Fine Dining is the best way for us to spend birthdays. After all, when if not on your birthday, you can allow yourself a little luxury. This October evening was very special to us as we celebrated Mom’s birthday. So we opted for one of our favorite fine dining restaurants in Silesia, the Isto restaurant (@restauracjaisto) with Chef Patryk Dusza (@chefpatrykdusza) in the lead.
The view from the Isto restaurant to the Spodek.
First we were offered a variety of breads. These included slices of sourdough bread and flatbreads. The breads were served with delicious butter with salt and sensational truffle espuma. 4 eggplants.
Tomato consommé of red tomatoes with olive oil. Beautifully served and very good. Perfect for the autumn mood. 3 eggplants.
Great tartare with goat cheese granita. It was so good that we came for it again a few days after the tasting dinner. Of course I award it the Order of the Happy Eggplant. 5 eggplants.
Sunflower/sheep cheese/black chanterelle
runchy sunflower seeds, soft mushrooms and intense sheep cheese. A perfectly composed risotto, which also delighted me with its beautiful, dark colors, garnished with yarrow and wood sorrel. By all means, a Happy Eggplant badge is due for this offbeat dish. 5 eggplants.
Pike-perch/red pine mushroom/Parmesan
Delicate pike-perch with baked crust accompanied by ravioli with truffle and fried the red pine mushrooms. The whole dish was complemented by a cheese sauce. Of course, the Order of the Happy Eggplant is well deserved for this wonderful composition and perfect preparation.. 5 eggplants.
Our friend, who does not like fish, got duck instead of pike-perch for the first main course. It was duck with Kaszanka in panco with addition of ash. Topped with a thinly sliced apple and also a cheese sauce. 3 eggplants.
For the second main course, we were served a classic combination that did not disappoint. Sensational bacon! Served with potato pudding, demi-glace sauce, onion and pickled cucumber. The next Order of the Happy Eggplant for a brilliant dish goes to Isto. 5 eggplants.
Predesser. Chocolate ice cream with dried chocolate and raspberries. 3 eggplants.
Excellent puff. This was the second time we had the pleasure of eating choux au craquelin at Isto and I’m slowly getting addicted to them because they are just delicious. This one was served with red cabbage ice cream, which I have to say, was one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had. They enter the pantheon of the best ice creams along with the rose ice cream from Prologue restaurant which you can read about here. Of course, both the puff and the ice cream deserve the Order. 5 eggplants.
A shortcrust pastry with a not-too-sweet juniper cream filling.
Divine red cabbage and apple ice cream served over crumbled meringue.
Dinner was at an excellent level and there were no shortage of surprising items, such as ice cream with Mizeria and cabbage. It was also our first time eating black chanterelle, which turned out to be very tasty.
The restaurant staff brought Mom a birthday candle in a puff at the end of dinner, which was very nice. Unfortunately I don’t remember exactly how much this dinner cost, but it was in around PLN 250 per person. The tip was not added to the bill, so we left it on the table.
The evening was completed by a beautiful fountain, which can be admired by the building of NOSPR.
Naturally, Isto Restaurant and Chef Patryk Dusza receive the Happy Eggplant Badge from us for a beautiful dinner and a pleasant evening.
Currently, Isto restaurant remains closed due to Covid pandemic restrictions, but you can order Easter specials there until 31.03.2021, which I have already done and I recommend.
Link to the restaurant Isto
Address: Aleja Roździeńskiego 1A, 40-202 Katowice
Title picture: Sike-perch with ravioli