Piano Restaurant. Unique menu, where four cultures meet
Regional cuisine based on local products - this is the idea behind the team of Piano Restaurant in Pruszcz Gdański. The regionalism here is of unique proportions. Geography, i.e. the location of Pruszcz Gdański on the map, is a strong inspiration for the Restaurant’s cuisine. Guests have the possibility to immerse in flavours inspired by cultures of Kashubia, Kociewie, Old Gdańsk or, forgotten by many, Mannonites, from the contemporary Żuławy region.
Restaurant’s menu comprises three mini-menus: regional, Polish, and French. Regional cuisine is a “culinary melting pot of four cultures, those of Kashubia, Kociewie, Old Gdańsk, and Mennonite.
“The apple of our eyes is the memory of the Mennonites, for whom for 400 years the delta of Vistula River was a homeland” say the owners of the Chopin Hotel. This is why they treat the mission of cultivating the memory of Żuławy peoples as a personal challenge. Mennonites were famous for their hard work in the fields, river regulation, as well as for raising and preserving levees. Their culinary habits were based on simple ingredients manufactured in their own households. - All our Mennonite cuisine dishes are based on original historical recipes found in the materials and books on Mennonites - explains the manager of Chopin Hotel.
A delicious example of a Mennonite dish served in Piano Restaurant is Kommst Borscht, which is a sauerkraut soup made from sweet cabbage and tomatoes, cooked on rich beef broth with anise.
A great Example of a dish originating from Kociewie region are the so-called “golce kociewskie z gomółką” , noodles made of raw and boiled potatoes, stuffed with cottage cheese produced in a dairy in Skarszewy. They are served with fried sauerkraut.
On the other hand, a Mennonite dessert consists of apple and cinnamon pancakes with the aroma of Machandel juniper liqueur (gin), the most famous liqueur originating from Gdańsk at the turn of 19th century. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Kashubian tastes are represented by fried and baked cod in bacon. This sea fish is served with string beans, lemon sauce, and new potatoes.
Ingredients used in Piano Restaurant come from regional suppliers. Flour is purchased in the historical mill in Pruszcz Gdański, freshwater fish from ponds in Kleszczewo, and goose meat is supplied by a breeder from Dębogórze. Dairy is purchased from a dairy company in Skarszewy that is famous for its ripened cheese, “Szeneker”.
Apart from Machandel juniper liqueur, the traditional Gold Wasser vodka with gold flakes, and regional beers, the menu also includes an Old Gdańsk beer produced according to a recipe by Mr Lucjan Iwanowicz, the last brewer from the Gdańsk Brewery.
Piano Restaurant has been taking its guests on a culinary journey since 2010. It started together with Chopin Hotel, in which it is located. As the head chef, Radosław Seremet, explains, through his approach to cooking he attempts to convince people that it is not an expensive and exclusive restaurant for business people only. - In order to show that it can be done the other way, tasty, neat, but at the same time - affordably, we have created a menu that contains meals for all budgets next to sophisticated dishes. After all, cottage cheese-stuffed dumplings are closer to a milk bar, and not to a hotel restaurant - he laughs. And immediately adds: - Not always does a restaurant menu have to rely exclusively on expensive, selected products. Such menu can also be created based on widely available products, purchased on the local market.
The culinary research of the restaurant’s head chef reach as far back in time as to the ancient times. Piano Restaurant co-operates with Faktoria in Pruszcz Gdański (a trading settlement from the Roman times that is located there), supplying meals from the restaurant to the hungry participants of various historical reconstructions. However, that is not all. - Together with historians, we re-create eating habits of the ancient Goths. We have even managed to prepare a Roman feast, called cena - says the hotel manager.
What is important, Piano Restaurant is part of the chain “Pomorskie Culinary Heritage”, and the Pomeranian Chamber of Commerce of Natural and Traditional Food.
Fotos: Łukasz Stafiej (facebook.com/foodandgoodmood)
Chopina 28, Pruszcz Gdański
Phone. +48 58 683 53 14