Arek Kwasnica and Bart Langowski opened Na Zdrowie to give Sydneysiders an authentic Polish food experience. The cosy dining room with heavy blond-wood furniture feels every bit like an alpine chalet in mid-winter, replete with Eastern European-style decor, right down to a bright red Polish-themed sweater casually hanging on a coathook!
Traditional Polish soup is a good way to start, and the menu here includes flaczki (beef tripe soup), zurek (sour rye broth with potato and Polish smoked sausage) and barszcz with uszka (beetroot broth with tiny ear-shaped dumplings), which is exceptional in its depth and balance of flavour. Pierogi (traditional Polish dumplings) are a must-try. With four varieties to choose from, take the easy option and order the selection – you won’t be disappointed! Mains are hearty, meat-focused and reflective of cold Polish winters. Schabowy (pork loin schnitzel) and szaszlyk (chargrilled meat and vegetables) are generous and flavoursome, but it’s the accompanying side dishes that make them truly delicious.
PSST! It’s not a traditional Polish meal without vodka! Try at least one from the dedicated three-page vodka list!