Cafe Polonia – Polish Comfort

611 Dorchester Ave. South Boston, MA 02127

www.cafepolonia.com (617) 269-0110

*On Dorchester Ave, a block south of the Andrew T station

Seth & Ren, +2 guests

  • –Drinks–
  • Black Currant juice
  • Zywiec beer
  • Zywiec Porter
  • Sauvignon Blanc 
  • –Plates–
  • Bacon wrapped sea scallops
  • Smoked Salmon with Russian caviar
  • Breast of Duck w/ asparagus, potato medallions and cranberry sauce
  • Pierogi (half with blended meat, half potato and cheese) fried w/ caramelized onions
  • Pierogi (potato and cheese) fried w/ sour cream
  • Polish plate w/ Hunter’s stew, 3 pierogis, stuffed cabbage and grilled keilbasa
  • –Dessert–
  • Chocolate Babka cake filled with melted chocolate
  • $111.28 w/ tax ($20 in Drinks)

Ave Price/Person: $15-20 w/ Drinks: $20-25

Seth: A place Ren had been before and a cuisine we haven’t put here on this blog was enough to get us over to South Boston for some comfort style Polish food. We walked in to a small welcoming family owned looking place and were sat at some nice raw wood style bench tables. We took a look at the menu and John and I started with some Polish beers. For appetizers we got the smoked salmon with russian caviar that was really nice and some bacon wrapped scallops that I think had more bacon than scallop (though I wasn’t complaining). The bread we got before those came with a bacon fat spread that for any pork lover out there was a dream. For entrees, Makeda and John got the pierogis that I thought, from the bites I had were pretty nice. The caramelized onions added a little something. Ren had that duck that was done well but not outstanding. I was happiest with my own plate which was something of a sampler. It came with stuffed cabbage that had a nice creamy sauce on it, a few of my own pierogis and that grilled keilbasa that was phenomenal. I was completely full after, but we couldn’t very well leave without trying a dessert. We ordered on Chocolate Babka cake to split that was exceptionally rich. I think the girls had a bit more of it. The service was pretty average over all but I liked the atmosphere of the place. I would probably come back here again for that keilbasa and maybe to try out a few more of the traditional dishes. My favorite thing: The grilled keilbasa.

Ren: Best suited as a cold weather destination the hearty Polish fare from Café Polonia tempted us with promises of bacon butter and delicious perogies. I have been to this restaurant once before and found the food good enough to return with my brother and or significant others in tow for a review. The waiter immediately brought us bread with bacon butter: a promising start. We then ordered a round of drinks. I picked a Sauvignon Blanc which to my dismay the waiter replied with ‘which one was that’? (There only about eight wines on the menu). It seems to me with such a small selection he would at least know the types of wines, though to be fair I am sure they sell mostly beer here. We paired our round of drinks with an order of bacon wrapped scallops and salmon with caviar. I loved the scallops, with its crispy bacon shell, really how could you go wrong? The salmon and caviar were a little salty for me but my dining mates seemed to heartily enjoy the dish. For my entrée I chose the duck breast with asparagus, cranberry sauce, beets, and homemade thick cut potatoes chips. The chips were a little plain and the rest of the dish was fairly good tasting with no particular flair or stand out flavors. Our significant others ordered pierogis which were delicious. I was surprised by how sweet the cheese pierogis which were almost dessert like in flavor. If you  tend towards the savory I definitely suggest getting  meat or adding potatoes to the them. My Brother ordered a sampler dish which consisted of one of the most delicious items Café Polonia serves: kielbasa! Next time I go I will order this as my main dish and perhaps even the kielbasa appetizer which I recalled later was one of the more delicious experiences of my previous visit.  We finished the meal with their molten chocolate cake which even though I don’t have much of a sweet tooth was delicious and is a must for the end of any experience at this restaurant. My favorite thing: the kielbasa: to bad I only had a bite.

Food: Seth 7.5 Ren 7 Food Average: 7.25 Kielbasa stood out. The pierogis were pretty good. Most everything was average. Don’t get us wrong; we enjoyed the food but no real standouts

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 8 Cute little place. Copper pots on the walls and raw wood chairs. Feels like it could almost be some Polish mother’s kitchen.

Service: Seth 7 Ren 6.5 Our server meant well, but made a few mistakes including with our food and wasn’t sure what Ren meant when she said she wanted a Sauvignon Blanc!? Good attitude and was trying.

Total Average: 7.333 It’s the only Polish place I know of and I would recommend it. A good average cute place that’s worth a visit.

One bad thing: Perhaps the missteps with our pierogis. Makeda wanted the fried potato and cheese ones and she got the boiled cheese only ones first. Our server fixed it pretty quick though

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