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Best of Warsaw: Modern Polish
Opasły Tom This is what you want from a dining room: sneaked off a lively street, guests duck down into a chain of two narrow-ish chambers that, whilst not exactly casual, feel comfortable and familiar. Its limited size helps this, but other factors do as well: having shown us... Read more
Best of Warsaw: One to Watch
Witek Iwański (Aruana) Seen as the golden boy of Polish cooking, Witek Iwański has been causing ripples ever since he was named as Magazyn Kuchnia’s ‘Discovery of the Year’ in 2013. Further accolades have come thick and fast, and have included the prestigious Prix au Chef de L’Avenir awarded... Read more
Best of Warsaw: Chef
Sebastian Wełpa So here we have it, the latest twist in Ale Wino’s remarkable story. To think, it all began as a humble online wine portal. But people liked it, to the extent a bricks and mortar venue was needed. Again, the public voted yes, and soon tables and... Read more
Best of Warsaw: Japanese
Uki Uki It’s been a magical debut year, that’s for sure. How much do the locals appreciate Warsaw’s original udon bar? Enough to queue outside the door? That’s right. Dining is a close quarters experience here, but is done so without complaint: that electric pasta maker turns out noodles... Read more
Best of Warsaw: Design

Best of Warsaw: Design

BOW 2018 27 February 2016 0

Łuski i Osći Not the obvious choice but certainly deserving: if nothing else, it’s a comfort to see a sushi bar escaping the usual formula. Instead of bamboo partitions and Hokusai waves find an enchanting aquarium wrapped around the bar and some graphic wall art explaining the ins and... Read more
Best of Warsaw: Pizza

Best of Warsaw: Pizza

BOW 2018 26 February 2016 0

Ave Pizza When finalizing this year’s categories there were dissenters in the office who wanted to cut ‘best pizza’. “Nothing has changed,” they squealed. So what!? The pizza world might have remained relatively static, but Ave deserve their moment of glory: the Ricco Calzone should have its name in... Read more
Best of Warsaw: Seafood
L’Arc You sometimes suspect Warsaw doesn’t give seafood the respect it deserves. But the city’s shortcomings are atoned for by L’Arc. Choose from the lobsters swimming on Death Row, then settle back for a meal to die for. Likewise, the oysters and mussels never disappoint. Honorable mention: Brasserie Warszawska,... Read more
Best of Warsaw: Mexican
El Popo In action since the 90s, El Popo has admittedly had its ups and downs. Currently enjoying one of its ups, that’s to the endless credit of chef Angel Aceves. The buzz is at night when Mariachi men serenade diners enjoying the expert tacos, chunky guacamole and lightning... Read more
Best of Warsaw: Kid Friendly
Der Elefant  Der Elefant’s kid friendly attitude extends far beyond humane service and a menu dla dzieci (that admittedly could be expanded). Allan Starski’s interior – he was the Oscar-winning set director for Schindler’s List, don’t you know – incorporates a play area complete with ball pool, slide and... Read more
Best of Warsaw: Steak

Best of Warsaw: Steak

BOW 2018 22 February 2016 0

Merliniego 5 Big shots go for the Class 9+ Tajima-Gyu Kobe beef every time, though even the standard filet mignon deserves the red carpet treatment: here the cow really does become something to worship. We ate here twice in 2015, and were left speechless both times – that good.... Read more

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