In the grand dining room of the Polish Hearth Club, diners enjoy lightly modernised Polish cuisine under the watchful eye of portraits of revered sons -- and daughters -- of the old country. The clientele is a relaxed mix of faithful diners who have been coming here since it opened in 1943 and a much younger, even studenty, crowd. The menu changes quarterly. Recent favourites include barszcz czerwony, or beetroot soup, and lamb shashlick in tomato and tarragon sauce. Beware the vodka list, with its sixteen devilish potions. Very nice, succinct wine list for the faint of heart. Try for a terrace table for balmy days.
Full a la carte
Herring with sour cream or oil
Roasted smoked salmon & asparagus salad
Scallops in basil and white wine sauce
Pork chops in breadcrumbs with spring cabbage
Fillet of beef with caramelised shallots and potatoes
Grilled lemon sole in capers and almond sauce
Pear and almond tart with vanilla chantilly
Pancake with sweet cheese, apple or jam
Creme Brulee with Grand Marnier
55 Prince’s Gate, Exhibition Road, SW7 2PN
£25 to £34
7 days a week 12.00-3.00pm and 6.30-11.00pm. Closed Bank Holidays.