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Say goodbye to Gessler at Daquise! [London]

brokentelephone May 2, 2013 08:34 AM

Daquise's lease is not being renewed and it will be closing May 11th.

Best polish in London by a Krakow 'mila'.... what a bummer.

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    klyeoh May 2, 2013 08:21 PM

    One of those "meaning-to-go-but-never-got-round-to-do-it" places. Now it's already closing! :-(

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    1. re: klyeoh
      brokentelephone May 3, 2013 01:09 AM

      I know -- I actually live very nearby and only tried for the first time a few months ago.

      I always forgot about it when deciding on where to eat (and if i did remember my companions very rarely were overly excited about Polish food).

      Anyone know of any other good Polish places? There is a cute looking spot near shepards bush, something about a mother in the name perhaps?

      1. re: brokentelephone
        klyeoh May 3, 2013 01:13 AM

        Well, UK Hound Limster introduced me to Baltic a while back, and we both thought it was *really* good:


        1. re: klyeoh
          brokentelephone May 3, 2013 02:38 AM

          I went to baltic for drinks and sampled a few pierogis, and some stuff my Russian friend ordered. I thought pierogis at Daquise were better (I tend to prefer thinner skin and lighter texture) but it's all in the past now anyhow.

          I really want to try a full meal at baltic. The food coming out the kitchen looked fabulicious (kimora style).

          1. re: brokentelephone
            Harters May 3, 2013 07:47 AM

            I was generally unthrilled at Baltic, February last year. Was OK but no more, IMO.


        2. re: brokentelephone
          zuriga1 May 3, 2013 11:54 AM

          I once ate at L'Autre which is actually a Polish restaurant. American friends of mine loved that place for years, but I only thought it was so-so.

          Here's a list from the Web..


          Patio sounds like a popular spot.

        3. re: klyeoh
          Paprikaboy May 3, 2013 02:06 AM

          Same here, I've been meaning to try their roast goose and red cabbage for years now.
          I guess Joni Mitchell was right.

          1. re: Paprikaboy
            brokentelephone May 3, 2013 02:46 AM

            Who knows? Perhaps it'll be replaced by something better (like McDonald's, that would be amazing).

            1. re: brokentelephone
              Paprikaboy May 3, 2013 04:33 AM

              Another McDonalds would be great.
              We really don't have enough in London and could do with some more.
              There used to be great Polish caff near Paddington station.
              This is now the reception area of an Easy Hotel.

              1. re: Paprikaboy
                brokentelephone May 3, 2013 05:24 AM

                Oh i wasn't joking about McDonald's. The only fast food near me is burger king and I hate it. If it weren't so unhealthy mcd's would be up amongst my favorite restaurants.

              2. re: brokentelephone
                zuriga1 May 3, 2013 11:51 AM

                What London needs is a Wendy's - much nicer than either Burger King or McDonald's.

                1. re: zuriga1
                  brokentelephone May 3, 2013 02:19 PM

                  Agreed. Spicy Chicken Burgers are incredible, though the fries are wack now (they changed the recipe a few years ago).

                  The Jr Hamburger Deluxe is good as well, though can't compare with a McDonald's burger.

                  1. re: zuriga1
                    Harters May 3, 2013 02:30 PM

                    Back in the day (1980s), London had a handful of Wendy's.

                    They withdrew from the UK in 2000 - presumably after not makign and serious inroads into the market.

                    1. re: zuriga1
                      Paprikaboy May 3, 2013 02:33 PM

                      There used to be a Wendy's in London in the 80's and I'm not adverse to good chain burger. Five guys is coming to London and posted this in chains but the general conensus was that 5 g wan't all that.

                      1. re: Paprikaboy
                        brokentelephone May 4, 2013 12:09 AM

                        I think it really depends on location, as seems to be the consensus on that thread you started.

                        My wife is from Rhode Island, and near her house is a relatively vintage 5 Guys (probably 7 years old, if that) and it is incredible (for a fast food burger). On the other hand, the one I had in Vancouver, Canada was pretty dire....

                        To my knowledge they've expanded from around 3-5 locations to over 1000 restaurants in a mind-bogglingly short period of time (around 6 years -- just incredible).

                        5 Guys UK is a JV between the guy that owns/owned Carphone Warehouse and 5 Guys corporate. He's agreed to something like 200-300 locations in the UK.

                        1. re: Paprikaboy
                          zuriga1 May 4, 2013 01:59 AM

                          The Shake Shack is opening soon in London. Will London become the hamburger capital of the world?

                          My favorite burger remains one that was served in Phila. back in the Stone Age of my youth ... The Harvey House. I've never had another cheeseburger that could compare, but it's fun trying them all out. :-)

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                  r.vacapinta May 7, 2013 07:43 AM

                  A shame. It was a wonderful place with great food. I always meant to go back and have their steak tartare after limster's recommendation.

                  Now, I suppose I'll have to go to their place in Warsaw.

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