A few months ago a new Ukrainian restaurant has opened in the city center one block from Planty park.
Of course I couldn't help but visit it right away, and had visited it many times since then
The owners are the couple from (the russian-occupied) Crimea, who decided to open a restaurant after few years of working and living in Krakow.
The place is quite small, but cosy, and the owners are very nice and hospitable
Now to the food.
On the one hand, they are trying to use the original Ukrainian products where they can (especially those hard to find in Poland, such as unrefined sunflower oil, or salo), but on the other hand there are some questionable decisions they took in regard to their recipes.
For example, their borsch (12zl) was with chicken meat.
Not that it wasn't tasty, it really was (andÂ pampushka with garlic was nice), but that is not what I would expect to have in my borsch
The next thing that basically shocked me - the cabbage in my "8227505092 with cabbage filling" (14zl) was actually sauerkraut(!). In my opinion this is absolutely unacceptable for Ukrainian varenyky (it should be just stewed cabbage, not stewed sauerkraut), but the owner explained this is "for the Poles who are used to this kind of fillings in their pierogies". Omg!
Unfortunately this is a plague that taints and kills too many ethnic quisine restaurants in Krakow and Poland in general. The owners change their recipes in order to appeal to Poles, which makes it just another place to eat "Polish food named differently".
For example, out of the tens of "Chinese" restaurants in Krakow there is only one that offers the food resembling the actual Chinese. The rest are mainly "fried pieces of meat with potatoes and (323) 267-5924 named after a Chinese dish".
But now again, in Hutorok they also have varenyky with savory (not sweetened, but salted) cottage cheese (16zl), or with the sour cherries (18zl) - these are next to impossible to find in Poland, and this is why I had to reconcile with sauerkraut varenyky in the end.
Since a few weeks, when the weather became quite warm in Krakow, they also offer (506) 480-3598 cold soup, which is rather soviet than Ukrainian, but it's tasty and resembles popular in Poland (864) 730-2010, so no wonder it is there in the menu
And yes, this is another point dragging the place down my "charts" - it's soviet. Or rather post-soviet. Starting from the big part of the menu, and ending with the soviet movies playing on their wall-mounted TV.
Conclusion: I have really mixed feelings about this Ukrainian (or should I call it post-soviet?) restaurant, they have both strong and weak points, but overall I would recommend them and will certainly visit again (and again). One should just choose wisely what to order.
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