I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.

House punch, Pea soup, beef chop with mushrooms and beetroot side; Meringue dessert

Red – Mum’s Simple, Pants – Zara, Shoes – Salvatore Ferragamo (via ebay), Bracelets – Courtesy of Kelly Mellu, Bag – Lithuanian Market

Let’s skip the beating-around-the-bush thing I normally do in this blurb and get straight to the point, I love this place and would gladly get on a plane for a lunch here. The Gesseler brothers’ U Kucharzy (At the Cooks’) restaurant in Warsaw is perhaps my favourite in town, although yes, I don’t qualify to say things like ‘best in town‘ because the loser that I am don’t actually know all the things in town… But get this, at lunchtime during weekdays a traditional Polish three-course meal is £5, everyday a different menu. There’s an open kitchen, the atmosphere is wartime cafe-esque, and the waiter serves you at your own table from the food trolly. The house punch tastes like fruit from the tree growing in the back yard, and the staff are wonderful with a cherry on top. There’s an equally amazing London branch just around the corner from South Kensington, my little Poland corner when I miss Warsaw.

Gessler ‘U Kucharzy’ Warsaw Ossolińskich 7, Warsaw

Gessler at Daquise London 20 Thurloe Street, South Kensington, London SW7 2LT

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  1. It looks delicious. I quite like your shoes too. I’d like to go to Warsaw one day…

  2. the food you eat always looks so delicious! jeaaaalous.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com

  3. That’s it. I think I shall board a plane and visit that amazing chequer-tiled, meringue-serving heaven. Foodieville! And, as ever, I’m a soggy muffin for your brilliant photography. I’d be too thrilled if you had a peek at my blog and told me what you think?!
    Have a boitiful Easter,
    X the St.Udio

  4. red and green feels like christmas :) but love that color and pants. the food looks delicious

  5. Cat

    Everything is making my mouth water. Mmmm :) And I was going to say your outfit reminds me of Christmas as well!


  6. Such a beautiful and neat place to eat

    Bright Green Laces

  7. I truly love the idea of an intimate restaurant setting. Being able to watch your food being made to a degree and smelling the delicious aroma really makes it feel like home and puts me at ease…making the meal that much better. With your Warsaw gem though, I can’t actually tell if my longing is from the restaurant concept or your well shot photos :)

  8. My taste buds are tingling just looking at these pictures. Amazing.

  9. this restaurant sounds fantastic! i love how you describe the punch~
    wow…how do you take such amazing pics?! these photos are awesome :DDD Such delicious and stunning photos of food—my favorite :) A lovely festive noel outfit too! loves it~~~ xo Diana

  10. now i like everything until i see the word “loser”.

    the delicate accessories are just so lovely.

  11. That place is just dreamy!

  12. big fan of your green pants with the golden zipper!

  13. I love these colors on your outfit; green with red , its perfect ! really lovely.

    That restaurant looks fantastic, and you made beautiful pictures!

  14. These photos are so gorgeous! I am so hungry now! Definitely going to check out the London branch. I love your Ferragamo shoes too…they tend to be too narrow for my feet sometimes, which is kind of tragic.

  15. love love love .

  16. Lovely pics of this great restaurant! been there last summer and they served some good food and cool atmosphere… will probably have a meal there again next time I’m in Warsaw.


  17. Ah man you must take me there one day (in London one of course), the soup looks delish!!!!!!
    P.s can’t wait to wear our red SF shoes!!!!

  18. mmmmmmmmmmmmeringue…


  19. Ana

    Hi Shini!
    Sounds lovely! Hope to get to try someday that restaurant.
    By the way Happy Easter, not just for the holidays, but for it´s religious meaning.
    May Jesus resurrected be with you (Feliz pascua de resurrección)
    A big hug from Canary Islands, Spain.

  20. michelle

    amazing post! looks so delicious


  21. OMG>>> does that look great… Can they deliver to the USA????

  22. wow.. the food the looks delicious!! Yummy. Lovely pictures!!

  23. Ohh how lovely this restaurant looks, yummy indeed! The pea soup and those meringues look delish.

    Might have to check out the London one sometime when I pay a visit :)


    lipstick and balloons

  24. Adorable! I have only recently discovered Polish food and am now a die hard fan!
    Great blog! :)



  25. The pictures are fantastic and you look great too!


    I’m so in love with your pictures, you can hardly imagine!


  27. mmmmm yummiii


  28. Yao

    Oh Shini, your food pictures, more than anything else on the whole wide interwebs, make me want to visit Warsaw. This place sounds like a treasure, and that egg in aspic looks amazing!

  29. Oh, i love your outfit! it feels like christmas! super chic!

  30. Your outfit reminds me of Christmas! Love love love your Ferragamos! Tried finding them on ebay but to no avail. :(

    Bisous, nana!

  31. I like your outfit and it reminds me of the Christmas colours :)

  32. Flora

    Shini! You’re kidding, this is one of my favourite restaurants as well, the meat there is sooo tasty! Hope you have tried also homemade cakes, which maybe not as delectable as the latter still are delicious!

  33. Wooooah, £5? FIVE POUNDS???! It looks bloody amazing.

  34. Love these trousers. Running off to buy some now…

  35. This post is making me hungry.. hihi.

  36. Yum, yum, yum! I can’t believe you can get a three course meal for that price!


  37. feels like christmas.. :D

  38. Good post!
    The kitchens that you have shown look great. You can see that they are very well equipped. The catering machinery is fundamental for a good quality of food and cooking.
    You can find hospitality machinery online at http://www.servibar.net/
    A greeting!