“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”
Now we have to come to the last post about my 4 nights break in Gdańsk, Poland … it will be about my best evening, my best lunch and my best dining adventure.
Best lunch –Machina Eats&Beats, located on Chlebnicka 13/16, next door to my apartment building. The restaurant was totally empty when I arrived but started to get some more guests while I enjoyed my pasta. A very funky place really. At least for lunch, they had this fun concept that you compose your own pasta.
I got a form where I could choose what type of pasta, sauce, and ingredients I wanted. They also offer a daily pasta and a menu. I composed my own and with that, I ordered a homemade lemonade … love lemonade, but nothing we really drink in Sweden. I went for ginger and pear. They had quite a few to choose from on their menu .. and I could have it made by water, prosecco or gin. I went for water!!!!!
Excellent pasta … fantastic service and superb lemonade. I didn’t finish off with a cappuccino, because I had that Bezakowa cake on my mind … it was only 5 steps away. *smile
Best evening – of course with my friends since many years back. Magdalena and Raf … and their 4-year-old daughter, Nina. We met up at Raf’s job, he is now head chef since May this year, “Szafarnia10”. Raf was very busy with a VIP party up on the rooftop lounge and a second restaurant under his wings, so he was coming and going under the evening.
I haven’t seen him since Nina was born. He has always been working when I met up with Magdalena and Nina. It was wonderful to see him … to get his warm hug … and be able to spend some time with him. Such a lovely guy.
Enjoyed a great dinner: beef tartar and Asian fresh tuna. After dinner Raf took us up to the VIP lounge … and what a view. And what a place to have a private late dinner.
What a lovely evening … with my Polish friends. Back to my pillows, I had a mild nice 15 min walk back to my pillows over bridges and on back streets. Hopefully, I will be able to meet up with them next year again.
Best dining adventure – Zafishowani. Right on Rybackie Pobrzeż, the canal promenade and a part of Hotel Hanza. a lovely boutique hotel with probably the best location in town. Why I chose the restaurant for my last evening was because of reviews. I don’t really trust hotel restaurants because of previous experiences throughout the years, but things have changed.
The restaurant was very empty, but the whole Gdańsk was empty … out of season and the weather wasn’t the best. 5 tables were taken plus a male party of 8. None of the guests was staying at the hotel, so that is a great sign that the food is great.
I don’t know what it’s with Sopot and Gdańsk???? But they do the best Mojitos. And the one I had at Zafishowan held the standard too … and I really liked that I got a metal straw, the plastic is disappearing more and more and I hate the paper ones because they gradually dissolve.
Famous for their fish. My dinners started with a delicious tuna chef’s surprise. Beautiful presentation. I followed with Polish dumplings and halibut. Both dishes were superb. The halibut probably the best I ever had and I have enjoyed a couple through the years. Excellent and I enjoyed my meal a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc.
I finished with a cappuccino, but no desserts, because I had a big piece of that Bezakowa cake only a couple of hours before.
Fried dumplings stuffed with beef, served with mushroom sauce,
fried celeriac and horseradish paste
Halibut placed on wild garlic pesto with caramelized carrots and mashed potatoes
A superb finishing off a great 4 days autumn adventure in one of my favorite cities in the world. A city that always welcomes with big smiles, fantastic hospitality, fantastic food, and brilliant cakes … and the most stunning old buildings and loads of history. The best is that Gdańsk is only 40 min away.
Gdańsk, do zobaczenia wkrótce!!!