It seems to be quite popular nowadays to serve food in old houses with old furnishing. The chain Polskie Jadlo has adopted this idea as well. If not visiting these places too often they are quite nice.
The furnishings shows old equipment from farm houses, often with a tile stove as a show piece. In some places there is a LARGE bed which is being transformed into a dining table for up to 12-14 people.
They all serve traditional Polish food, some of them also serve Russian, Moldovian, Lithua-
nian or Ukrainian food. However, the food is home made and really very well worth trying. And it is CHEAP! I had two potatoe pancakes with goulash. Together with a glass of blackcurrant juice it costed 14 Pln, ~3 Euro.
The name ("Peasant Food") suggests that you will have a genuine local culinary experience in a lovely authentic milieu.
We were even in two of this chain (they have 7 restaurants, 3 of which in Krakow).
The first (on Grodzka street) is bigger and has a more ample interior, the one in Stradom is smaller and simpler.
There is a huge selection of traditional food but you won't get "inappropriate" soft drinks like orange juice, cola or any other ones with gas, nevertheless the beer is quite good :-)
All guests will get a complimentary "starter": jars of locally made lard and spiced cheese cream ('Liptauer') with bread. Be careful: the lard is very stodgy! :-)
The staff is just perfect: very friendly, helpful and speaks good English.
It's a real must.
Favorite Dish: Stone soup with white sausage or ham, egg and potato (called "zur" or "zurek")
Hand-made pastry (called "pierogi", similar to the Russian ones) stuffed with cabbage or meat
Sweet thick pancakes (called "racuchy")
Mmmmmm......good good Polish eatin' !!!
There are 2 of these picturesque restaurants in Krakow.
The restaurants are themed to show the traditional country way of polish farm life. You will find the decor to be what a typical country house looked like not that long ago. Just the decor itself is enough reason to visit this restaurant.
Its 'slow food', a protest against the McDonald fast food way of food. Order yourself a beer, place your food order and patienly wait. In the meantime you will be served a fresh loaf of bred with smalec (bread spread) and twarozek (cottage cheese style type of spread). The food is like a Polish grandma made herself!!! Enjoy it!!!
Favorite Dish: Bread with smalec.
Mushroom soup.....if you like mushrooms, you will fall in love with this soup!
When I asked my hotel manager to recommend a great restaurant that serves true Polish food, he did not hesitate in suggesting Chlopskie Jadlo. The name means Peasant Kitchen, but don't let that fool you; the food is fit for kings!
First, there are two of these restaurants. While I was turned away from the first because they were full, the second, with the nice coat lady, welcomed me into the establishment quickly. It was a cold night, so I was in the mood for a hot meal. I asked the waiter for some suggestions and he recommended and translated half the menu, which suited me fine... I was hungry!
Below is what I had AFTER the loads of bread and lard (yes lard) that comes complimentry with each meal. I'm sure I clogged a few arteries with that. Just a few steps closer to a heart attack...
Favorite Dish: Aforementioned bread and lard
Red Borsch soup with dumplings
Pork meat with cranberries and other seasonings (can't remember everything)
This is not traditionally cooked food!! All the meats where DEEP fried. No polish home has a deep frier!!
All the meat was old at that. Some of the dishes they had you will not find at a polish home, for isntance chicken stuff with cheese, breaded and fried. THis is not a polish dish
Favorite Dish: the naleshniki and placki where ok
The interior design looks like it was an old cottage house. Especially in the Jana street where there is a table decorated as it was an old bed:) The music that entertains the guests while eating is traditional Polish.
When you order your food, while waiting the waiter brings you bread and 2 cups- one with cottage cheese and the second one with "smalec" (don't be afraid to taste the second one:). But the prices aren't that low but the dishes involve specialties of Polish cuisine.
In Krakow there are 3 restaurants that belong to the chain of Chlopskie Jadlo.
Favorite Dish: from all the Polish meals (in whatever restaurant you are) I would suggest you eating "pierogi ruskie".
But still, my mum's are better than anywhere else:))
I think you can go to all restaurants, just ask for free gluten meals...
Tesoro del Mar - it is restaurant located in Kazimierz - a magical disctrict of Cracow. That place is to be found in a historic terraced house. Interesting interior design and elegant decoration as well as intimateness, all contribute to unique atmosphere of the place. The cuisine, in turn, is created by a young and talented chef.In Spanish, Tesoro del Mar means treasures of the sea. There are places to which we always come back. They are unforgettable for all our senses: taste, smell, vison and hearing.
Below you can find list of Cracow restaurants:
If you want to try typical Polish food You have to go to:
CH£OPSKIE JAD£O - restaurant
Œw Agnieszki 1 Street, Cracow
Have a nice time in Poland!!!! :)
Ambience fairly nice and cellar location good on the eyes but beware of the food. I have never tasted anything so salty in my life before. I'm sure they must have shares in Wieliczka Salt Mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Service was average. Will never go there again. See photo of what is parked by the entrance - says it all!
Favorite Dish: None!
This restaurant features quite heavily on lots of vt pages as a place to go to for authentic tasting polish 19th centuary traditional peasent style food. We decided to visit a branch on the edge of Kazimerz instead of the more popular market square branch.
All the restaurants have similar decor, the wooden benches were draped with sheeps fur, a mock peasents kitchen and a roaring fire made it a very warm welcome from the chill outside.
