I think we have all lost count of how many Italian, Greek and French restaurants we’ve feasted at; it’s a case of #sorrynotsorry because we know a good thing when we taste it. But we’re here to tell you that your belly (yes, we mean yours) has until now, been seriously missing out. There is one country that continues to fly under the foodie radar, and one which sits proudly in the heart of Europe: Poland. Yes, Poland.
To those in the know, Polish cuisine is a damn good time. Perfect pierogi, vodka high teas (oh yes, they’re a thing) and morning beers are just the start. So Sydney, it’s time to whack on those stretchy pants, here are the best places to eat polish food in our fair city.
When it comes to food (and life) in Poland it’s go hard or go home, and only the strongest survive. This could be in case you hit the floor from all the vodka, or because Polish people only want the best. And when it comes to the best place to start your Polish initiation in Sydney you’ll find you and your crew at Food Society. The Eastern European fusion menu at this Darlinghurst restaurant is guaranteed to get you drooling; and that’s before you’ve even read about the vodka high tea. Take it from us, when you’re sipping on the finest distilled imported vodka from the motherland you’ll wonder how on earth you’re ever going to make the switch back to tea.
Get the ultimate in authentic Polish feasting at Na Zdrowie on Glebe Point Road. The hero here is hands down their classic pierogi complete with all the fillings of your foodie dreams. These dumplings are so Polish we can’t believe someone hasn’t embroided them on their national flag (there’s still time), because these bad boys are so versatile you can feast on them from mains right through to dessert. Be sure to pair it with the Szarlotka cocktail, the dessert inspired drink is guaranteed to inspired a second round, and likely a spontaneous trip to Poland.
If you want tradition, Wierczorkowski is your go to Polish stop. This family owned establishment will treat you like one of the family, and provide you with everything you need from food to home wares; there’s even a delicatessen (so you can polish-ify your pantry). But be sure to pop-in on ‘tlusty czwartek’ or ‘Fat Thursday’ (sounds right up our alley) to get your laughing gear around the 100% irresistible Ponczki or Polish donuts.
Alchemy Café Restaurant
There is no excuse here. Breakfast, dinner, healthy, indulgent, hungry, or ‘I guess I could eat’—it’s all on offer here at Alchemy Café Restaurant. Open all day long you’ll feel right at home in this cosy nook of Surry Hills. So much so, that a sneaky morning beer is appropriate (don’t worry we won’t tell anyone) and make sure you order the Zywiec, so you can be authentic AF.
Polish Christmas Festival
And if that’s not enough to get you through the year, pencil in the first Sunday of December. The Polish Christmas Festival brings together all of your favourite foods, imported drinks (like that beer we mentioned), music, markets, and everything else that’s Polish. And before you ask, yes you can eat your weight in pierogi.
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