Gdański Bowke Restaurant. Feel the spirit of old Gdańsk
The port’s menace and a cutthroat, able to hold his liquor and taking it slow on his duties. This is Bowke in a few words. Gdańsk’s historical character who was easy to come across in our port city. You can read all about Bowke in books by such authors as Gunter Grass, or a history passionate Brunon Zwarra. It is this historical character, deeply rooted in the culture of Gdańsk that has been an inspiration for a unique restaurant at Długie Pobrzeże (Long Pier). Welcome to Gdański Bowke Restaurant.
The restaurant has been established in 2012. – Our idea was to create a place that would directly refer to the history and culture of Gdańsk and Pomorskie region, both in culinary terms, but also when it came to the restaurant’s interior – explains Adam Kaleński, restaurant’s owner.
Indeed, the interior of the restaurant immediately takes guests back to the unique atmosphere of old Gdańsk. Here, you will feel like in a port tavern from the Interwar period. Many of the decorative elements are even 100 years old, and therefore present a tremendous sentimental value. There is also a figure of Bowke, this unruly type, with a pipe in one hand, and a shot glass in the other.
Our kitchen is always stocked with unprocessed products. Many elements of our cuisine are made from scratch, such as sauces and dips, pates, or bread. Fresh products are my inspiration. All it takes is to combine several of them, and as a result we get a delicious meal – says Marcin Faliszek, head chef of Gdański Bowke Restaurant.
Fish and meats are purchased from local suppliers. Very often those are small, family businesses from Kashubia. This guarantees highest quality of products.
Any given menu, be it spring-summer or autumn-winter one, has at least several side and fish dishes. These include Baltic herring in tomatoes with nuts, served with chickpeas, a plate of traditional Polish wild boar and boletus pates with a drop of Machandel liqueur, Baltic salmon soup made according to the recipe of Gdańsk fishermen, or baked eisbein in beer served with potato puree with cabbage cooked on smoked meat (one of the restaurant’s culinary hits).
Among desserts you will find the evergreen apple pie, made from handpicked apples, served with ice-cream, or cheese cake mate from cottage cheese, which does not lack nuts and peaches.
Gdański Bowke Restaurant also provides an opportunity to taste the regional Goldwasser vodka, distilled from a mixture of 20 different herbs, which has golden flakes floating in it. What is interesting, it was praised by Russian monarchs, tsar Peter the Great, and tsarina Catherine the Great. The unique flavour of Goldwasser can also be found in pralines that enchant the guests of Bowke.
Machandel liqueur, also known as “Gdańsk’s national beverage”, cannot go unnoticed. The list of alcohol would not be complete without beers from regional breweries, including the natural, unpasteurised beer – Gdański Bowke. It is brewed exclusively for the restaurant by a small, family brewery. You can also choose among wines with Gdański Bowke labels, as well as home-made fruit cordials that change according to the season.
Gdański Bowke also provides an opportunity to enjoy live music. Adam Kaleński says: – We co-operate with a variety of music artists, including bands that offer the so-called “folklore” for foreign tourist groups, as well as vocalists who present jazz or old hits.
It happens very often that lights go out late at night in Gdański Bowke, and guests enjoy themselves listening to music and tasting meals that will remain in their hearts for a long time.
Długie Pobrzeże 11
phone.: +48 58 380 11 11