A traditional Polish experience at Kurna Chata

Published: Thursday 16th March 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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If you’re hungry and looking for a wide range of options to fill your belly, head down to Newland Avenue in Hull.

This week I visited Kurna Chata, a traditional Polish diner located at the busiest part of the street. The combination is a relaxed atmosphere with a happy hustle and bustle just outside the window.

The first thing you notice when entering Kurna Chata is the wood effect. From the floor and wall panels to the sturdy furniture and decorations, it exudes a homey atmosphere that’s incredibly welcoming.

A warm greeting was offered along with a menu (also on a wooden board). Everything served is authentic Polish cuisine, with chefs from the old country whipping up all kinds of dishes each day.

The menu has the Polish name of each meal alongside an English description, making ordering easy for everyone.

For a starter I was tempted by the roasted potatoes drizzled with garlic butter and served with a pot of soured cream. However, not wanting to fill up too early, I instead went for the clear beetroot soup, AKA borscht.

Now, I’ve never been a fan of beetroot, so this was quite adventurous for me. Luckily it was delicious and seemed more like a hot, flavoursome juice than a soup. It was served in a large mug, perfect for sipping whilst watching the world go by.

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Next up I satisfied my hunger with the goulash (or gulasz). This is a homemade recipe with diced pork loin that’s slowly cooked in gravy. I had it with potatoes, but there’s also the options of rice and buckwheat.

A lot of people don’t like pork because it can be very fatty, but this meal used very lean meat that soaked up the gravy nicely.

It was also a very generous portion, with shredded cabbage, coleslaw and peas on the side. This was washed down with a satisfying pilsner from Hoppy Barrel Brewery.

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Wanting the full dining experience, I then indulged in a dessert. This was the hardest to choose, as the menu presented a range of crepes. After much umming and ahhing I went for warm apple chunks as a filling.

I’ve eaten my fair share of crepes and I’m pretty sure this was my favourite so far. The batter was cooked to perfection – soft, fluffy and warm with just the slightest hint of crispiness at the edges.

The apple chunks were delicious and spread evenly throughout the centre, going perfectly with dollops of cream, two grapes and drizzles of sweet sauce.

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All of this was served in very good time and by smiling staff. Plus at just £15 for a three-course meal and a beer, it really is excellent value.

If you haven’t tried Polish food before, it’s actually quite similar to British in many ways. They use a lot of root vegetables to create a hearty meal that really fills you up, plus their gravy would make grandma proud.

Kurna Chata can be found at 103 Newland Avenue, directly opposite the Sainsbury’s Local. If you want to see what’s available before you visit, you can view the menu online.

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Published: Thursday 16th March 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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