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“Great little place”
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Sola
Cuisines: Polish
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Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

My family and I recently traveled to Chester. We noticed this place while walking back up into town from the river. It seemed very small then we where told the restaurant was upstairs. The food was fantastic, the waitress was also very friendly she explained to us everything was cooked fresh. The next time we visit Chester, we will definitely return.

2  Thank Mac S
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

We thought this place looked interesting and wanted to check it out.
The menu on the outside had put us off because we didn't know what things were and the menu layout is a bit confusing for Brits. The owner told us it is set out in traditional Polish style (breakfasts, mains, soups, desserts) but she's considering changing it to a more British style (starters, mains, desserts).
The inside of the restaurant is very nice and cute. There is a very nicely decorated upstairs that has more of a restaurant feel than downstairs if you want to sit there.

The owner/chef (Aga) came to greet us and explained the menu.
I wanted to try the borsch (from the soups section) for a starter but we actually decided to order 3 mains - 1 for a shared starter.

We ordered a wine that the wife said was really nice (Hardys) and I had a choice of loads of Polish beers. I went for the Zywiec.

We were keen to try the pierogie so we had this as a shared starter. They are soft cheese stuffed dumplings served with fried onions and cream. They were gorgeous and are recommended.

For mains we had the meatballs and the potato goulash. There were 2 large meatballs with mash (or you can have chips) and salad. The meatballs were very succulent and tasty. Different from other meatballs we've tried. The potato goulash was great. It looked like a calzone when it arrived. It has a fried potato base with the beef goulash in the middle and then the potato folded over. If you've never had goulash before you have the get to this place and try one the goulashs here. It tasted halfway between a stew and a curry. The meat was very tender and the sauce was nice and smooth. Spot on. It was also huge. It is a good job we had decided to share our mains as there was a massive difference between the amount of food on the 2 plates.

We could only manage 1 dessert between us. Really wanted the cheesecake but they were out of them until Aga could make some more. We asked for a recommendation and were advised the cheese pancakes. They have soft cheese in them. We were sceptical but they were great. The textures really went together. Perfect light dessert for when you're full but determined to get a dessert in you somehow.

Now, the vodka drinking started. I've been to Poland once and the goulashs and vodkas were some of the most memorable things.
It started with a concoction called 'Mad Dog'. A mix of vodka, tabasco and fruit juice - an interesting mixture of pleasure and pain. This was the only one I downed - I'm too old for downing shots now but Mad Dog is not something you sip. I had 3 (or 4 - can't remember) other vodkas that I really enjoyed.

1 starter (a main acting as 2 starters), 2 mains, 1 dessert, 2 large (250m) wines, 2 beers, 4 (or maybe 5) vodkas = £60

Brilliant. (Note - it will be much cheaper if you're not bothered about ending the night with vodkas - I'd say about £12-£15 of the bill was for my vodkas)

We really do recommend a visit here.
We would definitely return.

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7  Thank MikeandSuzanneO
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Do not be put off by the basic look of the outside or the menu on the window advertising dumplings - pierogie are more like ravioli. I went along to test out the menu - was it like home-cooked? It definitely passed that test. We ordered dishes to share and a 3-salad side dish. The waitress was very knowledgeable, the chef came out to show us dried Polish mushrooms - more flavour than the uk button mushrooms! After that feast and a 'doggy-bag' with left overs, we had baked cheesecake - yummy - but should have had one to share. Would definitely suggest finishing your meal with some Polish vodka as recommended by the waitress.

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3  Thank sunny121UK
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

Loved the food at this place, I had never had Polish food before but thought it was delicious. Would go back!

2  Thank Nienke J
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Reviewed June 12, 2014
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