Krakow's first vegetarian restaurant...is Asian...
Posted on 09 / 18 / 2013
I know all of Krakow's veggie places and have been a frequent visitor to most of them for about two years now - "Pod norenami" is my first recommendation to anyone, even though it's not all-vegan and not polish at all.
I have been eating there ever since they opened and quite a few things have changed since then, usually for the better, which is a reason on its own to come back.
This is Krakow's only veggie restaurant worth mentioning - which means that you can walk in, take a seat, order food, enjoy it, pay, and walk out satisfied - in this order and without ever having to leave your table and charming company. If you wonder what's so special about that, give any of the other places listed a try.
But now for the naggy part:
- The menu tries hard to cram everything in that allows for soy sauce, tofu, or coconut milk. It's a hotchpotch of Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and Korean dishes (recently they even offered samosas) - with Polish pies for dessert. It's not the common watering-down of foreign foods to adapt to the (only moderately tolerant) polish palate found in most sino-vietnamese restaurants in the city, actually it's fairly close to the "real" things, but it sure could use some focus and thereby gain in availablity, affordability, and freshness - mesmerize some instead of trying to somehow please all.
- The sushi, although an essential part architecturally and menu-wise, is edible, but mediocre (especially when judged in the light of the owner's somewhat pretentious self-marketing as an Asia expert). There is much better (yes, vegan) sushi available in town.
- Requests for modification of the dishes are hardly ever accepted.
- The waitresses seem to care more about being polite and friendly (which they always are) than well-informed about the stuff they offer.
- Only about half of the menu is vegan (which is still quite a lot due to the wide choice).
- The "separées" are gone, which took up a lot of space, but allowed for a much more intimate dinning experience.
...but despite all that you, your company, and palate will have a good time going there.
Updated from previous review on Monday September 09, 2013
Tasty food, moderately priced, actually a restaurant
Only vegan-friendly (i.e. not vegan), some dishes permanently not available