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Chlopskie Jadlo (Peasant kitchen) is one of the most well-known destinations in Cracow, popular with visitors and locals alike. The food is well-cooked, simple and delicious, and the portions suitably hearty to match the authentic peasant decor. Favourites for us are the golabki and the fried potatoes with garlic sauce that are utterly delicious, but will have you gulping litres of water (or something stronger) for the rest of the night. A big hit for the children is the hunk of bread complete with intimidating knife that arrives unbidden on your table. A must visit, but you should reserve one of their long bench tables or cosy sleighs in advance if you plan to eat at the weekend.
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food is really good. we went twice. (but steak needs to be ordered well done if you like it medium).
our second visit was not so good as we had to wait 1 hour for our meal to arrive.
very dissapointed at this and the manageress did not seem bothered. but great food., shame about the wait.
Unfortunately, restaurants and food quality can change quicker than the skin color of a chameleon.
A couple of years ago, I truly thought it was a unique dining experience, and in fact, I just recommended it to friends.
I just hope they have not let their guard down. I love this restaurant. It is the epitome of what is so great about Krakow.
If there is a problem, please please, please fix it!
Those who want fine dining and five star service should go elsewhere, but those who want a taste of traditional peasant grub, this is the place to go.
The meals are generously portioned and the variety is great. A bit pricey for locals, but clearly aimed at the tourist market, I found the price comparitively cheap, at about £10 for a two course meal and a drink, not incluing the all-you-can-eat salad bar and free apple pie (apparently served only on Sundays)
The service was not the greatest I've ever had, but was friendly and polite, and spoke english far better than my Polish.
To those who claim this is Polish Mcdonalds I say simply - I wish I went to your mcdonalds, becuase my happy meals are nowhere near as good as this wholesome and fullfilling meal.
horrible poor food...a shame to represent polish traditional food.
Was a very very nice amazing place last year, but the manager changes and there is no respect of the customer.
(4,5 zl a glass of water with a slice of lemon or slice of apple = polish traditional drink according to them !!!!!!)
I thought the food here was fantastic! I really enjoyed the gulas with potato pancakes, my girlfriend devoured the cabbage rolls (with minced pork/rice, smothered in a spicy tomato sauce), a friend highly recommended the Bigos casserole and another mate loved the bacon roulade! Somehow we had room for a pudding - the yummiest pancakes with apple and ice cream! Mmmmmm!
4 beers and 4 fruit juice (compote)'s later the bill came to about £18 for the 4 of us! Outstanding value for money!
We will definiely eat here next time we visit Krakow (ul. Jana)
I can't see what all the negativity is about. On a recent holiday in Poland we ate there twice. The staff were great and even though they were extremely busy. I found the selection of food to be really tasty. And so what that you have to pay extra if you want potatoes etc. where don't you pay extra for an additional item?
The selection of food was great which made our selection difficult, so the result, they made a platter for us with a selection of meats, pierogi, cheese, potatoes, bread. FANTASTIC! Maybe I couldn't tell what was on my plate either, but seriously, I'm travelling the world and I don't most of the dishes around.....who cares. It tasted great and the portions were more than generous. You may pay a little more than elsewhere and maybe that's what's ticked a lot of the people off, but it was well worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience traditional Polish food.
A few weeks ago, we spent 10 days at Krakow. During this time, we had the most wonderful food - with one exception: Chlopskie Jadlo. Not only was it twice as expensive as the other restaurants, but also couldn't we define what we had on our plates. The taste was really miserable, as well as the whole appearance. After a bite we paided and had a wonderful hot aplle cake somewhere else.
My conclusion: Only go there, if you have a addiction to non-tasting food.
I agree MICHAEL, wholeheartedly. Never had so much salt on my food - probably has a trowel-full of monosodiumglutamate thrown in for good measure. I used to visit this place quite frequently, but found I had such a terrible thirst afterwards that I gave up on it. There are LOTS of better places to eat traditional Polish fare.
Do they have shares in the Wieliczka salt mine? Whilst all the food we had looked appetising, it was horrifically oversalted. I would think that if you ate there for a week, you would die of kidney failure and hypertension. The four of us had a much better lunch in Kazimierz for a fifth of the price!
