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Warsaw's U Kucharzy takes over Daquise in Kensington

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Warsaw's U Kucharzy takes over Daquise in Kensington

r.vacapinta | Mar 1, 2010 04:15 AM

We just discovered this randomly. We were with friends in Kensington looking for someplace to eat. Daquise was suggested - a Polish restaurant thats been around for many years.

Walking in, we noticed something seemed different. The tables were laid out more elegantly, the place seemed to have been refurbished. The old Daquise was beginning to look a bit run-down.

In any case, the restaurant is now called "U Kucharzy at Daquise" So, it apperas to have been taken over but remains a Polish restaurant.

I wasn't familiar with U Kucharzy, but looked it up later. It appears to be a popular place in Warsaw. Here's a NYTimes overview from 2008:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/...

What surprised us most is how the food is brought to the table. The empty plates for each course are first laid out onto the table. Then the chefs come up from the kitchen with pans that were clearly on the stove only a few minutes ago. They lean over you and scoop the food from the pan directly onto your plate.

For my main course for example, one guy came up and served the veal medallions then scraped cream sauce out of the pan to drizzle over the medallions on my plate. There was more veal and sauce in the pan which was destined for another customer. A second chef soon appeared to serve my polish dumplings onto the same plate. Finally, a third chef to scoop out my ginger carrots.

The food is simple, rustic and tasty. My veal was tender, the sauce generous, the dumplings greasy and satisfying, the ginger carrots delicate. I haven't been served food in a Polish home but it was easy to imagine this is what it would be like.

I also had some potato pancakes which had that nice mix of crispiness and gooey-ness that I like.. Others had roast beef, stuffed cabbage, buckwheat with mushrooms. Most of us had either Sour soup or tomato soup as starters. Dessert was a delicious cheese crepe with berries.

Couple notes to add. None of us had the goose which was on the menu but we regretted it when, later they brought up several roasted geese and started cutting them up for diners around us who seemed to know better. Next time...

Also the place has a vibrant informality to it. An organized chaos with chefs coming and going, yelling across the room. The menu us small but this seemed like the kind of place where there were many more off-menu options since we saw many plates arrive that clearly were not on the menu. That is, if you dont like what they have, ask what else they have.

Total bill for 7 of us, three courses each, two shared bottles of wine, a shot of plum vodka each, coffee was about £170, so about £25 for each of us.

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