Krakow: Piwnica Pod Kominkiem

 On our first night in Krakow we set out to find a Polish restaurant near our apartment. After an early evening local beer in the main square of the old town listening to jazz, we found this restaurant in a nearby side street offering only Polish food. In its courtyard we were fortunate to get a table. We decided to go for a three course meal, choosing toasted smoked cheese and local meat dumplings (pierogi) for starters washed down with red and white Polish wine. The dishes were tasty and cooked well and attractively presented, and the Polish wine, a first for us was very glugable. For mains we had zander, a river fish dish and roasted duck with red cabbage. The fish was beautifully presented with salad arranged like waves of water. It had firm texture but a delicate flavour and was boneless. It was served with small jacket potatoes, saffron sauce and a pea and mint puree and calebrese. The duck was equally sumptuous and served with potato dumplings. Dessert was a delicious cooked cheesecake with half peaches, a cherry sauce and a shortbread crumb. We accompanied them with a smooth hazelnut flavoured vodka. What a feast! And the servers were always helpful and courteous even if they were not the swiftest in looking after all the diners’ various needs. However when we tried to go back one lunchtime, its publically advertised opening time of 12 noon was not reflected in what the restaurant actually operated. Aug 2018

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