Eska, Karlín, Prague
It’s often very worthwhile making a trek across the city for a good meal. That was the case for my brunch over at Eska. The store is a grand two storeys, and there’s plenty of seating despite my concerns when I first walked in. It’s a busy store at that too, they do lots of takeout orders and offer a wide range of baked goods. I should also add this was hike to get to, but there are some public transport links available. Sam prefers to get the exercise in and more importantly, save myself the hassle of figuring something out!
Here I was to dine in for their brunch special. The style of the restaurant-cum-bakery is combining the old with new, changing ingredients beyond recognition. It’s clear to see that level of invention when you start digging into the food that this beyond your pedestrian brunch.
I had the breakfast Eska (345 CZK) which features fermented wheat, mushrooms, egg, bread, ham, horseradish and your choice of soft drink (mine was an apricot soda). It’s such a treat. There’s too much food and it was all so tasty. The fermented wheat was something I hadn’t ordered before and I enjoyed the taste a lot. It was flavourful and went so well with the different types of mushrooms, that were served in different styles with raw and cooked. The poached egg was beautifully cooked with the right amount of gooeyness.
The horseradish is creamy and doesn’t have that sharp flavour I was fearing (I did find it too intense at a recent dinner over at Flat Iron). The creaminess of that mix meant I was more than happy with the ham sandwich equivalent. Service is topnotch here and both the fizz and cold brew were Melbourne brunch-level excellent. So I’d happily recommend the Michelin Bib Gourmand-rated Eska!