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U Holanu: "Off the beaten path genuine local dining" U Holanu Tip by kellycamille

U Holanu, Prague: 1 reviews and 0 photos

This was the most genuinely Czech restaurant I came across during my 4 months in Praha. Located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Vinohrady, it is below the radar of the masses of tourists. In spring of 2006, about $6USD could get you a filling Czech meal, a 0.5L Gambrinus, and leave enough for a modest tip (which is all that is expected)--a true bargain! An "English" menu is available, but the staff doesn't speak English. Request an "an-gleet-skee YEE-del-nee LEES-tek" and rely on pointing for best results. If I remember correctly, you seat yourself. It was generally filled with older, beer-drinking, chain-smoking Czech men. The service might seem a bit rude, but the waiter just wants to get back to his beer and his buddies--don't take it personally.

Don't go here to be a loud American. I love the US and I'm not ashamed to be American at all but it is definitely true that travellers from the US tend to ruin the peace of the generally soft-spoken Czechs.

Don't go here if you want anyone to dote over you--you're really not that important to them. Just enjoy their inexpensive food and witness the day-to-day life of some down-to-earth Czechs.

Favorite Dish: Gulas of Prague's Taximan-beef gulas served with potato dumplings in an amazing sauce with a few chunks of sausage

Svickova na smetane-beef in a cream sauce served with bread dumplings and topped with cranberry sauce garnish

My dad got the Moravian sparrow because he prefers to order things that most people would think are weird...I think we liked it...

Address: Near
Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: From Namesti Miru (Green line metro) South on Belgicka, right (W) on bruselska, left (S) on Londynska. Its either at the corner of Bruselska & Londynska or one block further, at the corner of Zahrebska & Londynska. On the left (east) side of Londynska.
Phone: +420 222 511 001
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 19, 2008
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