Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Review: Baltic Restaurant, London


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London is littered with independent, international restaurants so why would I go to a chain place when I can check out one of these instead?  A couple of months ago we did just that.   Myself and MCH went to Baltic in Southwark, sister venue to Ognisko, it serves primarily Polish food with a few dishes from other Eastern European countries on the menu as well.  


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Literally just a minutes walk from Southwark tube station, the tardis-style building although quite small on the outside, the former 18th century coach builder's works opens up into a long, airy, open spaced restaurant with some of the original character retained within its modern fit-out.  Its contemporary feel doesn't boast any fluffy Polish object d'art like say The Karczma does in Birmingham, so by its neutrality alone you wouldn't think that it had, as it names suggests, any Baltic links, but when you scratch the surface, it certainly does.


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And the food endorses this and basically we couldn't wait to tuck in.  Our appetisers arrived and in true Slavic style, we enjoyed a selection breads including rye, along with the obligatory pickled gherkin and a portion of cwikla (beetroot & horseradish spread).  This is something I often put together at home for a snack, we love this combo and so were very happy to be served this.


Kasza & Spring Onion
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MCH never refuses a steak so he had Bavette Steak with Horseradish, Chilli and Pickle Dressing served with Salad and Chips, totally devoured it, enjoyed it - had nothing but praise for it.


Kopytka
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For my main, I had Fried Kopytka Dumplings with Chestnut, Spinach and Mushrooms with a side order of Kasza with Spring Onions.  Kopytka translated means 'little hooves' because of their resemblance to them and in essence they are similar to Italian gnoochi.  The spring onion gave the kasza (cooked buckwheat groats) a boosted flavour, cutting through the nut-like taste of the buckwheat, together it worked very well and coupled with the kopytka dish, it gave it added texture and variety.



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Driving later on in the day meant we didn't go for any vodkas or liqueurs (mores the pity) but for those with the opportunity and the appetite there were plenty on offer to try.



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MCH and I were very endeared with our luncheon experience at Baltic and it gave me a chance to practice my Polish skills with someone other than my Mother.  


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A wholehearted recommendation and a definite visit to Ognisko is planned next time we're in the smoke.

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