Whether you are seeking traditional Polish food or French-oriental fusion cuisine, you will find what you’re looking for in Warsaw. Verity Hogan visits the city’s top tables
AleGloria revels in all things Polish, as evidenced by the traditional menu and the décor, which includes embroideries by Polish highlanders. The Magda Gessler-designed interior was inspired by the works of Jacek Malczewski and features a bold colour scheme, accented with a playful strawberry motif. The menu expertly combines sweet and savoury: chicken is paired with a baked apple preserve and mashed potato with truffle oil, while boar medallions come with cranberry and apple jelly.
AleGloria, Plac Trzech Krzyży 3, 00-535 Warsaw, +48 (0)22 584 7080, alegloria.pl
Delicja Polska excels in creating dishes that are elegant and comforting in equal measure. The restaurant is known for its full-flavoured, colourful Polish fare; highlights might include sour cream soup with sausage, roast duck or a caramel and almond layer cake. Start with the dumplings served with veal, spinach, venison or cottage cheese.
Delicja Polska, Ulica Krakowskie Przedmieście 45, 00-071 Warsaw, +48 (0)22 826 4770, delicjapolska.pl
Boathouse’s riverside setting is reflected and amplified in its maritime-inspired décor: here, vintage wooden rowing boats hang upside down from the vaulted ceilings. The broadly Mediterranean menu includes a strong selection of pasta dishes, from spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives, to fettuccine tossed in a light tomato and white wine sauce with crisp black tiger prawns.
Boathouse, Ulica Wał Miedzeszyński 389A, 03-975 Warsaw, +48 (0)22 616 3223, boathouse.pl
Restaurant 99’s sleek, minimalist interior and modern menu ensure that it remains at the forefront of new trends in fine dining. The French fusion cuisine is influenced by an imaginative, oriental approach; for example, the tuna steak is served with wasabi and bok choy, while the excellent sushi selection adds colour to the brunch buffet. The classic cold cuts and cheese breakfast platter serve as an excellent introduction to local fare.
Restaurant 99, Aleja Jana Pawła II 23, 00-854 Warsaw, +48 (0)22 620 1999, restaurant99.com
Elegance abounds at Belvedere, which is housed in a glass pavilion within the new orangery of the Warsaw Royal Bath Gardens. Here, two menus compete for diners’ attention. The Polish selection features pierogi dumplings stuffed with sauerkraut and mushroom, alongside wild mushroom soup with homemade noodles and lashings of cream. In contrast, the chef’s signature menu takes a more experimental approach: the courgette pancakes with saffron sauce are the epitome of good taste.
Belvedere, Ulica Agrykoli 1, 00-460 Warsaw, +48 (0)22 558 6700, belvedere.com.pl