At first, on entering we were hit by the total emptiness of the restaurant and very nearly both me and my husband decided to leave the place.
Despite our feelings, we were very warmly welcomed by the waiteress and immediately shown to our table.
Still wondering wether to leave or not, we were given a short menu which completely immersed us with curiosity and captured out full attention whilst reading it.
Ok, we ordered a seven course tasting menu and straight away some warm bread and flavoured butters got brought to the table. a minute later we were brought an amouse bouche. A savory biscuit base with celeriac nuts and grapes. Ok, little did we know but this was going to be a great journey into polish food and flavours.
The first dish was smoked Taczin trout with sloe berry juice and horseraddish. My oh my, was this starting to excite us. The clean sharp flavours were simply bliss.
Next, was a tartare of polish lamb with lamb pate with all the classical trimmings to go with it. This was superior in taste. Probably the best tartare I've ever eaten. Silky, smooth and perfectly seasoned.
The dumpling with smoked eel and pear was awesome but as we got poured literaly a drop of fish consomme with this, we really thought we were going to go out feeling hungry at the end of this.
Next, pork belly with a rich meat sauce and herb buttermilk, this totally blew us. The meat was butter soft and perfectly ballanced with the sauce and creamy buttermilk.
The waiteress informed us this also was a special Polish breed of pig ;Zlotnicki.
Potatoes were on the menu for the 5th dish. This was clearly out very favourite of the evening. Amazing flavours and textures. Sour cream with soft potato mash, potato crunch and a crispy potato crisp with some fragrant dill oil. The waiteress then poured some smoked potato consomme into the dish to finish it off. Truly amazing. I really couldn't get enough of this one.
Dish No 6. Beef ribs with potato and horseraddish. Don't they just love their potatoes over here! ;) The meat was ridicoulously soft and moist, a little salty but not overkill. The potetoes worked well but I wasn't sure about the gherkins which were chopped and served in some kind of sauce. Never the less, the main subject hence the meat was cooked perfectly to our liking and finished the savoury dishes of this tasting menu very nicely.
Oh, boy, did the dessert wake up my sweet tooth. What an ecxiting mish mash of flavours and textures. Sweet, sour, crispy, smooth, liquid, tangy, nutty, chocolaty, creamy... the list goes on. Three petit fours were presented on a wooden board "which looked clean" as I hate eating of anything wood as far as hygiene goes.
and beside each of them was a syrup like juice, a kind of pairing in a way but all alcohol free. The wallnut filled chocolate was given with a smooth cherry drink, a cone made from pastry filled with almond cream was paired with surprisingly peach and fresh basil and a wierd and wonderful wild rose and chocolate praline got accompanied with a yuzu juice. Plenty of flavours to satisfy anybodys pallate.
This was in every way, one of the most exciting tasting menus we've tried and most certainly will never forget the experience.
Previously we ate an 8 course tasting menu at Atelier Amaro which too was to an amazing standard and gave us plenty of satisfaction the whole evening.
A little dissapointed there was no wine paring to go with the dishes but the food stole our hearts and won the whole evening.
This will most deffinetly be a favourite of ours and we just hope the prices don't jump sky high when the place get's it's first star.
Deffinetly a place to recommend for superior food, class and service.
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