Deliver Us From Evil!
As the implications of a restaurant shutdown ring around Poland’s F&B sector, those involved in the industry have struck back in a spirited bid to keep the segment afloat – if the public can’t get to the restaurant, then take the restaurant to the public!
Below we present a selection of many of those, but please regard the following list as a work in progress that will be further supplemented as more restaurants formulate a coherent plan.
DISCLAIMER: Whilst we have endeavored to be as accurate as possible, please note that due to the highly dynamic nature of the situation, information can vary – referring to each restaurants specific social media pages is advised (for the relevant hyperlink, click on the restaurant title).
ul. Mokotowska 48
It’s a sign of the times that this fancy neo bistro-style affair has had to enter the take-away game, and they’ve dozne a cracking job of it. Each day, pick a main and a starter for zł. 45 and then add in a tenner for delivery. As one of the best restaurants in town, it’s a deal you can’t sniff at.
Al. Jana Pawła II 50
Such is the budget nature of the interior, you’re actually better off getting Bangkok to deliver – and this they do via Wolt, Pyszne and Uber. We’re not alone in rating it as the top Thai in town.
Beirut / Kraken
ul. Poznańska 12
Present on Wolt, Pyszne and Uber, this duo of inter-connected venues also offer personal pick-up between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Check social media for a menu whose highlights inc. various hummus combos, kofta mixes, seafood and… Philly cheesesteak!
ul. Wiślana 8
For the last two-years Bez Gwiazdek have dominated our Best of Warsaw awards with their sophisticated interpretation of lesser-known regional Polish cuisine. Having spent late-March finessing their delivery offer, watch their social media from April onwards to see how they ace the take-out business.
ul. Nowogrodzka 10
Thinking outside of the (delivery) box, Bibenda offer 3-course family dinners (zł. 120 for 2) couriered to you each Friday and Sat. Place your order before 10 p.m. on Thursday and they’ll do the rest.
Al. Jana Pawła II 23
Another place rising to the challenges of today, Bombaj Masala will bring you Indian food that exceeds the normal standard through Roomservice.pl as well as their own channels. And they’re still prepping their daily lunch deals as well.
Butchery & Wine
ul. Żurawia 22
Warsaw’s premier steak house have knocked the restaurant thing on the head for the time being and instead repurposed themselves as a butcher operating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Breaking news: rather special sandwiches now available as well!
ul. Twarda 4
Takeout and delivery options available: see their FB for deets. Working Mon to Sat, nowhere nails the taste of Latin America with quite the same gusto.
Find Poland’s most prevalent Indian chain on platforms like Pyszne: rumor has it their vindaloo is being scientifically tested in the ongoing battle to scorch the coronavirus from this planet once and for all (just kidding!). The point stands: you’re going to seriously sizzle.
ul. Wilcza 11
Contactless deliveries and pickups with payment conducted solely using Blik – call direct between noon and 8 to order from a sushi restaurant that’s officially rated by HappyCow as the city’s top vegan venture.
A staple of the Insider’s delivery diet, find the hip hop lads at Gringo making contactless deliveries in a a pimped-up gringo-mobile through their own house app. Nachos, burritos and quesadillas plus a range of salsas that range from mild to lethal – we love ‘em!
ul. Widok 8
After a couple of weeks weighing up the situation, Guru have reopened for both pick-up and delivery orders. To use the latter, check Wolt, Uber Eats, Pyszne and Royal Menu. It’s the Insider’s favorite Indian for simply too many reasons, but among them are factors such as the duck vindaloo and their legendary phaal – marketed as the hottest curry in Poland, it’ll knock you sideways!
Koko & Roy
ul. Wilcza 43
Designed to travel and keep well (and even freeze!), Koko & Roy’s #StayHome menu sees the equivalent of two-to-three servings packed in a 1,000 ml container. Contact via social media to order beautiful dishes such as BBQ pulled pork; corn and potato chowder with bacon and chives; or beef and porter stew. At all costs, this Insider fave must be protected!
ul. Nowolipki 15
Fried chicken from the heavens along with zappy sauces to go with it. Hipster street food tastes just fab with Kura – find them on Wolt and Room Service.
Kur & Wino
ul. Andersa 21
It took a while for Kur & Wino to build a cult reputation, but build it they did. Simply the juiciest, sexiest rotisserie chicken you can imagine will now be brought to your abode courtesy of the new knights of the road: Uber Eats. In keeping with the climate, prices have dropped 30%.
ul. Puławska 16
Delivering what you might know as the city’s best upmarket seafood, hit up L’Arc for a 600 gram whole lobster with lime mayo, lemon and sauce for a bargain zł. 199. Oysters, mussels, shrimps, squid, etc., also available seven days a week and dispatched right to your door.
ul. Piękna 54
Pre-order via phone to pick-up yourself, or get someone else to do the work for you by visiting Uber Eats or Glovo. This whole crisis would have been a damn sight worse without their short-rib burrito making regular journeys to this writer’s home office.
ul. Poznańska 13
While they do personal pickup (normal menu items discounted to the tune of 25%), delivery is preferred. Wolt, Uber, Pyszne and Glovo all serve those needs, and in return you’ll be receiving vegan pizzas that break the law in their irresistibility.
In Warsaw since the mid-90s, it’s going to take more than a pandemic to dent Le Cedre’s standing. Look to Room Service to enable your hankerings for authentic Lebanon.
