Increasingly finessed, Polish cuisine has been modernized with aplomb by a whole raft of new wave eateries and visionary chefs. For stodge-free, creative interpretations of Polish classics, look no further than the following market leaders.
Each month sees a new tasting menu spotlighting a different region Poland. Filled with delicate and precise flavours, Robert Trzópek’s cooking is the polar opposite of the mundane Polish feast, and is enjoyed in a casual and intimate setting on a quiet Powiśle side street.
Swathed in white-on-white colours and orb-like installations, The Eatery feels blissfully cocooned from the outside world. Chic and causal in both look and taste, everything about it captures the freshness of modern Poland.
Hardwood floors, exposed pipes and a flurry of plants equip an open area decorated with blasts of contemporary art, recycled furnishings and extravagant light installations. Menu-wise, the food lights the soul. But more than just celebrating the power of local produce, there’s a refinement at play that speaks of a kitchen team that aims for magnificence.
For Polish new wave then hub.praga is tough to beat. Appearing as miniaturised works of art, the offerings of Witek Iwański are complemented by a tan, beige and white interior that feels as light and design-minded as the cuisine.
Once seen as a classic restaurant for ‘old people’, Pod Gigantami has been revived under celebrity ownership into a spot where heritage meets hip. Crossing into party territory at the weekend with 3 a.m. closing times and banging cocktails, during daylight enjoy the modernised creations of Bartek Kapica as well as a strictly old school schabowy – it’s a giant!