Café Polonez 416.532.8432 open daily lunch and dinner http://www.cafepolonez.ca
This is the kind of warm, casual spot where small groups of families or friends can wile away a relaxing afternoon over great conversation and heaping plates of well-executed comfort staples. As I walk up to the restaurant entrance I walk into a little commotion; its Saturday afternoon on Easter weekend in the heart of Roncesvalles, and Cafe Polonez serves up some of the tastiest Polish cuisine in Toronto. Inside the staff is handling the holiday pressure quite well – thank goodness they take reservations. The kitsch gold and brown décor complements the nostalgic aromas of food streaming from the kitchen. I’ve known about this place for quite some time (my mom swears by it) and I’m so happy I finally made time to try this Eastern European hit.
Beef tripe soup “flaczki” made in house from traditional family recipes and fresh daily ingredients ($5.75) is spicy, crunchy and soul warming. Next the potato pancake Hungarian style “placek po wegiersku” stuffed with goulash and served with side salads consisting of shredded red beets, crunchy vinegary coleslaw, and fried sour hot cabbage ($14.95) is a little overwhelming, however, still tasty. Pan-fried fish filet “ryba smazone w panierce” lightly breaded sole served with potatoes and salads ($13.95) is thinly sliced and very earthy.
Chicken schnitzel “ sznycel z kury” browned and juicy is served with potatoes and mixed salads ($15.75) and my favorite off the menu. A last min order of mashed potatoes and gravy really brings me back home, reminding me of my mom and grandma during the holiday season.
Polish crepes “Nalesniki” arrive for dessert and are dynamite; stuffed with sweet grainy cheese ,garnished with sliced oranges think Creamcicile.