For appetisers you are served rural bread with a pot of lard, before you say yechk its actually fairly good made with apples, garlic & majoram, think of bread & dripping. If that does not take you fancy you can spread the cottage cheese, chive & black salt mix on your bread.
As we were pressed for time we chose to have mixed salad for starters which is a buffet of various pickled cabbage, carrot & potatoe mixes - be warned the gerkhins are VERY salty.
For mains we bypassed anything with pierogi not having enjoyed them previously. I chose veal with polish mushrooms in cream & white wine sauce served with handmade regional dumplings (rather like gnocchi). This dish was very delicious, fairly large & very rich and I was not able to finish it. Sharon ordered the milk lamb in garlic butter with polish mushrooms. Lamb is not a very common dish in Poland so it being on the menu was an interesting find, Polish friends of mine living in London do not eat lamb as they say the lamb has a strange smell for them.
Some dishes do not come with vegetables or potato & side orders need to be ordered separately. The service was a bit on the slow side but if you have the time relax & enjoy the ambience you may need the time to recover from the heavy food. On sundays they serve a traditional apple cake which is free for all guests. Some have said this restuarant is a bit more on the expensive side and I suppose comparitavely speaking it may well be, but it is a worthwhile dining experience.
We visited the C.J just south of the old town square - down a little alley, nestled in a courtyard it was good but I wouldnt necessarily say it was any better than the lesser known periogi restaurants we had visited which were significantly cheaper. We like to try different things and my sons love soups so quite liked the fact you could order a mixture of different dumplings or soups. My little boy was really pleased to see his 4 (small) bowls of soup arrive on a tray just for him. One of them was tripe soup - he tucked in eagerly thinking it was squid ! Eventually owned up but it didnt put him off.
Portions were very big - neither I nor my husband could finish our huge portions of periogi - a good place to go if you want to share a dish !
Favorite Dish: 4 bowls of soup
Chlopskie Jadlo (Peasant kitchen) is one of the most well-known destinations in Cracow, popular with visitors and locals alike. The food is well-cooked, simple and delicious, and the portions suitably hearty to match the authentic peasant decor. This branch of the Chlopskie Jadlo group is ideally located near to Wawel Castle, and is a great place to stop off if you've walked from the town centre. A must visit, but you should reserve one of their long bench tables or cosy sleighs in advance if you plan to eat at the weekend.Nice, folklore atmosphere but food not so good like before. Also quite expensive for Poland. But if you look for a more local athmosphere check next tip
We had lunch at this local restaurant, which is located near the Rynek Glowny. It is an old cellar, very nice atmosphere, and the food was very convincing. The only thing my wife did not like was that her meal was too heavy, with a lot of lard. The platter of different sorts of Pierogi I had ordered was absolutely yummy. Including drinks, we paid about 15 Euros, which was definitely great value for money. In general, the food seems typical local stuff, as the place's name translates to "Farmer's Kitchen".
Favorite Dish: I had ordered a platter of Pierogi - some with meat, some with cabbage and mushrooms, some with cheese. They were very tasty, although quite rich and certainly not for those who prefer salads and other diet stuff...
The restaurant has many many outlets in the city area.... even one near the Jewish quarter as well. At the Jewish quarter there is even a store where you could buy some stuff to take home - bottles of james, marinates and also lard!!!!
We went to one bustling one, service was efficient and the place was bursting. There was pleasant music by 2 musicians - very very nice. Service was fast sa well... do go early - otherwise chances you may be turned away.
This is a place where you go once in a while - to clog your arteries
Favorite Dish: Once seated the lady brought us bread with two jars - one had cheese and herb spread and the other one was lard with chunks of fatty skin!!!
We ordered the stone soup - made of sour barley - highly recommend this soup. It is sourish, has white sausage, hardboiled egg and also a spud. We love it very much. I ordered the mushroom soup - which was thin soup with slices of wild mushrooms and sheets of pastas!!! it was nice byt the stone soup was miles yummier.
For mains we shared some local food - one was pregogie which is like large doughy ravioli - also similar to Chinese gowchee. They come in different filling; potato and cheese, mushroom and cabbage and mince meat as well. It was also laden with lard. We also have a local dish of pork rolled with prunes - and another dish of pork bacon with cabbages.
The food here is local - farmers style. The boys had hot beer with sour cherry - they said it was very nice toward the end bit of the drink.
This restaurant (or chain of) was given the title of Poland's best restaurant by the President of Poland, according to the menu. With visits from celebs such as Nigel Kennedy (who?) it has a formidable reputation. However, for us mere mortals, I would like to make everbody who goes there aware of the unusual free pre-meal snack. Before out main meal (which was some of the best steak I have ever tasted) the waitress (charming, beautiful) brought out a board with some heavy bread and two pots of spread. One was a very tasty cottage cheese (more like cream cheese) and one was pork renderings in lard. It was very unusual and had me slightly gagging when I heroically spread it liberally on a peice of bread and stuffed it wholeheartedly into my mouth. It was a real effort to chomp down on what tasted like pork scratchings crumbled into PURE LARD.
I must say that the other meals in Poland were very good indeed, especially the Gholash at Cafe Succience in Market Square, which I wholeheartedly recommend as they bring you no lard.
These are one of typical dishes, please dont force me to say what is this or how its called maybe some help from Polish VT'ers would be helpful ...Actually it was really tasty and delicious...and what about the beer ...great!!!!!