With its candlelit interior – smart in a retro 1980s way – and its marvellous flavoured vodkas, Tatra has proved a popular bolt-hole for Polish expats and west London locals. However, good service and consistency in the kitchen are key for neighbourhood restaurants, and recent reports have been critical of both. Service on our last visit verged on the chaotic.
A lone waitress seemed rushed off her feet while an éminence grise fussed around the bar, ignoring attempts to catch her eye. After an hour the waitress admitted our order was lost. Apparently there was no manager to deal with complaints; we’d better just start all over again: a cursory apology and no offer even of a compensatory drink. Quick-to-prepare starters seemed the best option: yeasty, pleasantly puffy blinis with smoked salmon, vibrant roasted beetroot, mushroom caviar and a slightly over-pickled herring. A dull side salad (no better than one from a supermarket packet) was unreasonably small.
No complaints, though, about gently fried mushroom and sauerkraut-stuffed pierogis with just the right combination of caramelised crunchiness and silky-soft pasta-like dough. Eventually a manager showed up to apologise with a complimentary dessert and delicious frozen pear vodka, but it was too little too late.
24 Goldhawk Road
|Opening hours:||Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Thur; 6-11pm Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Goldhawk Road|
|Price:||Main courses £9.70-£15.90|
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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
The interior was nice but there was no ambience, the lone waitress was rushing around having an attention span of a hamster. Food was OK but nothing spectacular, dessert was disappointing. There is plenty of Polish restaurants that are much cheaper, nicer and with better food and service.
The food was amazing. I dont know if it is authentic Polish, but it was so tasty and well-presented (without being the ridicoulous size of modern cuisine). We absolutely loved the 3 courses begining to end (and the vodka!) However, it has a big BUT. the service from the only waitress for the whole restaurant was awful. The owner/chef Robert Kusy had to come to attend us because she wouldn't serve us for a long time, didn't answer any questions, forgot about us, wouldnt even bring the bill (and we werent the only ones complaining about the lack of attention). And by the way, dont bother booking because they never pick up the phone and she wouldnt finbd our online booking. Such a shame, because we really loved the place and the food, and Robert was really attentive, and he even adapted one of the dishes to fit my gluten-free diet. We will definitely give it another go and we hope that they have a bit more staff. Mixed feelings.
Firstly I must mention to you that my I am not the kind of writing rewievs person but this time I felt i had to... We've been at Tatra a few days ago to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. The service and wine were fine but food was disappointing. I spent 2 months in Gdansk (Poland) last summer and I was so excited to try polish food again, but if you're looking for a genuine Pierogi or Bigos this ain't it! Everything we ordered was salty or tasteless. Pierogi and Russian Pierogi were too greasy. Bigos - hunter's stew was old, salty and hardly see a meat. My boyfriend ordered a Duck and it was too dry and tasteless. I wish we had spend 60 pounds in place with fresh and tasty polish food. I recommend that you choose one of the alternatives, as they are plenty of them!
I loved the food here - proves that the taste of home can also look amazing! I had the pierogi, which were great, and my wife had the potato pancakes. She has really high standards, and thought they were fantastic. Do try the vodkas, too, even if you think you don't like vodka! The great thing about flavoured vodkas is that you can't taste the strength! I recommend the cherry, a real classic.
Also encouraged by the reviews I picked this pre-gig at O2. We had a fabulous meal of beautifully presented and expertly cooked food. 3 starters between two because we couldn't choose, then goulash and a kiev for main, with a zesty Georgian wine. I will definitely be back and would even head across London to go here and probably will! Superb stuff.
Encouraged by the excellent reviews, I had chosen Tatra to introduce friends to Polish cuisine. And what a disappointment! Despite reservation 3 weeks in advance, the table wasn’t ready for us, we had to wait for another party to leave. Other then that the service was good. The only dish that was actually fresh was the herring salad and crumble on the apple and rhubarb crumble. Everything else was definitely prepared in advanced, frozen and reheated – including pierogi! In both duck and pork shrank, meat was very dry and very unpleasant to eat. Dumplings accompanying the duck were burned to the point that they were not edible. Seriously - nothing was fresh there (not even the cabbage side dishes!) – not tasty, really not nice to eat; in fact we haven’t finished the main courses. Cream brule and crumble were OK, however cheesecake clearly wasn’t as both portions went back to the kitchen only half eaten. This was an important dinner for me and I deeply regret choosing Tatra. Perhaps the food was nice and fresh there in the past – not anymore! Very, very poor quality of food.
The food was excellent. the staff were attentive & friendly and the service was discreet. The food has a polish touch . It does attract many Polish which is always a good sign. The chicken kiev was excellent and the Pierogi were mouthwatering. The wine list is good. The vodka and dessert selection is excellent.