Pierogarnia is a tiny little self service restaurant in the old town of Krakow. Its main dish is pierogi, which is something like a Polish ravioli dish. The interior is cozy: the walls are decorated with kitchen antiques and next to the counter there is a little window. The first time we were there, there was a lady sitting behind the window actually making these pierogi. It was such a special thing to actually see that you get your food hand made! They have 6 tables and can seat about 20 people! But you can also take the food away! The only little drawback was the plastic plates and forks and knives - it would have probably tasted that tiny bit better with nice porcelaine plates! Still we can only recommend this place (and the fact that we went there twice proves how much we liked it!)
Favorite Dish: And here is the complete menu - unfortunately only in Polish. They do have like a clothesline on the wall with the dishes written both in Polish and in English, so you can point at them when ordering.
The first time we had mixed pierogi traditional style and mixed pierogi "fantasy style". These pierogi were filled with different stuffings, like ground beef, mushrooms, cottage cheese, spinach, grut etc. We did go back a second time and ordered the traditional mix once again (too delicious!!) and a plate with noodles, cabbage and saussage - very good as well.
No alcohol is served, but you can get mineral water or juice there.
Gillybob was determined to eat pierogies on her last night in Krakow-the rest of us didn't need too much persuading. Off the main square we came across this place, which had seating for our group of 10 or so.
Quite basic, but homely.
Self service at a wooden counter, behind which was an old pine dresser with pots and jars. The place resembled a grandmothers kitchen.
The menu was printed (in Polish, English and German) on sheets of paper, pegged on a line along one wall (pic 4), there was also a blackboard with items chalked up (in Polish) (pic 3)
Our table decided to order a selection, that we could all try-A selection of pierogies (with meat and a cheese filling),and cabbage with meat filling etc. (pic 2)
You choose, then place your order at the counter, and pay. No alcohol served, but a selection of soft drinks-juices, carbonated drinks and water.
Once your order is ready, you're called to the counter to collect it. Food is served on paper plates, with plastic cutlery - we were hungry-so we didn't care! I suppose this could be called Fast Food- but there was none of the neon signs/pictures of the food on laminates etc associated with Fast Food joints.
After your meal, you put your plate and cutlery in the wooden box near the door (pic 5)
I enjoyed my selection, but it was very filling. Not as heavy and stodgy as I'd expected Polish food to be before my trip, but it was enough.
I'm not entirely sure of the price-we split it between us, but I thinjk it was about 12 zloty (I could be mistaken)
Apparently the smarter looking place next door is owned by the same people.
There is a sister restaurant in Warsaw
Open 24 hours!!! (I'm waiting for a branch in Sheffield now!!!!!)
I love the traditional Polish Pierogi, as I love Chinese Dumplings and Italian Ravioli. The Pierogi comes with all kinds of stuffings, all from cabbage and mushroom to cottage cheese, ground beef, spinach or sweet ones with fruit and cottage-cheese. At Pierogarnia they make them by hand and in several variations.They also serve traditional Polish soups, you can buy a combinated menu of both soup and pierogis. A plate of pierogies costs about 8 zloty.
The place is often crowded since it is popular and quite small. But try it anyway, it is worth waiting for!
Favorite Dish: It is difficult to choose, but I think like the Ruskie Pierogi best, they are stuffed with cheese, potatoes and fried onion.
Eight types of pierogi to choose from and traditional Polish dishes and soups available. Zurek (sour rye soup) and barszcz (beetroot soup) are signature soups for Poland. Finish off with the sernik (polish cheesecake). And, it's all accompanied with wonderful 1950's Polish music.