(The review is on Chlopskie Jadlo off Grodzka - The deathly figure at the entrance door says it all - BEWARE!)
Chlopskie Jadlo What can I say service is quick, Staff could smile a bit more. The food is nice but they do charge you for everything if you want potatoes with your kotlet they charge you extra same for if you want Veg. But thing that made me laugh was it cost 18 zloty for my wife's meal not to bad.... but it cost me 14 zloty for 2 waters I can get 4 zapikanka for that. All in all the food was good and on a sunday you get free cake not that we had any because we were still full from the zapikanka we had in kazimierz at lunch time. Vist the zapikanka stall its much better and the price of water is better
Been Here a number of times found the staff to be fine and the food always plentiful, typically meaty menu but also good for the vegetarians too (which i am) the help yourself salad is brilliant the smoked sheeps cheese with redcurrant jam is great and the pierogi with cabbage and mushrooms are great, the one near the main square has a labyrinth of rooms and is a stunning place, gets full though and the other branch the food was not as good, but overall great polish food and dont forget to try the hot beer with rasberry juice.
Having read the reviews on this site, I phoned from England and BOOKED a table to ensure a seat on my first night in Krakow. The food and service were excellent. So good infact that we returned a few days later. This time the service was poor, the food was cold and infact not even cooked properly. Perhaps it all comes down to the staff, but I wouldnt go back again.
To be able to stumble on to a place that is a pure delight is perhaps one of the great joys of unguided travel. This is the perfect jewel of a restaurant with the right level of a casual ambience combined with superb local pace and tastes. The soups are particularly recommended and so is the baked cheese. It is rare, in a place like Krakow to want to eat in the same place thrice over three days. But that's exactly what happened.
BOOK YOUR TABLE!! This place gets very busy in the evening. We managed to get the last table on the second night of trying. But well worth the wait! Massive portions of true Polish food... just like my mum makes at home! Try the bread and lard... it's an experience not to be missed.
We did a walking tour of Krakow through Stay Poland which was wonderful and our guide recommended this restaurant. We went on a Friday evening and were very lucky to get the last free table as we didn't book in advance (would definitely recommend booking). The food and the service was fantastic and we'd recommend it to everyone.
Good fun and great hearty food. Perfect for stockpiling the body against the wintry elements that await outside.
Don't be put off by the look of the "Dripping", slap it on the bread, sprinkle it with salt, superb !
Krakow has a great choice of restaurants, but "Chlopskie Jadlo" is definitely one that should not be missed.
I recommend you book a table if you want to eat here.The food is a superb.If you want to try traditional polish food this is the place to go.The menu is the same thickness as a novel with so much to choose from.I had a meal with a Polish friend with drinks and the bill came to 15GBP.You really cant go wrong.
You cannot believe that hangover we had after drinking the day before in Krakow. When walking around the town we just had to get something to drink and eat aswell. Just by accident we stepped in to this rstaurant that nearly changed our lives. Because of my hangover my liver was screaming so, that people in restaurant thought there was a fire alarm. But as I eat those Boars Ribs I became totally a new man. I have newer eaten such master piece of gourmet art. I defenetely have to come back to Krakow just because of this restaurant. The Boars Ribs are the only thing I can remember of that day.
We were overjoyed that Chlopskie Jadlo was located just 3 doors down from Nathan's Villa Hostel, not far from Wawel hill, where our family of 4 was staying. Twice we walked in without reservations and were able to be seated. As you walked through the door, it was like stepping into another world - sitting down for a meal at your grandma's village cottage, complete with bed linens draped over chairs and religious icons and carvings on the wall.
We feasted on fantastically prepared lamb cutlets, mushroom soup, barszcz with small meat-filled dumplings, luscious salmon in creamy wine sauce, pickled herring in onions and apples and trout covered in an interesting walnut sauce. We sat in a peasant cottage, eating like kings! The service was very attentive but not rushed. My only disappointment was that I could not get Golabki.
After our meal we wandered over to the corner of one of the cozy dining rooms which was set up as a mini store from which you could buy rustic breads, smoked sausages and meats, jarred pickles,mushrooms and jams and jellies. Yes, just like grandma's, you can take food home with you for that picnic the next day in the park!
Thank you Chlopksie Jadlo for a memorable Polish dining experience.