This is a newcomer to the Prague Brunch scene. Every Sunday from noon till 4pm, Zinc Restaurant at the Hilton Prague Old Town Hotel, holds a family orientated brunch. What sets it apart from other brunches, is the fact that children up to the age of 10 years get all that they can eat and drink for free. You also receive complimentary parking from noon until 3pm.
The back end of the lobby (with lots of natural light streaming in), is set up as a kids’ play area with a baby sitter and plenty of toys for little kids. There is even a Wii console for the older ones, so after his meal, Robbie was able to have a mini ‘work-out’ playing tennis and baseball! Live jazz music plays relaxing tunes for the duration of the brunch.
For 990 CZK per person you get a welcome drink, local wine, beer and all soft drinks (and all the food that you can eat, of course!). The food is extremely fresh and set up in buffet style, so you pick and choose what you like. Some of the Cold Starters and Salads include Beetroot, Smoked Salmon, Mixed Bean, Coleslaw, Potato, Onion and Cheddar Cheese Salad. The Hot Buffet and Side Dishes include favourites such as traditional English Fish Pie, Fried Cod in Beer Batter and Mushy Peas, Yorkshire Pudding, and Glazed Carrot and Turnip Garlic and Rosemary Roast Potatoes.
There is also a ‘live’ Roast Station, where a chef will cut up and serve juicy slices of meat for you including Salt Baked Leg of Lamb, Roast Prime Rib of Beef and Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken. This is an absolute must for meat lovers. My hubby was certainly in Seventh Heaven here…
My favourite section is the so-called Sweet Corner. Actually, I started my meal with the Oxford Bread and Butter Pudding with Brandy Custard which was absolutely delectable! There is also Sticky Toffee Pudding with warm Butter Scotch Sauce, Fruit and Sherry Trifle, Rhubarb Fools, Lemon Meringue Pie along with Freshly Baked Scones, Clotted Cream and Jam – basically enough to keep you going for the whole afternoon.
I got so caught up in talking about satisfying my cravings, that I completely forgot about the kids! They get their own little buffet with a variety of foods to choose from. This includes spaghetti with meatballs, sausage rolls, salads, chicken drum sticks and fish and chips (the waiting staff will make up fresh portions for you upon request).
I find Sunday Brunch at Zinc very relaxing and unwinding. Since the children’s play area is not directly connected to the restaurant, once the kids finish eating, one gets a greater sense of space to try out more dishes, while they play and are looked after by a baby sitter. The room is beautifully decorated in art deco style and the set up of the tables and chairs along with the amazing jazz band playing for you live, does not want to make you want to leave sooner than you have to. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially during the winter months.
If you enjoy fine dining, then try out Zinc in the evening sometime. The restaurants’s Executive Chef Ari Munandar, is a whiz at whipping up amazing fusion (Asian/European) cuisine such as Crispy Calamari with Spiced Salt and Chilli, Roasted Cashew Nuts and Green Mango Salad or Corn Fed Spring Chicken with Balinese Spices.
OPEN: Sundays from noon until 4pm.
ADDRESS: Hilton Prague Old Town. , V Celnici 7, 111 21 Prague 1: Tel: 221 822 300
DIRECTIONS: BY METRO: Yellow Line C to Namesti Republiky, take the Masarykovo Station exit and you’ll find yourself directly opposite the hotel. BY TRAM: nos 8, 14 or 26, getting off at Namesti Republiky. BY CAR: complimentary parking available in the hotel’s underground garage. Available from noon until 3pm.
FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.zinc.cz