Nestled between a church and an army recruitment centre, the restaurant in the Polish White Eagle Club is an unusual spot. Wind your way through the bar of the dilapidated club and you’ll reach a dark dining room that resembles a church recreation room: all metal chairs, paper tablecloths and napkins, mirrors and sponge-painted walls. Popular with elderly Poles, seemingly thrilled to be enjoying traditional food with friends, this place is, indeed, a club. Polish is the preferred language; the fact that still water rather than sparkling was brought to our table was probably due to linguistic misunderstanding. Abrupt service and aesthetics aside, this is a fun way to enjoy hearty and determinedly traditional food. Sour soup was appropriately tangy, served in a bread bowl filled with boiled eggs, kielbasa and carrots that lent a subtle sweetness. Pierogi filled with mushrooms and sauerkraut were adorned with the merest hint of butter, looking somewhat forlorn without the addition of fried onions or bacon bits. Nevertheless, for its unfussy cooking, generous portions and low prices, the White Eagle warrants a visit.
|Venue name:||Polish White Eagle Club||Contact:|
211 Balham High Road
|Opening hours:||Bar Open 6-11pm Mon-Thur; 6pm-2am Fri; noon-2am Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Thur; 6-11pm Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Tooting Bec tube/Balham tube/rail/49, 155, 181, 319 bus|
|Price:||Main courses £6-95-£11.95. Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £7 2 courses. Set dinner £9.90 2 courses.|
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