Warsaw, Poland Restaurant Review: Veg Deli

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Eastern Europe and while I’m in the region I usually expect that I won’t be eating very well.  I had never been to Warsaw or Poland before, so I wasn’t quite sure if that would be the same. However, when I started looking into vegan food options in Warsaw, I was excited to see that there was a decent number of vegan restaurants in the city.

Clapboard

Clapboard

Veg Deli was the first vegan restaurant I visited.  It’s just outside the old town, on a quiet street near a lovely park.  There’s a sign on the corner pointing the way.  The first thing I noticed about the restaurant was their attention to detail and their gorgeous presentation.  From the outside, with their chalkboard menu on the side of their building, to the inside, the place is beautifully decorated. Black and white is definitely the theme, but it felt extremely warm and welcoming. 

Veg Deli menu board outside

Specials

 

So welcoming

So welcoming.

The waitresses speak English well and they have menus in English.  Everything on the menu is vegan and gluten free, which was so liberating! It’s rare that I’m in a place where I can eat everything. The food offerings are mostly vegan variations of Polish dishes, with some western and Mediterranean dishes thrown in for good measure.

Veg Deli's busy kitchen

Veg Deli’s busy kitchen

To drink I ordered a hot chocolate with chili. It was amazingly good! I’ve had chocolate laced with chilies before, but not hot chocolate. It was extremely warming, which was deeply appreciated given the cold outside.  I’m definitely going to recreate that at home.

Hot chocolate with chili

Hot chocolate with chili

To eat, I ordered dumplings stuffed with mushroom and cabbage, and served over a bed of root vegetables.  It was so good! The fried dumplings where crispy, the filling was meaty and earthy (I love mushrooms and I love cabbage, and together it was great). The root vegetables were roasted to perfection.  The serving size was just right – filling but not enough to feel heavy.

Dumplings! So good!

Dumplings! So good!

I still had a bit of room for dessert, so I tried the Crème Brûlée.  They seemed to be pretty proud of it; it’s the signature dessert on their menu. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed. The sugar was not burnt enough; it had barely started to caramelize.  And the cashew cream filling was hard and cold instead of custardy and at room temperature.  When it’s refrigerated, cashew cream tends to firm up quite a bit and I guess that’s what happened here. The filling did still taste good though. It was supposed to be masala-spiced, but I didn’t taste that. I did taste the Madagascar vanilla, though lemon was the dominant flavor.

Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée

I decided to get some more food to take back to my not so vegan friendly hotel for dinner for later.  There was an appetizer that from the description sounded like eggplant pasta with potato wedges and pomegranate.  It turned out to be a roasted eggplant paste. It was absolutely delicious and reminded me of my time in Georgia.  The pomegranate just set it off.

Eggplant Puree with Pomegranate and Potato Wedges

Eggplant purée with pomegranate and potato wedges

For the main course I decided on a salad with marinated beets, carrots and forest mushrooms served on “acorn leaves” with a rosemary vinaigrette. I was intrigued to see exactly what that was. The acorn leaves turned out to be red sails lettuce leaves! The mushrooms were so good, and the beets delicious. But, the salad was really doused in oil, which I didn’t like.  I’d skip it next time.

Marinated carrot, beet & mushroom salad

Marinated carrot, beet & mushroom salad

A few days later I had a couple of hours in the afternoon to myself after my meetings had come to an end.  I explored the old town, stunning, and then because it was not too far away, decided to stop in at Veg Deli and have an afternoon treat.

Hot chocolate!

Hot chocolate!

I ordered some hot cocoa and their “dessert of the day” which turned out to be a “bajaderki” an amaretto & fruit-infused cake covered with chocolate frosting and topped with pistacchios.  It was so out-of-this-world good and just what I needed to warm up after a long walk in the cold and drizzle outside.  I decided to get another to take with me for later!

Veg deli afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

Bajaderki

Bajaderki

Overall, I loved it! If you’re in Warsaw, it is definitely worth making the effort to go.

Veg Deli's second floor

Veg Deli’s second floor

 

 

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