If you miss your Polish granny, or feel life has cheated you by denying you one, repair to Patio with haste. The olde worlde charm – ornate gold-framed mirrors, upright piano, worn red carpet – of the cosy dining room evokes a grandmother’s sitting room. Caring and friendly service and hearty, authentic flavours continue the theme. Tasty brown and white bread comes with butter and smalec (a spread made of rendered pork fat dotted with bits of bacon). The extensive menu and lists of specials cover most Polish comfort food. Red borscht was the perfect starter: a wonderfully rich and vibrant broth with three meaty dumplings. We followed this with classic golabki (cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and meat and flooded with sweet tomato sauce). Enormous platters of roast potatoes, rich spiced shredded beetroot, and radish and corn in mayonnaise, were served on the side. Dessert might seem impossible after this, but is worth the effort. Fresh fruit and divine doughnut-like pieces of sponge coated in coconut (complimentary snacks while you consider afters) could well finish you off. But the brave should follow the waitress’s advice, and plump for coffee, dessert or a soothing vodka.
5 Goldhawk Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-11.30pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Goldhawk Road tube|
|Price:||Main courses £7-£10.50. Set meal £16.50 3 courses incl vodka shot.|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:2
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- 1 star:2
The restaurant feels like you're back at your parents' place, having a real home cooked meal (but it's so so much better than that). The owner and main server are really lovely and warm people, and it's their kindness and exceptional service that keeps me and the twenty odd people I now have hooked on Patio coming back for more time and time again.
The soups are to die for; they use really fresh, Polish ingredients, that are well seasoned yet simple. As mains, the duck and vegetarian pierogies are outstanding. The pierogi dough is thin and buttery, and the stuffing is freshly made. They are scrumptious, mouthwatering, and beautifully cooked. The plum tart/cake is by far the best dessert the Polish have created. Tart, yet sweet, light, even though it has the potential to be stodgy. And a three course meal for £17! Can you get better than that?
It truly is a unique place in the hustle and bustle of London.
Worst experience ever!!! All food dried and overcooked. While having diner, a delivery coming in... Gents have one towel hanging to share... Def not coming back!!
Having just spent the cosiest, most wonderful evening at Patio, I can wholeheartedly reccommend it to anyone looking to explore a new place. Their Polish cuisine is delightful and hearty, more than enough to warm you up on a cold evening. I personally reccommend both the red and white borscht, the pork and the lamb. The highlight for me was the vodka, a delightful selection...(honey is incredible) Overall, the best thing about it was the general ambiance...it felt like being home in your grandparents living room, and topped off with the most wonderful service with a genuine touch, they couldn't have been more friendly. The perfect place to get lost in conversation on a date or with an old friend. Loved it.
We eat here as it looked like a lovely restaurant. I had a beef stroganov, well it was stroganov with a bit of to long cooked beef. When I asked for cream for my dessert the woman looked weired at me and came back with a little can of milk... Potatos and vegetables where served seperetely, but a little plates of both for three persons is to less to get filled from. We had a much better dinner at a little Itialian restaurant a few hundred meters before this polish one, just after the BP station. We had such a nice dinner here for literaly half the price (around 6 pounds for a handmade pizza or pasta) of this polish restaurant and I was so filled of only the main plat that my stomach hurted! Much better option I will suggest to everyone!
I was in no way prepared for the dinner that I was treated to at the Patio restaurant last week. Had I known what was in store, I would have fasted that day in preparation. As it was, I left unsatisfied - I was unable to fit in the massive feast comfortably. Oh, but I wanted to eat more, I just could not. I had the blini and the duck, for the record. Both were unreasonably delicious. The duck flaked off the bone into a rich apricot sauce that caused me to almost lose consciousness in delight. I'm not exaggerating on how good this food is. I went to Dinner by Heston last night and spent £150 and dreamed the whole time of the £15.50 menu at Patio. This is now my favourite restaurant in London, which is dangerous as I live in Shepherd's Bush. When you go (and you will), please check my pulse as I will be sprawled out on the floor, gorged on Polish delicacies.
I think £15.50 for the 3 course set menu makes the food good value. I've paid almost that amount in some lousy pubs for a single plate of some lousy food. Far too many really. I enjoyed the food here, red borscht followed by golbaki with sides of honey beetroot, saute potatoes and an interesting salad. Fresh strawberries and ice cream for afters. I like the atmosphere of the place. It feels a bit like an old dining room. I would have preferred to have had a menu in Polish with English translations rather than essentially an English menu especially as the young lady who was serving had only a meagre grasp of English. I don't like being given bread with no mention of a charge only to find £160 on the bill at the end. This isn't Italy is it? I also didn't enjoy paying £3.60 for a bottle of still water. The service was a bit rushed and there was a feeling of being pushed along. There was no reason to, there was hardly likely to be a 21:30 rush for tables.
great value for money and very generous portions. good atmosphere and friendly service. would most def go here again. don't miss the borscht.