It's high time for you to check out the Ognisko restaurant on Exhibition Road in South Kensingston London. Housed in the elegant building which is the home of Ognisko Polskie Club as well, the venues already a classy eyecatcher. Served are traditional dishes from eastern and central Europa, with an emphasis on polish cuisine. Come in and experience the versatile kitchen.
In South Kensingston London on Exhibition Road an elegant building that's home to the Ognisko
Polskie Club houses the Ognisko restaurant. The venue has great decorum, classy and light without
being stuffy. The large terrace gives you the opportunity to overlook the communal gardens, while
dining outside during the summer times. The menu is as orthodox and traditional as the interior.
Specialized in the cuisines of eastern and central Europe with a focus on polish cooking you'll get
to eat delicacy’s like grilled Marinated Quail Salad with Pomegranate, Celeriac and Radish, or wild
Mushrooms and Girolles, braised with cream.
And that's just the beginning of a culinary enlightenment! Paprika marinated Coquelet with Beetroot and potatoe salad and garlic yoghurt, a whole roast Sea Bream with braised Kohlrabi and Dill, or fried Koptytka Dumplings with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms how good sounds that? Mouth watering right? Just as tasty are the drinks that are poured out at the bar. Among coffees, teas and juice the Ognisko provides a extensive cocktail list and wide range of polish and russian vodkas, as well as a great seletection of homemade flavours. And because the bar is opened at all times, its the perfect place to have drinks before or after dinner. Renown publications and blogs like the Sunday Times, Swell City Guide and Time Out praised the Ognisko on Exhibition Road to the skies, its time you follow their example.
Went for my partner's 30th here, we'd never had Polish food before and what a treat it was. We had herring bilinis and mushroom dumplings to start then the pork schnitzel and rabbit leg for mains. Service was great and the food was fantastic.
Excellent food and atmosphere. We only ordered a a main course and there was a bit of a delay but the manageress dealt with it really well. We didn't need to complain but she apologised anyway and gave us some complimentary shots of plum vodka (very festive!). All the staff were friendly and very professional. A very well organised pre theatre 'dining experience'
We had a very pleasant evening at Ognisco. The food was very nice and the service was good. The atmosphere was just right, nice and buzzy but easy to hear each other!
Once again an outstanding dinner in one of the best kept secrets in London. A short walk from the Royal Albert Hall and the perfect place to relax for cocktails or a full out Polish dinner. 5 stars!
My boyfriend and I went out to dinner at Ognisko Restaurant before heading over to a concert at the nearby Royal Albert Hall. I arrived early and had a cocktail in the bar area, delicious Rhubarb Punch, while taking in the beautiful surroundings. The interior is grand and very beautifully maintained. All of the staff on the day were Polish and very friendly and approachable. The food was fantastic and I think really good value for money. We've had some starters to share, including pickled herring, pork crackling and a selection of meats. For main course I had a roast goose leg while my boyfriend had a honey and pomegranate glazed pork shank. Both well lush! (I tasted both!) The skin on the goose leg for perfectly golden and crispy and the meat was pretty much falling off the bone! The pork shank was pretty much melting in the mouth! The wine was also lovely although I wouldn't mind seeing some Polish wines on the menu. The only downside I could find is that the interior is extremely dark, it's hard to properly see what you're eating! Also, the toilets could do with being better signposted as it's quite easy to get lost. Overall the experience was really positive. Even though it was Monday night the place was buzzing and had a really nice atmosphere. While not the cheapest, we are already looking for an excuse to come back!
Friendly, attentive service from the moment I arrived. A well stocked bar with an excellent range of spirits and bottled beers. Another time I might ask what they have on draft but when I said beer the barmaid pointed to the chiller cabinet and I'm glad because I'd never tried Johannes, lovely hoppy beer. We went for lard, mixed grilled meat and whiting starters - I could take or leave the whiting but the mixed grill (which you could get as a main was excellent) perhaps they could go a bit easier on the pork crackling - in my view you only need a little as garnish but that could just be me. For the main I had goose leg with braised red cabbage and fig - awesome. reading some other reviews that food came out cold from the kitchen was unfounded - mine was hot and delicious. My friend had breaded pork loin with sauteed potatoes (basically a schnitzel) and he loved it. We were too full to eat anything else and just carried on working our way through the beer list. I normally drink wine with a meal and we were phillsitines on this occasion but who cares eh? I'm a British-born Serb and for me this restaurant just pushed all the right buttons in terms of representing the best of Slavic cuisine, hospitality, authenticity and ambience - a rare thing in London. I'll definitely be going back. The prices are spot on. I read some reviews saying the prices were 'lofty'. If you think £4, £6-£8 for appetisers and starters and £14-20 for mains is lofty then you need counselling. Ognisko is great just don't tell everyone otherwise I won't be able to get a table!
Reserved a spot here before attending a show at the Royal Albert Hall and they smartly have idea of a 2 or 3 course theatre meal. I went with 3. The appetizer was marinated herring with some vegetables and though it is not something I will necessarily remember, it arrived quickly and welcomed me into the meal. In fact, quickly and efficiently were the operative words for my service, never, even though dining alone, did it drag out. Speaking of this, I started with an apple and ginger lemonade, which was extremely refreshing, but like many house made lemonades I likely left it sitting too long and it tasted mostly like water by the end. As a main I ordered a porkchop that came with sauerkraut and apple something, it was one of the best pork chops in ever ate and the sauerkraut held none of the sourness I somewhat fear from it. The berries in the accompanying sauce I found too contrasting, but I did not need to eat them, the porkchop did not need them for me. Ending it off I had a ptys, which offered a great combo of pastry and cream without being too sweet. A very enjoyable meal.
Ognisko is a real find; I've eaten here before, and was delighted to come back. It's one of my favourite London restaurants. The food is unfussy but classy, well cooked and delicious, and the service from every member of staff you meet is courteous, charming, happy, and efficient. There was a real buzz the night we went - apparently it was the 75th anniversary of the building being given to the Polish Government in exile during the war - and the dining room was full. Wonderful atmosphere. We dined on the lovely terrace at the back overlooking the garden square. There is also a comfortable bar for drinks and bar snacks, which is also usually busy. O yes, and they have a good cocktails list. And really, not expensive.
Fabulous restaurant. Great place for dining with friends or pre theatre. Embassy style dining room with lovely terrace area. Great bar with fabulous choice of vodkas cocktails and wines and spirits. The bar food menu and a la carte menu look amazing but we opted for the pre theatre menu and were not disappointed. Delicious goose rillettes and a mackerel salad to start followed by a marinated salmon and traditional polish pork dish. Portions extremely generous so we could t manage the mouthwatering desserts although that could also be due to fact that we ate all the wonderful breads on the table before our meal arrived. Will definitely go back. Staff were charming and friendly.
Attentive reception. First time there and made to feel welcome and comfortable. Loved the space; one doesn't feel crowded and you can hear yourself speak and the other person too without shouting; bliss! Food to die for, though pudding needed attention, but I spoke to someone about it and they tell me by the time I come again it will be sorted. A lovely place. Staff friendly and attentive without being around too much. As a fish eating vegetarian, I found the menu great; good choices. Straight vegetarians would also find this fine - and the dishes are different to the usual fare labelled v. Dishes a good size. Good selection of wines. Will be going again soon.