Miedzy Nami (Between Us) Polish Club, 9th December 2006
The December event is for the real food connoisseurs amongst us. Before you think, "oh-oh another expensive dinner", I should add that this event is NOT expensive and is REALLY for food lovers who have a sense of adventure and like trying unusual high-quality food. At the time of writing, I personally have not sampled the food but I like the sound of their menus so much that I will definitely be there before the December dinner to check things out and perhaps fine-tune the arrangements for December; eg. find some matching wines, etc.
If you are now curious, I would like to say that this place does what can only be described as "Polish nouveau cuisine" and it is so good that the Polish ambassador to Germany eats and entertains his friends here. It is not even a proper restaurant, so one cannot stroll in and have a dinner there every night. Special arrangements were required for us to organise our last dinner of the year here. It is open only on Friday and Saturdays and the cooks travel all the way from Warsaw, bringing real Polish ingredients, just to cook for these 2 nights each week.
As I mentioned, this place does not do standard Polish food but rather nouveau cuisine with a Polish character and they vary the menu a lot. For example, one dish they served in the past was veal with a tuna sauce. That just sounds so interesting! So, I have to ask, how can any food lover refuse to come to an event like this? Especially as the set 5-course menu is only 25 Euro per person, excluding drinks.
Well, again, there are limitations, and only 18 people can attend. 4 places are already gone so that means that only 14 more people will be joining this dinner, located in an original, idiosyncratic location in Joachimstrasse 11. Again, please note that, as this is a special arrangement, if you do make it to the dinner list and if you don't turn up, that we may still have to charge you the 25 Euro for the place.
So if you want to try something good, cool and unusual and probably not served anywhere else in Germany, then please get your emails to me as soon as possible!
See you all soon!
How it went on the night...
The dinner was interesting, starting with wild hare pate, followed by a red beet soup with lemon grass, ginger and prawns. The spinach and cheese course was a bit mucked up by the fried egg, as it was agreed that it would be a soft poached egg, but it was OK. The meat dish was a little too typical Polish for me, nothing nouveau about it but the dessert was a fine apple pie with homemade ice cream.
The best part of the dinner was the drinks, a great Polish vodka caipi followed by fine Polish beer and a couple types of great frozen vodkas (which must be drunk by first slipping the vodka UNDER the tongue). I got to say that my appreciation of Polish vodka has gone up greatly as a result. :o)