The Hel Peninsula – the middle of summer. Beautiful beaches, plenty of tourists, and… traffic jams starting as early as Władysławowo. Although Hel is undoubtedly one of the most attractive points on the tourist map of Poland, getting there is often sheer hell.
Fortunately, on the way to the peninsula you can find many places worth staying – not only in the peak season but also out of season. One of such places is Celbowo near Puck, one that every enthusiast of regional cuisine certainly should visit.
The Nordowi Mól Restaurant (meaning “the Northern Place” in Kashubian) owes its name to the location at the northern edge of the Kashubian land, and this is the place that we have the pleasure of visiting today.
From a distance, we can already see that we have come to a place that adheres to local traditions and regionalism. The restaurant’s building was erected in accordance with the 19th century pattern. Around it we can see wooden sculptures, plenty of flowers, and a small pond with a mill wheel. The hosts have also ensured that the youngest guests are catered for – at the rear of the restaurant there is a playground and a mini-zoo.
The interior highlights the spirit of Kashubia even better, and the smiling waitresses wearing folk costumes make us fee welcome. The restaurant comprises three rooms, two of them designed and furnished in the regional style. The dominant colour is green, counterpointed by dark wood and brick. The décor of the third room refers to the closeness of the sea. Called the Privateers’ Room, it is large and full of light, with numerous marine elements. You can see a replica of a galleon, carved sea horses, and replicas of ships. The wooden floor, marine-style lamps, and a fireplace located at the stern of a ship complete the marine atmosphere.
The menu contains Polish dishes with numerous elements of Kashubian cuisine. There are traditional dishes of the region in it, such as mashed potatoes with pork scratchings and fried eggs served with a glass of cold buttermilk, minced meatballs in sauce, chopped pork served hot with onion, and many other local dishes. There are local soups, too – Kashubian Eintopf, goose-based swede soup, or Kashubian duck blood soup. The restaurant is also a suitable place for enthusiasts of Polish pierogi served with various kinds of filling, such as wild boar, goose, or salmon. Every gourmet will certainly spend plenty of time studying the menu before making a decision.
We decided to start with goose fillet tartare and marinated herring. The delicate and finely chopped tartare meat was placed on a composition of onion, pickled cucumber, and marinated chanterelles. The trimmings made a good combination with goose meat, and the crunchy warm roll perfectly complemented the appetizer.
Herring in spicy marinade was a taste counterbalance to the delicate goose tartare. The piquant marinade, with strongly perceptible spice flavours, made a splendid match for the lightly salty herring. The apperizer was also served with a warm roll.
Following the suggestion of the waitress, we ordered roasted goose breast as the main course. The portions were as huge as Kashubian hospitality. Several pieces of goose breast were placed on a bed of cranberry sauce. Tender and juicy in the middle, the went together perfectly with the tart taste of the sauce. The indispensable addition were potatoes with dill and fried red cabbage – simple but well served cuisine.
After the lavish dinner we ordered a portion of dessert. The one that intrigued us was “Kashubian tree cake.” We associated tree cakes with the Eastern borderlands of Poland, so we could not resist tasting the local variety. We received a few pieces of cake decorated in the Kashubian style – colloqially speaking, the rich way. This made us very glad, as the tree cake tasted delicious, even though it was different from those that we had known. Only one small detail was puzzling: the lack of knots, which both trees and tree cakes have…
After such a lavish dinner, we set off for Hel, hoping that we would avoid trafifc jams this time and that the journey to the peninsula would be no less pleasant than the time spent in the Kashubian restaurant.
Celbowo 27 A, Puck
phone,: +48 58 673 20 02