Want to treat the Polish prince or princess you’re dating to a taste of home, but not sure where to find ingredients? Or perhaps you’re Polish and you’d like to treat your new date to some home cooked cuisine? Since Poland joined the EU in 2004, stores, bakeries and delis selling Polish delights have sprung up all over the UK – these days it’s just a matter of finding the good ones. Large supermarket chains have all been known to stock Polish ingredients but if you really want to impress it’s important to go native. We don’t mean jumping on the first plane to Warsaw, but venturing into some of the great Polish establishments on your high street. Try some of these for starters:
Polish dating in London
Prima Delicatessan West Kensington This deli has been running for over 50 years and was one of the first Polish shops to spring up in London back in its day. Selling sausages, vodka, flour, jam, fish and cakes, you should find enough here to cook a small feast for your Polish partner.
Beetroot Deli 92 Fleet Road, Hampstead Heath, London NW3 2QX Here you’ll find a huge range of foodstuffs to tickle your date’s taste buds including cheeses, breads, herrings and a charcuterie with all the cold meats you could ask for. As with most Polish food stores, value for money rates highly here, and you could well have change left over for something sweet afterwards.
Polsmak 39 Balls Pond Road, London N1 4BW This newish Polish deli stocks everything from cosmetics (not recommended for cooking ingredients!) to spices, snacks and sauces. Pick up a bottle of cranberry or honey wodka and a poppy seed cheese cake for dessert to really treat your Polish date.
Polish dating around the UK
Barbakan Deli 67-71 Manchester Rd, Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester, M21 9PW This Manchester bakery-deli has been open for more than 40 years and produces over 15,000 loaves of bread a week – now that’s busy! With a variety of Polish and European foodstuffs, this is a good place to go if you’re planning a picnic, Polish style.
Dwa Koty 269-271 Kensington, Liverpool L7 2RG If you need Polish food in Liverpool at the drop of a hat, this chain of successful food stores is your best bet in Liverpool. Open from 9am till 9pm, this is good for last minute deli treats and afterthoughts you might have on the evening of your date.
Bona Deli Edinburgh 86 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9PT Dumplings, Pastries, and Polish sausage are some of the mouth watering wares on sale at this Edinburgh deli. Stocking pretty much every Polish and Eastern European food you can imagine, this is a must for Scots dating Poles who want to impress.
Treating your date to Polish dishes
A final word on Polish dating and culinary perfection; do your research! Before attempting dishes such as dumplings or hunter’s stew, make sure you know your recipe and if you don’t, be sure to ask the person at the deli counter – they’ll be able to tell you if you’re missing any vital ingredients. Above all leave yourself plenty of time in the kitchen; preparation is the key to making the perfect Polish cuisine.