West London’s Polish community is well served by restaurants purveying hearty soul food at reasonable prices, with Knaypa being a prime example. The popular steak tartare is an implausibly large plateful for a starter, and the sharing platters are ample for a family group, let alone a couple. Groups of any size are readily accommodated in two rooms of dramatic contrast. The ground-floor space has dark walls and tables, subdued lighting and bright red chairs (echoed by the rococo red frames of risqué posters). Downstairs takes you into a Silesian inn, with antlers replacing posters, and food served on wooden platters.
Individual dishes proved more accomplished than the sharing platter. Krokiet (rolled, fried pancakes filled with tender sauerkraut and wild mushrooms) was a delightfully light and crisp first course, accompanied by a cupful of well-executed borscht; in the platter, advance cooking had rendered them leaden, and a smoked sheep’s cheese was leathery. Traditional apple cake made a sound and filling dessert, though the mandarin segment garnishes seemed anachronistic. To finish, a glass of iced krupnik on the house was the kind of touch that ensures Knaypa’s popularity.
268 King Street
|Opening hours:||Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10.30pm Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Hammersmith tube|
|Price:||Main courses £10-£15|
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Average User Rating
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Clearly the person below me went to a different restaurant!! The restaurant is divided into two restaurants, the upstairs 'Knaypa' is where we were. The decor and the small size of the place made it feel very intimate. The music ranged from popular older songs to traditional to modern which added to the atmosphere. We were served by Lukasz who was very nice. We ordered the house wine which was a very nice Spanish red which certainly complemented our meal. Two of our party started off with Zurek (a traditional Polish soup presented in a cut out bread that had an egg and pieces of ham in it- THIS IS A MUST); another had steak tartare- thoroughly enjoyable; we also had the home-made smalec (lard with mushrooms) which was really very nice. Our mains consisted of spinach pierogi; pork schnitzel (which was huge); a traditional beef dish; and chicken breast with vegetables- all big portions well worth the price. Most of us couldn't hack dessert but for those that did it was a Polish apple pie, finely presented with nice tones of cinnamon. Overall it is a very nice place to go to. It's a bit on the pricey side so I wouldn't go there every week but for a special occasions or to introduce your friends\colleagues to Polish cuisine The Knaypa is a MUST!!
Visiting the restaurant for my friends birthday last night. There were 15 of us. Food was nothing special, very overpriced for what it was. Service was slow and the waitress was extremely rude. Talking and insulting us in Polish!!! We tried to contact the manager by telephone who didnt speak English and then hung up. We brought our own birthday cake and asked if we could have it at the end of the meal, they had the cheek to try and charge us £30 for this 'privelige'. Unbelievable. Obviously we refused. On the whole a very dissapointing birthday meal. Would never return or recommend this restaurant to anyone!!!