Restauracja U Jarka
- Telephone 07756 970306
- Opening times Mon & Wed 7–9pm; Thu & Fri 6–9pm; Sat & Sun noon–9pm; closed Tue. Closed Tue
- Bar open Sun/Mon & Wed/Thu 6–11pm; Fri/Sat 12.30pm–midnight
- Food served Mon & Wed 7–9pm; Thu/Fri 6–10pm; Sat/Sun noon–10pm. Closed Tue.
- Average price £13 (evening meal)
Terrific Polish cuisine, guided by the seasons, prepared with love and served with warmth and good humour.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This small, friendly, family restaurant situated in the basement of the Sikorski Polish Club is a true West End delight. Its informal, quaint dining room is the place where Polish ex-pats and hungry locals gather for honest, authentic Central European cooking. The big hitters of Polish cuisine are all present and correct – borscht, pierogi dumplings and goulash are carefully prepared and carry big flavours with a lightness of touch, while potato pancakes with sour cream and dill are light and crisp. Occasional specials reflect seasonal treats such as venison, rabbit or hake with wild mushrooms. The folks here are passionate about food – a simple query about mushrooms in the bigos (sauerkraut stew) can easily turn into a four-way conversation as diners at neighbouring tables weigh in on the debate. Generous portions are the norm, but it’s worth saving space for one of the house desserts, such as sky-high gateaux, apple pie and traditional baked cheesecake. Homemade cordial is a refreshing fruity alternative to the superb range of specialist vodkas, beers and liqueurs.
- High point: Who knew cabbage could taste so good?
- Low point: Limited opening hours
- Notable dish: Borscht with cabbage and mushroom croquette
- Private dining: Up to 60 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: pop
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £9 per bottle