London - Polish cuisine at Baltic, Southwark
Baltic is a largish, beautiful restaurant (albeit a bit noisy) churning out some great Polish food. It's conveniently situated across the road from Southwark tube station, along Blackfriars Rd, and spitting distance from the absurdly popular Anchor & Hope down the CUT.
Last Wed evening, we ordered:
- Pierogi: fried potato & cheese dumplings, served with Smietana sour cream dip;
- Pelmeni: small boiled dumplings filled with a mixture of veal & pork, topped with chives & crisp-fried shallots;
- A very well-executed rabbit casserole served with spaetzle noodles. This has got to be the moistest, tastiest rabbit I'd had in a long while!
- A platter of Kaszanka (blood pudding), Polish sausages & cured ham on a bed of sauerkraut.
Really enjoyed the meal. Pity that they seemed to have removed all the Polish items (Nalesniki, Szarlotka) from the dessert menu.
74 Blackfriars Rd, Southwark, England SE1 8HA, United Kingdom
I'm actually a very big fan of Baltic - I think it's an interesting alternative to gastropub offerings. There's almost always some sort of deal on - you can book through tobtable or timeout, or they're on the taste card, giving you 50% of the a la carte, which is otherwise somewhat pricey, but the set menu is good value regardless.
I went for Sunday lunch a couple of weeks ago and had the same rabbit dish, with which i was equally impressed, and some nice latkes with cured salmon to start. They certainly had the cheese-filled pancakes (not sure of the name) on the menu then.