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Mickiewicz, Bisons and Białowieża: by Mary Lussiana

‘ The wild hop wreathed upon the currant bush; The service tree with shepherdess’s blush; The hazel like a maenad clad with shapes Of thyruses and nut brown pearls like grapes. The forest children shorter than the rest, The hawthorn with the elder on his breast And blackberry to the tips of raspberry pressed…. The…

Robin Ashenden | May 2, 2014

Review of Autograf Polish Restaurant, Turnpike Lane N.15: by Robin Ashenden

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Autograf was the first of the crop of Polish restaurants to open in North London, and is a cosy enough little place. With its timbering,  open brick and  colour palette of orange and chocolate brown (even the radiators are painted in this colour) it is uncompromisingly unfashionable, and probably the better for it. There is…

Robin Ashenden | April 30, 2014
Baltic Restaurant, Southwark

Review: Baltic Restaurant, Southwark, by Robin Ashenden

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Nobody doubts that Chef Jan Woroniecki knows how to run a good restaurant. His Wodka, opened in the days when Polish restaurants in London were relatively rare, gained a reputation as a place where the food and atmosphere were as enjoyable as its Kensington backwater surroundings. Wodka is now closed and Woroniecki has moved on…

Robin Ashenden | April 30, 2014

Review of Ginger Polish Restaurant, Cricklewood: by Robin Ashenden

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This is something of a find – a cozy little Polish restaurant on Cricklewood Lane opened a year ago by its Krakowian owners. Sandy brick walls and new pine tables, Polish cable on a screen, and tea candles twinkling on the tables. Arty young Polish types sit at a table in the corner (they look…

Robin Ashenden | April 30, 2014