Often I’m being asked where in Prague to go for a traditional Czech meal, a decent meal and with the possibility of a Kids Indoor Playground? Hmm, that’s a tough one. The majority of the restaurants are Breweries (just like this one) with a wide choice of heavy Czech food - yet very tasty. But one with an Indoor Playground??? If anybody has a good TIP please let us know. So far I’ve found only this one, its right on Andel (a major public transport hub) and it has a nice garden with a small play area.
This restaurant is within the courtyard of the Andel Apartments. The prices are very reasonable and the location is perfect so if you are looking for a accommodation as well - try here. I can imagine it would be very convenient for tourists or visiting relatives to have their apartments right above a Restaurant Garden with good Czech beer. The perfect holiday for some :-)
Back to our own experience. You know the rule on how to keep kids happy and occupied… give them water and sand… in this case they got water. See, right in the middle of the restaurant there is a small stone pond (I guess it could be called a fountain) and because it was a hot day the boys started splashing at each other immediately. We told them off but none of the staff really cared. After setting the boys straight they played nicely, fishing for stones from the pool and were happy and quiet.
As I have mentioned the restaurant has a small playground, a mini playground. For my 2 rascals it was a bit small. Still they climbed all over it. It has a small slide suitable for kids 2-4 years. Right next to it there were 2 electric cars operating on coins. That cost us some extra money too…
Of course, the garden is opened only in the warmer months. This restaurant has a long tradition and they have a very nice dining area in the basement. If I hadn’t visited their web pages I wouldn’t even know that they even have a nice bowling lane downstairs. I can easily imagine a private party there or booking a family game. The interiors are impressive and quite historical, I wouldn’t hesitate taking a foreign visitor here as well.
Now to the food. Does anybody know what the 3 National Czech meals are?
1. Pork Roast with Czech Dumplings and Sour Cabbage
2. Svickova - Tender Sirloin in a Creamy Sauce with Dumplings and Cranberries
3. Beef Goulash
I am not a big fan of Czech meals but the Svickova was to die for here. Its a safe bet for kids too. All the kids I’ve ever met love Svickova. For me I ordered the first option - Pork roast, our number one National meal. It wasn’t anything special and I was anxiously waiting for the boys to leave some leftovers of yummy Svickova. I never really got this, why the Czechs called it Svickova - Svicka means Candle in Czech so it would translate into something like Candle Meal… it doesn’t make sense to me at all! Maybe I should search our history and educate myself. Maybe the shape of the Sirloin is like a candle? I’m sure someone clever has an explanation…
They do have a decent menu that also features Salads, Fish and Chicken and since it’s a Plzen Brewary (Plzensky Pivovar), they draft Czech Pilsener 12 - the original. Not the one that the Americans claim is theirs :-). The weaker beer they serve draft is Kozel 10.
OPEN: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 18:00, if you need babysitting on the weekends you can reserve with the restaurant in advance. Also Tuesdays and Wednesdays they open early from: Tue 07:15, Wed: 07:45
ADDRESS: Nádražní 114, Prague 5 (right at Anděl)
OPEN: Mo - Thur, Sun: 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat: 11:00 - 24:00
RESERVATION FOR BOWLING: +420 257 325 354
PRICES FOR BOWLING: 11:00 - 18:00: 250,- Czk/hour, 18:00 - 24:00: 350,- Czk/hour
DIRECTIONS: Easily reached by public transport and by car. The restaurant is right opposite the Coloseum Restaurant and Andel metro. You can park underneath in the huge car park at Novy Smichov Shopping Mall. The first 3 hours are free and on weekends the first 5 hours are free. By Metro: take the yellow B line to station ANDEL. By Tram: take the 4, 7, 9, 10, 12 or 16 to tram stop ANDEL.
FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.restauraceandel.cz/cz/fotogalerie/ only in Czech