Baltic is conveniently located just outside Southwark tube station – just a stones throw away from the Old Vic Theatre, nearby the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern. It is the perfect place to combine a little bit of culture with the tastes of Eastern European cuisine. Having recently read an article on Polish London in Time Out Magazine which mentioned Baltic and with a recommendation by my husband I was intrigued and curious to sample some traditional Eastern European dishes.
Arriving early, I had the opportunity to take a few pictures of the still empty restaurant before Natalie from whatudidntknow.co.uk joined me for lunch. The entrance to the restaurant is a little bit set back from the street but once entering guests are greeted by a long bar with an impressive collection of spirits – the bar holds a staggering 70 varieties of vodka.
After passing the bar, the restaurant opens up into a beautiful large open space with daylight coming in from the skylights above. The restaurant is actually set in a converted eigteenth century carriage works with gorgeous old wooden beams still intact, it offers a unique setting.
One of Baltic’s specialities are certainly their home infused vodkas. Flavoured with fresh fruit and spices we could not resist to order a shot each before lunch. My rhubarb & apple flavoured vodka was absolutely delicious and Natalie’s Cherry flavoured vodka shot smelled fantastic as well 😉
Baltic offers lunch menus as well as pre-theatre menus. However, we decided to order a la carte and with the recommendation of our waiter I opted for the Pierogi – Potato, Cheese and Spring Onion. A very traditional Polish dish that I tried for the very first time which worked rather well with the light dip on the side. The raw onion distracted me a little bit from the taste of the pierogi but that is just personal taste.
For mains I again went with the recommendation of our waiter and ordered the Choucroute of Golonka, Pork Belly and ‘Biala’ Sausage with Braised Sauerkraut. It was a nice combination and a lovely hearty dish for autumn. I can imagine this being served in many Eastern European homes!
Natalie went for the Kapusniaczek – Braised Sauerkraut with Wild Mushrooms in a Puff Pastry which was delicious as well.
For mains Natalie opted for The Krolik w Smietanie Braised Rabbit in Creamy Sauce served with Kohlrabi & Carrots.
For dessert I went for a pear & chocolate combination which was surrounded by a few bright pomegranate seeds.
Natalie opted for a hot dessert with a little bit more spirit in it 🙂
Before we left we had two more of their beautifully infused vodkas – something I highly recommend to try at Baltic! I am not a big drinker but those are seriously delicious!
Baltic Restaurant, 74 Blackfriars Road SE1 8HA London, Phone: 020 7928 111