Mąka i Woda
ul. Chmielna 13A
No longer will you be without your favorite Naples-style pizza. Beyond delivering their pizza, pastas, cold cuts and sarnies to you, they can also supply organic flour, fresh sourdough and various other posh ingredients you can prep at home.
ul. Walecznych 64
Offering pick-up or delivery for those within a 10-minute radius, this Saska eatery has a special crisis menu with slashed prices and mainstay faves like burgers and steaks: at zł. 55, the filet mignon is an astonishing deal. And in the deli section, everyone knows you won’t find better meat in Warsaw.
ul. Oleandrów 8
MOD’s eclectic mix of ramen and classic French influences has made them one of Warsaw’s favorite eateries. Having premiered a special ‘stay at home’ menu, track them down on Uber Eats and Wolt to enjoy their dishes whilst penned in by bog roll in your protective anti-viral chamber.
Mr. Greek Souvlaki
ul. Londyńska 16
A family-run passion project, it’s with fingers crossed that businesses like this make it through. Open for takeaway from noon till 7 p.m., head here not just for Warsaw’s best moussaka and freshly wrapped pittas, but to back just about the nicest restaurateur you could wish to meet.
Al. 3 Maja / ul. Kruczkowskiego
Having had its path to becoming Warsaw’s coolest nightspot inconveniently blocked by the coronavirus, attention now finds itself falling on Mr. Oh’s kitchen. And oh indeed. Delivering within a 3.5 click radius, you’re going to find yourself treated to some smashing pan-Asian food that runs from bao with seitan and hoisin sauce to the wacky Samurai sandwich. And attention please: in keeping with Polish law, they can’t deliver booze, but they can send out pre-mixed non-alc cocktails that just require you to top up with booze.
ul. Pańska 85
If Warsaw’s best Chinese food wasn’t a reason to order, then consider swinging by to pick up a bottle of something bubbly – as things stand, drinks prices have been slashed by 50%. If you don’t intend on moving from your flat, then instead order via Room Service.
ul. Koszykowa 1
In local terms, these boys pretty much rewired the entire dude food scene when they opened a few years back. Experts when it comes to meat, their hybrid sandwich-burgers are just the ticket for a night spent skyping your mates in a virtual pub. Find them on Wolt or Uber, or contact them direct for cold cuts should you prefer to build your own epic tower of meaty goodness.
ul. Marszałkowska 68/70
Pick-up on site (one customer at a time) or delivered through Uber, Wolt and Glodny. Unashamedly untraditional but never compromising on either taste or quality, Przyjemność are without doubt our pizza of the year – fail to support them and we’ll send round a thug to rough you up.
ul. Koszykowa 1
New York pizza and Chinatown-style comfort food delivered by Wolt, Uber and Glovo. If they’re out of your zone, then Regina can organize their own people to deliver to you instead. We can testify it’s brilliant on-the-sofa food!
ul. Karolkowa 30
Every city needs a restaurant like Shoku. Serving a fusion of modern Asian flavors, they’ll deliver pretty much anything on their menu (“no fried beef, desserts or eggplant fuzu,” say the management, “they don’t travel well”), when contacted by phone. Min. order is set at zł. 50 with token delivery charges applied.
ul. Wilcza 26
Might be delivering, might not be – all depends on a test run they’ll be carrying out at the end of March. Run by a brilliantly cool Iraqi-Polish couple, their food’s been reviewed by one FB user as a “Michelin restaurant collided with a food truck.” That’s not too much of a wayward description: the Middle East has never tasted better, at least not in Warsaw.
The Cool Cat TR
ul. Marszałkowska 8
Mega fun, hugely tasty, pseudo-Asian cuisine delivered via Wolt and Uber – if you’re not on either of those, then they can also send round their own Cool Car! You can also pop by for pick-up yourself, though you’ll be making your contactless payment by waving your card at the window – not even delivery boys are allowed inside. At a time when everyone is executing the highest standard of hygiene, TCC take it to unimaginable heights!
ul. Mokotowska 8
A great butcher’s counter has been complimented by a delivery menu featuring a posh version of zapiekanka, beef bourguignon and hefty goulashes. Seek them out direct to order.
Serving not just via Pyszne, Wolt and Glovo, this pioneering vegan chain has also established its own distribution channels using a central number. Their specially adapted ‘crisis menu’ features reduced prices and more hot options.
ul. Krucza 23/31
It was Uki Uki that first sent Warsaw noodle crazy, and they’ve taken the bull by the horns to continue their crusade. Pick-up and delivery options available with the latter only a choice within a 5K zone (“Sorry Ursynów,” say the management!).
ul. Smolna 4
Either ready to eat or ready to reheat (instructions provided!), The Green Bear accept both personal pick-ups or can deliver via Room Service. It’s been a while since we’ve road-tested this modern Polish restaurant ourselves, but we very much doubt they’ve fallen below anything than excellent.
ul. Poznańska 7
Collaborating with Wolt, Pyszne and Uber Eats, Zkurczybyk have more reason to curse than others. Just as word was escaping how good they are, along came Covid-19. Savagely messy, their world-beating hot wings are things of profound, holy beauty, likewise, their meat-oriented sandwiches. If you live near, you can pick them up yourself between 3 and 10.
Pl. Konesera 1
Going significantly beyond the call of duty, Zoni’s online menu includes vacuum-packed mains, an array of snacks, bread and cheeses, as well as aged steaks ready for your grill. Even delivering to the end of the universe (ie Konstancin, Łomianki, etc.), precautions include a max. kitchen staff of four, regular temperature checks and regularly disinfected delivery vehicles.