Prague’s New Town now has a little Argentinian flair, thanks to Gran Fierro. Opened by Juan Cruz Pacino, this steakhouse and cocktail bar has become a firm fixture on the dining cards of those looking for a juicy steak while visiting the capital of the Czech Republic. Its sleek surrounds don’t hurt either. Designed by the Prague-based Studio Formafatal, Gran Fierro is a bold space, mixing leather, wood, and industrial light fixtures, with an eye-catching bar front and centre. There are splashes of blue and orange throughout, as well as a backlit art installation of cows, which keeps the idea of steak firmly in mind while ordering.
Speaking of food, while the steaks, from skirt to tenderloin, are cooked on a Josper Grill to meaty perfection, there’s a mouthwatering selection of other dishes on offer. The tapas and starter sections feature mouthfuls of everything from fried yucca with smoked pepper sauce and chorizo with quail eggs and chimichurri to Carpaccio de Lomo (tenderloin carpaccio served with rocket salad, truffle oil, parmesan and champignon). The mains, meanwhile, include ribs (with the Gran Fierro BBQ sauce), empanadas, burgers, salads and spicy chicken wings. There are even sharing dishes, like the spectacular Chateaubriand: a hefty tenderloin that comes with foie gras and Malbec sauce flambéed in cognac, as well as homemade truffle oil french fries. And for a taste of something sweet, there are plenty of South American inspired desserts. The dulce de leche mousse is always a good choice, if you leave room, of course.
To wash it all down, Gran Fierro offers all manner of libations. There’s a handful of beers and ciders, as well as soft drinks, and a comprehensive selection of cocktails. While you could play it safe and stick with a mojito, that would be to miss out on drinks like the Gran Manhattan (made with Maker’s Mark whisky, sweet vermouth, benedictine, maraschino cherry syrup and homemade chocolate and chilli bitters), or the Old Town Negroni, a concoction featuring homemade passion fruit gin, Aperol and sweet vermouth.