One of the best options for gourmet dining in Warsaw is easily La Rotisserie. The restaurant continues to be a standout candidate deserving of Michelin recognition. Its culinary history – a mix of European influences that meld with Polish tradition – offered a distinct gastronomic experience set at the edge of Warsaw’s old town district.
Gourmet Dining in Warsaw
La Rotisserie looked out onto a wide cobbled and brick road, a prime spot in the Polish capital’s beautiful, charming and colorful old town. Set in a window-lined room, the restaurant is part of the exclusive Mamaison Le Regina, a top five-star luxury hotel. La Rotisserie exuded the same refined ambiance of the hotel property: soft beiges, warm lights, and genteel decor. The dining area was intimate, set in arched rib-vaulted room of soft vanilla and khaki tones.
I sat down and talked with the affable chef Pawel Oszczyk, one of Poland’s notable culinary talents, about the creation and concept of La Rotisserie’s menu which included a range of choices, from hot and cold starters to dessert. He explained that only fresh and high quality ingredients made the cut to create “perfect culinary compositions.” Fine wines, alcohol, liqueurs, coffees and teas rounded out the offerings.
He reminisced about his days working in Italy, near Milan. Oszczyk’s training abroad influenced his culinary passions, leading to his own blend of contemporary French cuisine with strong Italian and Polish influences. Cuisine, he said, that always remains true to native Polish traditions and local products.
A Gourmet Dining Experience in Warsaw
Taking chef Oszcyzk’s suggestions, our waiter served a delectable round of appetizers including a tuna fish tataki with mango, passion fruit and fresh coriander. The marriage of flavors delighted and mingled on the palate. The warm artichoke risotto with scallops – perfect – in a lovely lovage (parsley) sauce.
One main dish from the seafood selections stood out and rightly so. The roasted fillet of codfish, served with pine nuts, cauliflower, raisins and caper sauce.
Polish cuisine features its share of duck recipes, so I anticipated the choice of seared coriander barbarian duck, parsnip with bourbon with blackberry ginger sauce. The presentation was as appetizing as the dish.
Dessert also proved to be a mix of tantalizingly creative flavors. The traditional Polish dessert called faworki, which translates to angel wings, was served with a twist. Stuffed with cottage cheese, it was accompanied with a caramel and Zubrowka (herb-flavored) vodka sauce and a small scoop of cranberry sherbet.
The sweet cheese-filled pastry along with the cool and slightly tangy sherbert complemented each other well to round out the meal… until a family of handmade chocolates arrived. Then, everything was completely perfect.
For the foodie seeking a culinary journey of tastes, a special tasting menu was also available featuring six courses of Polish and French cuisine, always with an emphasis on seasonal foods.
Chef Oszczyk’s menu was a culinary experience into the modern fusion of traditional European tastes – an experience meant to impress the senses. The combination of a beautiful dining ambience, excellent service and eclectic dishes clearly backed La Rotisserie’s acclaimed success in the capital’s competitive gourmet scene.
La Rotisserie is a fine dining indulgence for those looking for distinct quality among Warsaw’s distinguished restaurants. For gourmet dining in Warsaw, La Rotisserie is not to be missed.
I’ll be watching out for that Michelin star announcement…
Located at the Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw, a beautiful five-star luxury boutique hotel in old town.
Warsaw Old Town
+48 22 531 60 70
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lunch and Dinner: 30 Euro and up per person
Be sure to check out my earlier photo tour post about Old Town Warsaw.
*I was a guest of La Rotisserie. As always, all opinions are my own.
Have you tried any great restaurants in Warsaw or have a favorite gourmet dining in Warsaw experience?