Shipudei Berek, Śródmieście Północne, Warsaw
I end up doing mostly solo dining on my weekend escapades. But I’ve never been quite so overwhelmed, as I did with the sheer volume of food offered at Shipudei Berek. It’s rather well rated here on Zomato Warsaw, so I made it my next port of call for a lunching affair. The reputation precedes it, Shipudei Berek is fantastic eating.
Sometimes in Europe (or should that be all the time) I find getting a table very awkward. A few places might have maitre d but most of the time I think the expectation is that you barge and find a table and seat yourself. Then wait politely for someone to notice you. Anyway, that was the situation at Shipudei Berek too. That’s not so fun.
I thought I’d be responsible and just order a skewer with mezzes for 26zl, and yeah, that was a rather large behemoth amount of food. It tastes fantastic too, luckily. I had a sample of every plate (that’s all I could fit in) and was impressed with the freshness and quality of ingredients in all the sides. There’s just one downer and I’ll get to that in a minute.
Tahini, tzatiki, pickles, salads, beetroot- all your favourite gang members are here and in good form. You also get two pitas which is a meal in itself, which you can fill and arrange to your liking.
So what was the issue? My only qualm was that my chicken arrived way before the sides, and by the time the table was complete, my meat was already cold. I think it would be obvious that one would want to eat all the items in unison and in any situation wouldn’t the cold sides be ready to be delivered first. I couldn’t tell if it was a service cock-up or if this is the norm. Anyway I can still enjoy cold food.
Shipudei Berek is seriously fantastic value and one that deserves to be shared, so I’ll be sure to hit it up with a bit more company next time. And maybe bit a little more precious about the temperature. After Shipudei Berek I did a minor stroll before finding myself in front of something sweet at Odette Tea Room.