On a summer day in August we went for a romantic dinner in Cracow. It was so beautiful. Sunshine, warmth and open restaurants.
Below is a picture of the Wawel Cathedral.
For the tasting menu we went to Copernicus restaurant ( @copernicusrestauracjakrakow), where the Chef is Marcin Filipkiewicz (@mfilipkiewicz). This restaurant has a recommendation (Plate) from Michelin Guide (@michelinguide), and Gault & Millau (@gaultmillaupolska) recommendation.
We decided on the Chef’s 9 course tasting menu. There was also a choice of 5 and 7 course menus.
Young beetroot consommé/ yoghurt and lemon ice cream/ salmon
The dinner began traditionally with an amuse-bouche. 3 eggplants.
Next we were brought baked goods. There were small obwarzanek krakowski, focaccia, bread and matzo. To this we were given various additions: white bean lard with seeds, dried tomato and dried plum jam, and butter with parsley oil. 4 eggplants.
Salad with green and red tomatoes and wholemeal crunchy
Tomato bavarese served with tomato chunks and lettuce. Wholemeal crust made an appearance here as a crunchy accompaniment. 4 eggplants.
Baked cauliflower with lemon hummus
The perfect, slightly nutty taste of roasted cauliflower went beautifully with the lemon hummus. The pine nuts emphasized this nuttiness even more. I gladly award this appetizer the Order of the Happy Eggplant. 5 eggplants.
Jurassic salmon with Łąckie apple and wasabi
Tender salmon accompanied by creme fraiche, wasabi, celery and compressed egg caviar. A tasty combination that definitely deserves the Order of the Happy Eggplant. 5 eggplants.
Foie gras with strawberry chutney
The plate included both foie gras pate and fried foie gras. To contrast the heaviness, strawberry slices and strawberry chutney were added. A very interesting combination. It is a pity that there was so little foie gras. 3 eggplants.
Young onion consommé with Sechna prunes (Suska Sechlońska) and dumplings
Tasty, essential broth with one large dumpling also stuffed with an intense plum filling. 4 eggplants.
Trout from Ojców with green vegetables and mead.
Delicious trout with crispy skin with spinach and honey mousse and grilled spring onions. A great dish to which I also awarded the Order of the Happy Eggplant. 4 eggplants.
A pleasant intermezzo of Mirabelle with mint syrup, chili and lemon sorbet. 3 eggplants.
Lamb in mint sauce with mustard jam and pickled aubergine
Lamb was served for the main course. The meat was tender, falling apart and the side dishes were well composed. 4 eggplants.
Bread ice cream with bread crunch. 3 eggplants.
Vanilla cheesecake with chocolate ice cream and blackcurrant
First dessert. It was cheesecake, served with chocolate ice cream, currant granita and currant sauce. 3 eggplants.
Creamy parfait with raspberries in elderberry flowers consommé
A sensational, light dessert. Sweet, but not too much. With a delicate meringue and fruity notes. Rarely, but nevertheless it happens that a dessert gets the Order of the Happy Eggplant from me and this is exactly the case. 5 eggplants.
That is, the so-called Petit Four which consisted of various pralines and cookies, including cantucci. 3 eggplants.
Before leaving, we had a chance to visit the roof terrace of the restaurant building. The view was gorgeous. We could admire the illuminated Wawel Castle and see how the restaurant room looks from above.
View of the dining room from the terrace.
View of Wawel Castle from the restaurant terrace.
The dinner was wonderful. It suited our taste perfectly. The only thing we could possibly wish for more would be larger portions, but the value for money was still very good.
The service was very good. The gentleman who served us was keen to talk about the details of each dish and created a very friendly atmosphere.
We’re honestly surprised that the restaurant only has a Plate from the Michelin Guide, because we’d happily give it a star for such great food. We can’t give a star, but we can and we give a Happy Eggplant Badge for a great evening and excellent food.
Link to the restaurant Copernicus
Address: Kanonicza 16, Cracow
Title picture: Jurassic salmon