, homemade pastries and desserts as well as Bloody Mary cocktails and homemade soft drinks. With a dynamic and innovative approach, Juan is constantly improving the menu.
With an original approach, Gran Fierro combines a classical buffet with a selection of warm dishes coming directly from the grill. They serve the Bloody Mary with an original addition, chimi-churri, and the result is something worth to try. Maybe you've heard about empandas, but there is another pastry gem in the argentine cuisine, the "medialunas". These mini croissants are simply mouthwatering.
The brunch offers more than just culinary experience. Combined with the tasteful décor, the live music performed by an Argentinian musician will take you straight from center of Prague and teleport you into the very heart of South America.
The regular menu offers a delicious variety of tapas, starters, steaks, burgers, salads and desserts. Also on offer are traditional Argentinian pastries, large dishes to share and specialties including veal, pork ribs and spicy chicken wings. While it is possible to have a three-course vegetarian meal, Gran Fierro is a carnivore's paradise, boasting dishes with Jamon Serrano, Ox ham, Argentinian sausages, tenderloin Carpaccio and a wide selection of steaks. Many of these meals are prepared on a special Josper Grill from Barcelona: a hybrid between a grill and an oven resulting in tender and smoky meat.
“The main chefs are from Argentina and the other kitchen staff from Cuba; the manager from Argentina; and bartenders and waiters from Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain and the Czech Republic,” explains Juan who is originally from Buenos Aires. He happens to be the only Argentine owner of an Argentinian restaurant in Prague.
The international and multilingual staff offers great service and aesthetic presentation of the meals. The meat is served on custom-made aluminum panels inlaid in wood to keep the food warm while you eat. Beware of seasoning; Argentinians only salt their meat because when the meat is so good, nothing more is needed. The occasional except is using just a bit of chimi-churri (their traditional sauce) to enhance the flavors of the meat
Gran Fierro is designed for “sobremesa”. Juan translates “sobremesa” as, “After you finish [eating], you keep talking and drinking.” Speaking of drinking, Gran Fierro offers classic whisky-, rum-, gin- and vodka-based cocktails as well as signature cocktails including Gran Fierro Mare, Old Town Negroni and Mama Juana.
In addition to Sunday brunches and a regular menu, the steak house also offers a daily ‘Czech-style’ lunch menu, available from 11:30 – 14:00 Monday to Friday. This includes soup, a main course, half a liter of homemade Ice Mate and pastries for 149 CZK.
Follow Gran Fierro’s Facebook page to get information on the updates, daily menus and more.
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