Pod Roza Restaurant
Florianska Street, part of the famed Royal Route, is arguably the finest 'walking' street in Krakow. Clubs, bars, shops and restaurants compete for the attentions of the multitudes walking past, and the choices are many. Located under the hotel that bears the same name, Pod Roza ('under the rose') is an elegant and substantial restaurant that offers the discerning diner a considerable degree of satisfaction.
The premise is a modern approach to classical cuisine, which finds its form in selected Polish delicacies that have been enriched by a Mediterranean influence. What this means is that if you can't survive without lobster or foie gras, you need not worry. Beef carpaccio, duck, ravioli or risotto? No problem. Main courses such as lamb chops with fresh spinach and fried sweetbreads, sirloin beef with potato ratatouille, or angler fish in lemon breadcrumbs with grilled asparagus are just some of the choices to make your mouth water.
Notably, the wine list is rated by Wine Spectator as one of the finest, and most extensive, in the world, and the dessert menu is - as the saying goes - to die for. Situated in a large glass-covered atrium, the stylish interior strikes the right balance between unforced elegance and modern informality; and for those pursuing business interests, the discreet mezzanine and free Wi-Fi are yet another bonus.
In a city where competition for fine dining is increasing year on year, Pod Roza is a restaurant for those who appreciate great food and wine in comfortable and relaxing surroundings. The menu comfortably accommodates both the adventurous and the more conservative customer, and if you wish to impress then it's essential you place it high up on your list of choices.