Hidden among the myriad expensive French restaurants and steakhouses of Old Montréal sits this little gem serving traditional Polish cuisine at extremely affordable prices. It’s the real deal: on a recent visit we overheard servers speaking to each other in Polish. We highly recommend the golabki, cabbage leaves stuffed with pork and rice in a savory tomato sauce, and the pierogis, dumplings filled with meat, cheese and potato, or mushrooms and cabbage. There’s a variety of classic soups and game meats, including roast boar and duck—a nod to Poland’s history as a game hunting culture. Décor features brick and stone walls, colorful hanging lights, and a central seating area featuring pews from an old church and a number of refectory tables saved from a convent (smaller tables line the periphery). The place is a bargain—main courses are almost all in the C$15 range. A pianist even plays each night starting at 6pm.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber