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Poland may not be renowned for its haute cuisine, but delving into its eclectic restaurant scene offers up a few very pleasant surprises. Here, according to Forbes Travel Guide’s editors, are the best places to eat in Warsaw:
1. Platter by Karol Okrasa. For traditional local cooking designed for a gastronome’s palate, you can’t beat Platter. Owned and run by multi-award-winning Polish chef Karol Okrasa, the seasonal menu is simply sublime.
2. Restaurant 99. Serving up the best steaks in town — along with salads, pastas, fresh fish and a variety of popular Polish delicacies — this much-loved restaurant always requires a reservation.
3. The Restaurant at Hotel Sofitel. With it range of luxury French-inspired cuisine, traditional Polish dishes and various innovative fusion options, Hotel Sofitel’s elegant restaurant is a truly international dining experience.
4. Concept. Located within the city’s famous Messal Bathhouse, Concept serves up exquisite traditional food – from smoked guinea hen to stewed veal shank – and has perhaps the most extensive fine wine menu in Poland, with more than 400 labels on offer.
5. U Fukiera. Without doubt the most famous restaurant in Poland, U Fukiera sits on the capital’s main square and regularly plays host to passing monarchs, politicians and celebrities. With its ornate interior, traditional menu and wonderful service, dinner here is worth the splurge.