Polish food is a fairly popular cuisine in the UK. The meals are hearty and items like homemade breads and sausages are common and ingredients like sour cream, mushrooms, gherkins, beetroot and sauerkraut are frequently part of the recipe.
Here are some of the best Polish restaurants in London:
Mamuśka – 16 Elephant and Castle
Mamuśka is the Polish term for mother-in-law. Mamuśka features dishes prepared with a definite home cooked feel. The meals are hearty with veggie pierogis, breaded pork loin and stuffed cabbage being among some of the restaurant’s more popular dishes. The bar is well stocked with premium flavoured vodkas as well.
Nearest Tube Station: Elephant & Castle
Patio London – 5 Goldhawk Rd, Shepherd’s Bush
Everything about Patio London reminds the diner of home. The décor is simple and homely with candlelit tables and the floors covered with vintage rugs. The dishes are made with fresh ingredients and follow traditional recipes. Their stews and meat dumplings are among the favourites. It is recommended that diners save room in order to sample one of the restaurant’s traditional desserts.
Nearest Tube Station: Goldhawk Road
Autograf Restaurant – 488 W Green Rd, Duckett’s Green
Autograf was founded in 2008 and quickly became a favourite. The setting is modern and simple. The portions are very large. Each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients available and is based on traditional recipes. Autograf specialises in pierogis, but the stews, dumplings and pancakes are also highly rated. The bar stocks a nice selection of premium vodkas and Polish beers and wines.
Nearest Tube Station: Turnpike Lane
Daquise – South Kensington
The Daquise restaurant was founded in 1947. Over the years the restaurant has played host to naval attaches, Soviet spies and film directors. Edward Raczynksi, the exiled Polish president, often made plans for overthrowing the country’s Communist regime while dining at Daquise. All meals are made using only the freshest seasonal ingredients and are made to meet very high standards. The atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant, yet very welcoming.
Nearest Tube Station: South Kensington
Ognisko – 55 Exhibition Rd, Knightsbridge, London
Ognisko is an elegant spot for upscale Polish and Baltic cuisine. The white dining room is opulent and the hotel-style bar features spice and fruit infused vodkas, craft Polish beers and classic cocktails. Due to its location near Royal Albert Hall, Ognisko is a favourite for pre-theatre dining.
Nearest Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner
Bar Polski – 11 Little Turnstile, Holborn, London
Bar Polski is a compact bar nestled in an alleyway. However, don’t let the size fool you. The bar is well stocked with over 50 types of vodkas and one of the best selections of Polish beers in London. The food is first rate with simple but hearty dishes such as beetroot soup, stews, pierogis and pancakes prepared to perfection.
Nearest Tube Station: Holborn
If the TransferGo Blog’s list of Polish restaurants has whetted your appetite for Polish food and you live outside of London, check out our guide to some of the best Polish restaurants in the UK. You can also find guides to other regional and national cuisines on the blog as well.