On the occasion of our stay in Tri-City on the Fine Dining Tour we decided to try the tasting menu at the Biały Królik restaurant for the second time. With Rafał Koziorzemski (@rafalchef__smakmiasta) as a Chef and Marcin Popielarz (@popek_52) as a Chef Patron.
You can read our impressions from the first visit in this article.
We have traditionally come to the place over an hour too early, so we managed to take a walk in the nicely maintained park around the Quadrille Hotel, where the Biały Królik restaurant is located, and drink something at the hotel’s Pub 10/6. Charming and pleasant Pub, where references to Alice in Wonderland are even stronger than in the restaurant.
We chose the tasting menu Follow the White Rabbit, although the Vegan tasting menu also tempted us very much. So we decided to try one of the dishes from the vegan menu, which we were most interested in.
Bread with apple and cinnamon/ wheat-rye bread with black cumin/rye bread with cereal coffee with poppy seeds/Flatbread with wild garlic/chives butter/caramel butter/rapeseed oil
As before we got beautifully served different types of bread, two types of butter and rapeseed oil. 4 eggplants.
Slices of bread with rapeseed oil in the middle.
Goose feather with seaberry
Slightly scary amuse-bouche, because I always resist eating something that touches feathers or claws. Nevertheless, it was very tasty. It was a goose leg in tempura, and a smoked “Półgęsek” and seaberry gel. 4 eggplants.
Lovely amuse-bouche. It was goose lard with the addition of snail, roasted garlic puree and parsley powder. 5 eggplants.
Salted Baltic cod brandade with compressed cucumber and dill
Great appetizer. Fluffy cream of cod with the addition of mascarpone and creme fraiche. Plus, crispy potato chips and refreshing, intense cucumber. The herbal taste was added by anise dill. For this perfectly composed appetizer, we award the Happy Eggplant Badge. 5 eggplants.
Cured Kashubian duck breast with smoked pork cracklings and fried yolk
Fantastic tartare. The box in the upper part had additions to the tartare and the tartare itself on a piece of paper lay in the lower part filled with smoke. I love smoked tartars and this one was perfect. The duck breast was previously salted and smoked. In addition, there were chips made of pig skin, mustard and dogwood caviar, a panco egg on king oyster mushroom, lovage moss with lovage mayonnaise and pickled mushrooms. Amazing! Of course, this dish deserves an eggplant badge! 5 eggplants.
Summer tomato soup with lovage, sour cream and smoked pike
The clear soup got its tomatoiness by mixing with homemade ketchup on the plate. The pike terrine was a tasty smoky touch. 3 eggplants.
The soup is mixed with ketchup.
Vegan bread consomme with white nettle and turnip pasta
This is our vegan dish that we asked for. I was very curious about this soup. And my curiosity paid off. A great broth with an unusual taste, very original. Enriched with lovage oil and roasted linseed. 4 eggplants.
After deconstruction, turnip noodles and beautifully cut colorful and crispy vegetable leaves appeared.
Intermezzo. Delicious knotweed sorbet with hare sorrel. 4 eggplants.
Steamed seabass with spinach, asparagus and butter sauce
The main course looked beautifully decorated with Echium flowers. The perch was tender and juicy. As an addition, puree of spinach and grilled asparagus with leek were served. Unfortunately, the saltiness of this dish overshadowed to us the rest of flavors. 2 eggplants.
Chocolate cake with cherries and rosemery
The tasting menu originally had cheesecake but we asked for a replacement from the vegan menu due to fact that we do not feel well after a large number of dairy products. The dessert consisted of chocolate mousse, a chocolate chips and a chocolate bar with sunken raisins and crisps. In addition, as a breakthrough in chocolateiness, raspberry foam frozen in liquid nitrogen and cherries in cognac were added. 4 eggplants.
Coconut biscuit/young spruce with roasted malt/nougat with marigold and sweetscented bedstraw
Petits Fours worthy of Alice in Wonderland. The cream lollipop with spruce syrup and spruce jelly was delightful. The coconut biscuit decorated with golden paint was delicious as well. Nougat was traditionally too sweet for me, but my husband was very pleased. 4 eggplants.
In November, the Biały Królik restaurant delighted us and now it delighted us even more. Interesting herbs that cannot be tasted anywhere else, laborious, carefully prepared dishes, that impress with their appearance and a very nice, relaxing atmosphere.
We would most willingly order as a first-course tasting menu “Follow the White Rabbit” and for a second-course the vegan menu.
We exchanged a few words with Chef Rafał Koziorzemski at the end of the dinner. It was a great pleasure to meet Chef personally. In May I took part in the Webinar organized by @roslinniejemy with Chef Rafał. He talked about the usage of herbs in the kitchen and about Fine Dining in a vegan version. A very interesting webinar. We also support plant-based cuisine, especially vegan Fine Dining, and we are glad that more and more Chefs, like Chef Rafał, are interested in this topic.
We hope to be able to take part in the plant-based tasting dinner soon, which will take place at @dworeknewrestaurant on October 22nd. This vegan menu is to be prepared jointly by Chef Rafał Koziorzemski and Chef Wojciech Korfel (@wojciechkorfel) from the Prologue restaurant, where we were a few days after our July visit at the Biały Królik and here you can read how delicious it was. We are looking forward to this evening.
Naturally, we uphold our Happy Eggplant Badge for the Biały Królik restaurant.
A few more words about prices. The tasting menu “Follow the White Rabbit” cost us PLN 270 per person. The service has not been added to the bill.
The Biały Królik restaurant receives: 243/250!
Link to the restaurant Biały Królik
Address: ul. Folwarczna 2, 81-547 Gdynia, Poland
The tasting date: 09.07.2020
Title picture: Snail lard