Polish date review: Baltic

My Polish date and I wanted to try something a bit different from the local pub or burger joint, so we ventured out to southeast London to the Polish restaurant Baltic. The restaurant has an outstanding reputation and this was reflected in the sheer volume of people when we walked in on a Friday night.

The décor is understated glamour, with a massive chandelier shining down rays of golden light on the diners beneath. The seating is intimate which is perfect for a date as the atmosphere is lively but when you’re chatting to your date you feel like you’re the only two people in the restaurant. Noise levels can be a bit of an issue though, so if you’re easily disturbed then this might not be the right place for you to have dinner.

Saying that, the food should be enough to keep you interested. My date and I shared a selection of starters, refreshing smoked salmon blinis, squid with chicory and fennel salsa and something I’d’ never eaten before, mushroom caviar. All were delicious and a taste of something new, which is exactly the experience we both wanted.

Mains were even better. We tried the braised rabbit with prune and smoked bacon served with sage dumplings and the roast cod on a bed of nutty, cheesy, risotto deliciousness. The perfect winter warmers.

Drinks to accompany can bring the price of your meal up quite steeply. We were enticed by the extensive vodka list so decided to blow the budget, which turned out to be a wise decision. You can either have classic vodka or one with a twist; we decided to sample the spiced orange variety that was a taste sensation.

If you’re looking for something new and want to bring a Polish twist to your date then definitely try Baltic. The food and atmosphere were certainly enough to entice us back to try this restaurant again.