Restaurant Review – Barbakan, Walmgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9TL

Hi guys,

Another restaurant review for you guys. This is for one of my favourite restaurants in York which serves Polish food. I’ve only ever gone in Winter where it’s just pure comfort food – eating there is like having a big warm hug. Though maybe I should check out how their Summer menu fares in the next few weeks…

The restaurant is independently owned. I’m not sure how long it’s been open but it’s been there since around 2008 at least anyway. The restaurant itself is quite small – it only has room for around 30 covers or so. Booking is pretty much essential as they can get quite busy. I love the decor – it’s quite quirky with signs and little statues and paintings everywhere. Also because it is so small, the atmosphere is quite cosy; rather like you’ve gone to a friend’s house for dinner.

I actually went in November 2014 with my sister, OH and a friend but typically selfish of me, I only took photos of my food! There is always one starter that I always get – pierogi. Always with potato and cheese, not the beef and it’s served with crispy bacon lardons, a little salad and sour cream. This dish alone is worth however many propoints, syns, calories… It is just the most delicious thing I’ve eaten without being too heavy and rich. It’s perfectly golden brown and crisp and fluffy and cheesy on the inside. Yum.

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For my main, I got the ham shank. Oh my god, it is the perfect winter dish. Unfortunately, the portion was so humongous that I only managed to eat around half and I couldn’t take it home! The ham had a crisp skin and salty yet moist meat and there was a lovely broth made from ale on the bottom with some slow roasted carrots and onions. I only ate a small part of the skin but it was just divine. Like crackling but less likely to break your teeth. It had a slightly goo-ey texture to it underneath and just so delicious. Honestly, I can’t find the words to describe how gorgeous it is and perfect to counteract the freezing evening we decided to turn up.

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Other dishes: I believe OH had a rice stuffed pepper to start and chicken skewers with mediterranean veggies which he confirmed was really nice and very moist chicken. Our friend had the courgette fritters and a ham shank and my sister had scallops to start and a Gressingham duck breast shredded with apple and some gnocchi-style dumplings.

Every time we’ve been here, it’s more than lived up to expectations. I think we’ve visited around 4 times now and the repeat dishes are just as good as we remembered with new ones being just as tasty, if not more. I would definitely recommend to anyone, whether you’ve had Polish food or not – the quality and taste is just well worth it. Prices are not too extortionate either with starters between £4.25 and £7.50 and mains priced between £8.79 and £16.75. There are also special boards and during the day it does breakfast and is a cafe/deli with some delicious looking cakes (which my Mum has insisted taste just as good as they look). I also have to mention that the staff there are so friendly and are more than happy to help with any problem or question you might have. I have to say they go above and beyond.

Food 5/5, Service 5/5, Atmosphere 5/5

Opening times: Mon – Sat 9am-3pm, Tues – Sat 6-10pm, Sunday 10am-10pm

Until next time.. x