A meal with a view, close to town
The 5. piętro restaurant, located in the heart of Gdańsk, on the 5th floor of IBB Hotel Długi Targ, offers breakfast from very early in the morning. Aside from their delicious breakfast, there is one other reason to visit the restaurant: you can witness Długi Targ street coming to life, so make sure to book a table by the window! 5. piętro serves meals from 7 a.m., which is essential information for all the hungry early birds out there, as it’s difficult to get anything decent to eat at this time of day in Gdańsk. The restaurant is open for both hotel and walk-in guests.
“Our breakfast is something we’re particularly proud of, and something that makes us stand out,” says Joanna Dyczyńska, general manager of the hotel. “There’s no place here for hotel monotony, almost each day we serve something new. Everything is delicious and healthy, and our guests really appreciate that”
Breakfast in 5. piętro offers a variety of fresh, home-made products: delicious patés, cold meats (including curry and honey turkey, pork loin in marjoram, and crispy roasted pork neck), various lard spreads, pickled cucumbers, and cheese from local suppliers. Those who like to start their day with a healthy breakfast have many delicious treats at their disposal: freshly squeezed juice, cocktails, smoothies, etc. And there’s also room for breakfast classics: scrambled eggs or omelettes. Make sure to take a look into the “healthy fridge” , as head chef Grzegorz Wiciak calls it. He is a chef with 16 years experience, who moved to Gdańsk from Poznań. The fridge is full of vitamin shots, which are a great way to start your day.
I reach the restaurant at noon, so breakfast time is already over. There are other delicacies waiting for me, though. Before the delicate, buttery challah and home-made paté with cranberries (incredible!) finds its way to my table, I have a moment to admire the morning sun’s rays making their way up the facades of the street’s townhouses and the town hall’s clock tower. The view is incredible, but the wonderful aroma of the food brings me quickly back to reality.
For the main course, the head chef recommends duck confit with yeast dumplings and juniper demi-glace sauce, with a red cabbage and baked pear mousse. The meal is truly excellent, and the dumplings, just like a sponge, absorb the delicious sauce, while the duck almost literally melts in your mouth. Serving cabbage in the form of a mousse is an interesting idea, and its texture perfectly completes the dish.
The entire menu is based on Polish cuisine, with a modern twist provided by the head chef, and is fresh and seasonal. “When composing a menu, I try to stick to products which are in season,” says Grzegorz Wiciak. “I try to ensure we use products that are available longer than a month, as we change the menu every three months. The new spring menu will be available in April”.
In the menu, you will find meticulously prepared classics: traditional broth with home-made noodles, or red beet soup served with home-made dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms. The head chef especially recommends the beef roulade (zrazy) with potato pancakes, served with anise beetroot. The menu also includes fish , such as delicate trout fillet in wine and butter sauce, with courgette pancakes and green vegetables.
For dessert, I have pancakes with home-made plum jam, which are crispy and smell of cinnamon. If you love classic desserts, you can order home-made apple pie or vanilla ice cream with hot raspberries.
I also try a combination of cheeses and a cold cut platter, which are normally sold separately. Several kinds of cheese from local suppliers are the icing on today’s culinary cake.
Although it is a hotel restaurant, dining at 5. piętro is far from the “sad” experience you often find in hotel restaurants. The food is delicious, and you can feel that it is prepared by a passionate team that carefully looks over each element of every course: from the flavour of single ingredients, through the composition of textures, to the methods of serving. The second thing that makes this place stand out is its friendly prices. Hotel restaurants are usually – to put it bluntly - expensive. 5. piętro, on the other hand, offers affordable prices.
“5. piętro is a place that wants to be closer to hotel guests, as well as the people of the Tricity,” says Joanna Deptuła from 33 indeed Agency, which supports both the hotel and the restaurant. “Closer to the city itself, and closer to its events. The restaurant is casual and offers delicious food and an opportunity to relax, without caring about attire or the fact that a child has stained a napkin.”
I need to mention that 5. piętro is also worth visiting after dusk, when the warm glow of street lamps covers the city. Add a glass of delicious wine and a plate full of delicacies, and you get a perfect date scenario! So, if you're wondering where to enjoy a delicious meal, I strongly recommend this restaurant.
The author of text and photo: Anna Włodarczyk
Aficionado of good food, regional products and flavours. Author of the best-selling cook book, “Retro kuchnia” (“Retro kitchen”), in which she re-discovers forgotten, pre-war recipes. Author of www.strawberriesfrompoland.pl blog, photographer, and culinary journalist.
5. piętro restaurant:
Długi Targ 14-16, Gdańsk.