Tucked away just off Deansgate is the homely and friendly Polish restaurant, Platzki, the name coming from the word for Polish potato cakes known as Placki.
On entering Platzki we are met by Bartek, who shows us to our table. Bartek tells us that the menu changes twice a week, Wednesday to Friday the food is more traditional and at the weekend a fine dining menu is available which highlights some of the Country’s great dishes but with a modern twist.
The drinks selection also offers a great choice of wines from Romania, Moldova, Spain as well as Lech (lager), Perka (a honey lager) and as you might expect from a Polish restaurant a good selection of vodka and vodka cocktails. We opt for two glasses of the Romanian Pinot Noir, being a young wine, the flavour has delicate notes of soft red fruits such as strawberry, raspberry and with hints of spice.
Next, we move on to the food and what a selection is laid before us. A choice of small plates and larger dishes are available. We choose four small plates and one large plate. The small plates we opt for are Oscypek which is grilled Oscypek cheese served with a plum and rum marmalade, £6.00;
Sledz which is herring marinated in apples, onions and crème fraiche £6.00;
Kielbasa, grilled smoked Polish sausage on skewers served with honey mustard, £6.00;
Smalec, Lard with Pork Crackling and Apples served with Bread and Pickles (vodka shots are a must with this one), £5.00
Pierogi, delicate parcels filled with potato, cottage cheese and spring onions £10.00 (large plate).
The food was some of the best I have tasted. The herring was soft and well flavoured with zero bones and the apple crème fraiche balanced perfectly with the marinade. The Polish sausage lived up to its reputation and didn’t fail to disappoint. Be brave and try the Smalc, it was rich, creamy and addition of two shots of Bison vodka really added to the dish. The Oscypek is a great dish to finish with as it is slightly salty but the sweetness of the plum and rum marmalade lifted the dish perfectly. For me the star of the show had to be the Pierogi. These were light and crispy, and the filling was smooth and tasty.
The cost of this dining experience was also very palatable, coming in at £47.00 for two of us including drinks, it was well worth every Zloty.
Overall impressions of Platzki, well I was very impressed. The staff were warm and friendly, the atmosphere was homely, and the food was top notch. The restaurant fills up quickly and I would recommend calling ahead to book a table to avoid disappointment. If you haven’t tried Polish food before or even if you have, I would strongly recommend clicking your heels down to Platzki. Also look out for some great offers such as their 7-course tasting menu for £36.00 per person or a 5-course tasting menu for £30.00 per person.
Unit F Deansgate Mews, 255 Deansgate, The Great Northern Building, Manchester