Tags: Food Adventures Poland York
This weekend, as an early celebration for my birthday, I went to The Barbakan in York for a meal with my family. While it describes itself as an Eastern European restaurant, the menu was mainly comprised of Polish food and drink.
To start I had 'krokiet i barszcz' – a rolled pancake stuffed with mushrooms, accompanied by a beetroot soup. It was delicious! I love mushrooms and I love pancakes, so the combination of the two was perfect for me.
The prize for the best presented starter went to the 'deska wędlin', which Ian ordered. It was basically a selection of hams, sausages, bread and salad, along with pickled mushrooms. Due to the aforementioned love of mushrooms, I made sure I had a little nibble; they were surprisingly good, the earthy tone you would expect but with a nice tangy twist.
For my main I tried the 'szwajcar', a pork loin filled with ham and cheese, breaded and fried.
The pork was so juicy and tender, with cheese literally oozing out of it. The chips were fried to perfection; fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Even the salad was amazing, alongside the traditional lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber there was sweet peppers, olives and even a few slices of raw parsnip. I would never have thought to add parsnip to a salad, or even to try raw parsnip, but somehow it really worked.
Again, Ian chose well for the best presented dish. His 'bigos', or traditional Polish stew, came in a bowl made out of bread.