Once again, a typical, mountain restaurant serving regional food, reasonably priced. I heard some people complain about slow service, but visiting the place twice, both times we were served quickly. The second time the waitress came up to us three times before we finally made up our mind about the order. What's funny about the menu is that some names of local dishes didn't tell me anything, it was only from detailed English description given underneath that I found out what those dishes were. Contrary to impressive, bilingual menu the waitresses were rather monolingual, but they seemed to deal with foreign customers pretty well.
The restaurant is very comfortably located for those going to of coming back from two extremely popular attractions near Szczawnica: Homole Ravine or Bia³a Woda. It is next to the last bus stop in Jaworki, so you can check the timetable and than wait for it over a plate of something really nice.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed the food there. First, I had pan-fried trout, a plate of delicious salads (they were so good I ordered another one) and a glass of wine. I paid about 40 PLN. The second time I had 'placki ziemniaczane' - I think they are translated as fried potato pancakes - with sour cream (Polish speciality) and again a plate of salads and something to drink. This time the bill was slightly over 20 PLN. Most popular way to serve placki ziemniaczane is with meat in form of something like goulash.
First of all, it's the location - right under the top of Bereœnik hill, directly above Szczawnica. You get there from the town centre after a 40-minute walk (time for admiring the views included), , passing Bryjarka and the big metal cross on the way. Whether you choose to sit inside or outside you get a great panoramic view of Szczawnica and its whereabouts.
It's a place with relaxed atmosphere, which has a touch of humour about it. Take that wooden guy with hair made from a broom, sitting outside at the table...
Favorite Dish: I wasn't particularly hungry when I got there but I'd read and heard that the food is good. And so it is. I had pencakes with season fruit and they were absolutely delicious! And they looked georgous, too.
As most restaurants in Lesser Poland, which have 'Zajazd' or 'Karczma' in the name, Czarda is a typical mountain restaurant, made form thick logs. Inside you'll find wooden tables and benches, the decoration and music gives a good taste of local folklore. The location is also very nice - along a popular blue hiking trail, next to a little waterfall called 'Zaskalniak', a popular summer tourist destination. The restaurant was awarded Pascal's Prize in 2003, the diploma is proudly displayed on the counter.
It also seems to be a favourite spot for group entertainment evenings.
Favorite Dish: I had blueberry dumplings with fresh cream and they were quite good.
Me & Marek discovered this restaurant when we were walking back to our place, after the Dunajec River experience.
We were intrigued by the building & checked the place. It was a restaurant !
The name of the restaurant is Koci Zamek; It also means "Castle of the Cats" ! Wow ! Superb !
We decided to have our meals there & once inside, we were amazed at the interior of the restaurant !
They look like small underground caves...with steps going up or going down....almost like an underground maze !; We can actually choose which cave we want to dine in....
Each cave is decorated with armours, statues, masks, weapons.....totally an amazing sight !
Please look at more photos in my travelogue for Koci Zamek....
Favorite Dish: The foods are amazing, although we didn't spend too lavishly in there....'cos we had to move on with our travel...
Hey ! There's even a disco in Koci Zamek but nobody was inside; It was still too early....
There's a bar & a bigger cave for some 20 people, maybe more.
I guess during the summer time, when this area of The Pieniny, this place would attract more people; During the days, they could hike & walk around the mountains & at night, they could dance the night away in Koci Zamek !
Too bad, I didn't do that although I would love...Next time !
Another 3 nice decorations on the wall inside Koci Zamek !
The decorations looked new as the restaurant was just opened for business maybe.
At least Szczawnica would have something people will talk about I hope as I have discovered Koci Zamek.
It is certainly in the evening, Koci Zamek would attract some patrons !
There's a bar in there ! I took a peek of some drinks offered; The bar was not opened yet & we didn't want to wait 'cos we had to sleep early & wake up early to continue my journey the following day...
A nice 'cavern' this one ! Notice The Door & The Mask !
I asked the permission to take photos in the restaurant; No problem whatsoever.
As if they wanted somebody to take some photos so that it would introduce their restaurant more widely.
My pleasure !
Just look at some old weapons adorning the walls of Koci Zamek while you eating in this fine restaurant.
The scenario is like eating in a castle dining hall, well my observation; Don't know about other people though...
The interior of the restaurant is really nice. Each 'cavern' has individual tables & chairs for 2 persons, 3 persons....up to 20 persons; We can move from one 'cavern' to another, climbing the stairs, down the stairs...like a maze !
So, we can choose which 'cavern' that we want to dine in & watching people passing our 'cavern' on their way looking for their own !
As we enter one room or rather a cell, which looked like a cave; Dimly lit; We would enter another room....It goes round & round; Going up & going down....
Hard for me & Marek to settle at the best dining table....
The door was opened & we entered. We got more curious...
Who wouldn't after you look at that left photo.
There was nobody at the door so we just steped in !
The interior started to grab me right away ! It's nicely decorated to welcome me & Marek...
It was inviting me & Marek to take a closer look.
I took another photo, feeling intrigued by the experience of discovering the nice looking building.
"Would this be an expensive restaurant ?", I asked Marek. He said "Let's check it out !".
Just keeping this bill from Koci Zamek; Now you know what we ate there !
For me it was a nice dinner, also I could say a parting dinner for Marek who had been halping me in some of the great destinations that I went to in his home country Slovakia & south of Poland.
[Click on 'Slovakia' or 'Poland' to see the respected page].
This is the bill from another restaurant that we went to...When I travel, I eat cheap. I just can't afford to dine lavishly because it's just enough for me to fill my tummy as I could use the money for more important issues.