Cafe Polskie Smaki Restaurant combines elements of traditional Kashubian, and Polish national cuisines, using plethora of fresh, local seasonal products. The Executive Chef, Krystian Szidel, emphasises simplicity of dishes in Polskie Smaki being the key to their allure. The main inspiration for dishes prepared in Polskie Smaki has been regional Kashubian cuisine, and richness of the Baltic Sea.
The menu is rich in fresh fish (herring, Baltic trout, cod, or trout), select meats (Polish seasonal beef, duck, goose), and the typical Polish dish – pierogi. Polskie Smaki, apart from the main menu, also offer seasonal dishes with surprisingly intense flavours and aromas. These are truly unique dishes that are available for one month, to be replaced by other delicious, seasonal specialties. Autumn and winter specialties are full of mushroom aromas, forest fruit, aromatic meat, as well as fish, game, and poultry. Spring and summer provide fresh fruit and vegetables, delicate fish dishes, soups, and smooth starters. And all of them promote Polish cuisine.
Krystian Szidel uses traditional, local recipes. Fish soup soured with pickle juice is a recipe straight from local fishermen. The chef personally prepares many of the dishes served in Polskie Smaki. Here, you can enjoy homemade bread, smoked meats, or freshly prepared ice-cream, served with traditional Polish sweet treats – a perfect finale to a visit at Polskie Smaki.
The drinks menu is also rich in Polish products: Polish vodkas, such as Ostyoa, Potocki, Belvedere, or the local Vestal Pomorze vodka, made by John Borell from Asterix potatoes. The menu also includes Polish wines, ciders, beers, meads and liqueurs. Brands such as Srebrna Góra vineyard, Cydr Tradycyjny (Traditional Cider) from Trzebnica, or the excellent beer from Browar Starogdański (Starogdański Brewery) are all liquors based on traditional recipes that come from Poland’s most valued local manufacturers.
Café Polskie Smaki Restaurant Specialities
Homemade goose breast
Served with marinated mushrooms straight from Kashubian forests, together with dog rose jam and canola oil. Goose meat that we serve comes from a local farmer from the area of Gowidlino, a Kashubian town, famous for this delicacy. We rub the breast with salt and pepper and store for a few days in low temperature. Then, we smoke it in alder and juniper smoke.
Cod-stuffed pierogi (dumplings)
You can’t visit Polskie Smaki and not try our famous dumplings. Homemade, fresh, and soft. The ones stuffed with boiled potatoes and cod (the Kashubian pomuchla), fried with onion and garlic, with dill, thyme, and finely chopped smoked salmon are particularly captivating, with their delicate, yet pronounced flavour.
Pike-Perch in brine
The aromatic Kashubian honey, carrot, allspice and bay leaf marinate makes the fish perfect to serve just a few hours after placing it in the aromatic decoction. However, it tastes best the following day, served with homemade rye bread, baked in our restaurant.