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Come here for proper Polish food, with a modern take, in a regularly heaving and understatedly glamorous Blackfriars venue - and bring along a thirst for vodka.

While Jan Woroniecki’s other London restaurants, Wódka and Chez Kristof, have come and gone, Baltic shines on. It seems pretty recession-proof, regularly heaving with a mixed crowd attracted by the understated glamour of the pared-down monochrome decor punctuated by a supersized chandelier dripping shards of golden amber.

For an intimate date, tables can seem a little too close and noise levels can be distracting, but you’ll struggle to find elsewhere such enjoyable buckwheat blinis topped with smoked salmon, tender herring or juicy mushroom caviar. Alternatively, try a more earthy kaszanka – a haggis-like black sausage on crunchy potato pancake with tart apple. Home-style pleasures abound, such as rabbit braised in a fragrant broth flavoured with sweet prune and smoky bacon, served with little knobbly spaetzle dumplings. A more refined, perfectly moist roast cod on a bed of nutty kasza risotto with mushrooms and spinach is typical of Woroniecki’s modern take on Polish/central European classics.

Wine is quite pricey, so allow yourself to be enticed by the extensive vodka list – all are carefully described. Start with a classy clear vodka like Zytnia (rye), then move on to one of Baltic’s own tasty ginger or spicy orange varieties: heaven in a shot glass.


Venue name: Baltic
Address: 74 Blackfriars Road
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Tues-Sat; noon-4.30pm Sun. Dinner served 5.30pm-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 5.30pm-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Southwark

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Haha hey Lisa i suggest you to buy a map so maybe you will find out why its called Baltic!Great restaurant btw

Dorothy White

My daughter had her wedding at Baltic. It was fantastic! Great service, food was outstanding, warm atmosphere and the spiced pear cocktails delicious. Really worth a visit.


Why's it called Baltic if it's a Polish restaurant? Otherwise great food, nothing to complain about :)


I've been here many times over the past 10 years and I have to say I've never had anything but a great time. The menu's E European but with a very light touch and there doesn't seem to be anywhere else like it in London. Plus I sometimes find placed open so long to kind of rest on their laurels a bit but whenever I go it still feels very fresh.