- Telephone 07510 861842
- Opening times Mon–Wed 3–9pm; Thu–Sat midday–10pm; Sun midday–8pm.
- Food served Mon & Wed–Sat 1.30pm–9.30pm; Sun 1.30pm–9pm. Closed Tue.
- Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.yellowbench.co.uk
Lively neighbourhood restaurant with an arty vibe, serving an interesting selection of Polish and European fusion food.
Under new management and resettled into larger premises next door, this little Polish diner is something of an undiscovered gem. The interior has lost some of the charm of the original site, but the food has lost none of its impact and the surroundings just don’t seem very important once the food arrives. It’s all that you hope Polish food will be: big, meaty dishes, like fiery hunter’s stew and deep, satisfying beef broth infused with smoked pork belly. There’s a generosity to the place that comes through in the flavours, the sizeable portions and the warm service. Don’t be misled by the simple menu descriptions either; the humbly described potato pancakes are packed with herbs and are crisp like rösti while the accompanying salad includes beetroot relish, carved radishes and tangy, palette-cleansing sauerkraut. Polish classic pierogi come in three or twelve to share; unexpectedly light and melt in the mouth, go for twelve.
- High point: Great flavour, great value
- Low point: Easy on taste, harder on the waist!
- Notable dish: Beef broth with smoked pork belly, carrot and onion
- Music on stereo: Polish contemporary music
- Open since: 2012