TV tower diner not only for tourists
Eatery one of many planned improvements for TV Tower
Posted: September 4, 2013
For those who want to take advantage of the last days of summer sunshine, dining at Miminoo, the new garden restaurant at the base of the Žižkov TV tower, is a decent option.
Prague's tallest and oft talked-about structure has undergone a few changes since it was first built in the 1980s, including the addition of David Černý's crawling babies to the facade in 2000 and the opening of a single-room luxury hotel high up in the tower in early 2013. Still, local people tend to shun the communist-era structure, unlike other cities such as Paris, Berlin, Seattle and Toronto where tall towers have become a symbol of pride
Miminoo restaurant is just the beginning of a series of changes taking place around the base, which will in future also include a mini-golf course and playground, according to Tower Park Prague website. These are meant to make the area more inviting to the public.
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Miminoo salad - smoked and dried pork sirloin from dolomites served on mixed rocket and radicchio salad with cherry tomatoes 229 Kč
Miminoo mini-burgers with homemade mayonnaise sauce and chips 249 Kč
Pappardelle pasta with bacon from the Dolomites, baby spinach, garlic and pecorino cheese 159 Kč
Despite this prime location, the restaurant is only slightly above average in price and doesn't feel like a tourist restaurant. In fact, there is no English menu, though plenty of visitors probably pass by on their way up the tower to catch bird's-eye views of Prague.
The view from the bottom is onto Miminoo's classy outdoor dining space, with chic umbrella-shaded garden furniture, as well as a number of swinging benches on the lawn, presumably a romantic place to snuggle with a beverage on a warm day. On chillier days, there's a sleek interior within the all-glass walls, with numerous tables, or the hardier can choose to sit outside under a provided blanket. On mild winter days they might be able to set up some space heaters outside, but that remains to be seen.
Meat eaters - particularly lovers of beef - are especially well-served, with the majority of menu items being of the carnivorous variety. Vegetarians only have a few options to choose from, including a grilled goat's cheese salad with honey dressing (179 Kč) and pappardelle pasta with mushrooms, truffle oil, arugula salad and Parmesan cheese (179 Kč). The Czech classic of pickled Camembert-style cheese (89 Kč) is also available from the beer snacks menu.
A popular dish from a quick glance around was the Miminoo burgers (249 Kč). If you like burgers, this cute dish is an appealing order. Instead of one larger burger you get three small ones, each of them with a different mayonnaise-based sauce, and a side of homemade potato chips (what the British call chips.) However, due to their small size, the less skilled burger eater may find the Miminoo burgers a bit hard to manage. Though small in circumference, each burger is thick, and the meat is a bit on the tough side. Be prepared to get a bit messy.
A delicious option is the grilled pork and beef with grilled vegetables (259 Kč), which is served with something resembling a sweet chili sauce. The meat was flavorful and juicy, outshining the similar dish of roasted chicken thigh with grilled vegetables (189 Kč).
Those seeking something lighter can also choose from a selection of salads. The so-called sexy salad (239 Kč), a mixed garden salad with bacon-wrapped scallops and prawns, served with sticks of garlic bread, is a good choice. The salad comes undressed, so that you can season with high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar as you desire. According to the menu, all seafood at the restaurant is brought in fresh every week from Croatia.
The dinner menu changes up slightly, with some daily specials not found on the regular menu. On this visit the daily special of a grilled pork rib with vegetables was well-received.
Miminoo also offers a daily lunch menu of usually three options, a soup and two main courses (30 Kč, 105 Kč and 145 Kč, respectively).
Drink options are plentiful, including two types of Staropramen from the tank, as well as a number of other beers, homemade lemonade (that day it was either cucumber or ginger flavored), several wines by the glass and cocktails. A glass of Italian Chianti (65 Kč) was a nice accompaniment to the meal.
For dessert, Miminoo offers several scrumptious-looking cakes to choose from behind a display case (there is no real dessert menu), or a less common option is the Mövenpick ice cream from Switzerland, in over 20 flavors including lavender and blackberry.
Particularly when the weather cooperates, occasions which must be taken advantage of at this time of year, Miminoo's garden offers a relaxed yet refined outdoor dining ambiance. The main soundtrack in the outside space is a pleasant murmur of conversation. Customers can enjoy good food and drink at fair prices while still having a laid back environment to bring a date, their children, or even their dogs, or to sit back solo and enjoy the free wifi over a creamy cup o' cappuccino.
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