Tourist trails are no longer associated with walking in the mountains. More and more often, they present us with new travel directions, not only ones typically associated with tourism. Aside from holiday souvenirs, we bring back home flavours, aromas, and memories of culinary experiences that make people and places stand out of the crowd. Such places, ones with souls, are also present in Pomorskie region. The culinary route of mansions and palaces adds perfectly to the history of the region with tales of regional culinary traditions. Fall is a season for travelling, so see you along Pomorskie culinary route.
Pałac Poraj – a peaceful haven
Pałac Poraj (The Poraj Palace) is a historical building with more than 100 years of tradition. It has maintained its original interior, which allows us to go back to the 1920s. The palace is surrounded by more than eight hectares of a magical park, which is surrounded by ponds, plenty of trees, and lush gardens.
Hosts of Pałac Poraj have been running this place with guests who seek modern comforts, but also excellent traditional cooking, in mind. The latter is taken care of by the head chef, Leszek Kaźmierczak. The restaurant relies on produce grown in their own garden, in which the head chef personally tends to his crops, which are later with passion served to the guests. The selection of Polish specialties, and home-made traditional Polish meat is stunning, the menu has been polished, and local suppliers ensure the best quality of their goods. Families with children are more than welcome, as Poraj provides ample space for active leisure. Unique atmosphere of peace and quiet, birds singing, and nature within hand’s reach are just a fraction of pleasures of Poraj.
Pałac Ciekocinko – seaside luxury
It’s located in a Kashubian town of Ciekocinko. Upon crossing entrance gate, one begins to feel like arriving into a different world. The surroundings are simply stunningly beautiful, and time seems to stand still. Peace and quiet linger in the air, sending chills down the spine, and palace surroundings, with its stud, makes one want to stay here forever. Passion, with which the owners have recreated an entire era, something magical and magically majestic, can be felt on every footstep. It really is first-class time travel.
Guests have at their disposal an atmospheric tea house, a bistro, and a real jewel in the crown – t he 1906 Gourmet Restaurant, which is one of Pomorskie’s finest restaurants. Its head chef, Paweł Dołżonek, had before worked in an exquisite, two-star, Tokyo-based Narisawa restaurant. It is shown in the dishes that the restaurant has to offer: selection of finest Polish products mixing with artistry of Eastern culinary techniques. The palace bakery bakes French brioche buns, served as a small French starter called amuse-bouche. The Polish trout in beet soup literally melts in your mouth. It is prepared using the so-called mi cuit method, meaning it comes out half-raw, just like sushi. All items on the menu are prepared using Polish products only, used by the head chef to create culinary pieces of art. Each dish is paired by the waiting staff with a perfect wine from the palace cellar. The cellar is also used to store more potent alcohols, a total of 140 different wines, whiskeys, and cognacs.
The tasting menu is absolutely breath taking. All ingredients perfectly match one another, and senses keep on craving more and more. Surroundings of Pałac Ciekocinko are so vast that they are able to provide the kitchen staff with plenty of products from the kitchen garden. A wide variety of mushrooms, plenty of which can be found in the surrounding forests, are used in many dishes. Herbs, sprouts, and many kinds of wood sorrels are almost literally within hand’s reach through the kitchen window. All this makes 1906 Gourmet Restaurant so unique, and at the same time – so genuine.
The offer is not limited to culinary experience, however, but also includes many different attractions. During winter holidays, the ball room is transformed into a space perfect for a Christmas feast, and the atmospheric library is filled with guests, and where books are read at the fireplace and joyous time with family is to be had. It’s a top-class place, for guests who value high quality leisure.
Palace in Rzucewo – a neoghotic palace they call “a castle”
The park and palace complex in Rzucewo is located directly at seaside, just 20 kilometres from Gdynia. The landscape park from the 18th century that surrounds the palace was meant as a romantic garden, with lots of green plants, and trees, where one can find peace and quiet. It was meant as a retreat from daily commotion. The romantic interior of the palace hides cosy feasting rooms that are often witness to proposals or weddings. Currently, an elegant hotel operates within the premises of the palace, together with a restaurant and a café. The palace kitchen specialises in traditional, Polish cuisine, and head chef Krzysztof Barwiński prepares these dishes with highest dignity. Sour rye soup (“Żurek”) served in bread, or roast duck is just the beginning of the history of culinary traditions of this place.
The Palace in Gdynia – Quadrille Hotel from a fairy tale
Quadrille is an exclusive park and palace complex that combines nature, history, and magical modernity. Owner of the palace decided to make it into an exclusive, boutique hotel with a restaurant, conference centre, and SPA. The palace provides guests with 11 apartments, from which each one is made in different, unique style. The interior is inspired by “Alice in Wonderland” : each and every detail and element of the interior brings to mind the magical, full of illusion, work of Charles Dodgson. It’s a perfect place for those who value peace and quiet, where in the hotel SPA, with a swimming pool, top specialists will select treatments according to the needs of their guests. The hotel also offers a broad range of conference products that makes business trainings so much more attractive.
Interior of the hotel houses a unique restaurant, Biały Królik, where the head chef, Marcin Popielarz, brings his culinary ideas to life. The chef won the Gault&Millau 2017 award for one of the best chefs in Northern Poland.
The magical interior and surprising combinations of flavours further increase the amazing vibe this place has. The restaurant bakery makes the best plum or pumpkin seed bread in the world. The signature dish of the restaurant, not only during Christmas season, is the red borscht (red beet soup) with pickled hibiscus, a surprise in both aroma and flavour. The dessert that got Marcin Popielarz the Gault&Millau reward is the surprising combination of Jerusalem artichoke and fermented black lilac.
All ingredients of dishes, and their structures combine perfectly, creating one, magical harmony. The head chef’s specialty are recipes limited to Pomorskie region, with products delivered only by local suppliers. This guarantees high quality of dishes, which makes this place even more appealing.
Author: Agnieszka Jasińska
Magazyn Slow Life Food & Garden, nr