At the beginning of August I went back to Poland for a week and I was joined by my boyfriend, who visited the city of Łódź for the first time. Considering that he is so much of a foodie, just like I am, and that we both enjoy the pleasure of dining out and trying new cuisines, I have decided to go to one of my absolute favourite places in the city: Anatewka.
Anatewka is a Jewish restaurant located both in the city centre (ul. 6 Sierpnia 2/4) and in the former biggest textile factory of the city, now turned art-shopping-dining centre (Manufaktura). There is sense of stepping back in time when you enter the restaurant: white crochet tablecloth, old silver menorah on the windowsills, folk paintings and a mellow sound of the violin on the background.
There is something very nostalgic about the ambience of the restaurant, being it the simple way the table is decorated with coarse salt, pepper and sugar – each of them in a small glass bowl, or the fading flame of the white candles. The moment you enter the restaurant you feel as if you were taken back in time and you were invited to join a typical Jewish feast in a respectable and traditional Jewish house.
Both my boyfriend and I went for a starter and a main dish and we chose the white wine house, which was a big surprise: crispy, fruity with a hazalnut aftertaste.
The food is delicious and if you are used to the contrasting flavours of Polish cuisine, you will fall in love with every single dish on the menu. There is a wide range of appetizers, main dishes (meat and fish) and also a reasonable choice for vegetarians. If you are undecided, you are more than welcome to ask for advice, as the staff is extremely helpful and can recommend you anything. And the good thing is that the portions are huge! Guaranteed Jewish feast.
For more info Anatewka.
And the best thing? At the end of your meal, you will receive a little lucky Jew holding 1 groszy, which is supposed to bring you lot of money! 🙂