Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kebabs and Milk Bars

As some of you already know, I’m in Poland for a month or so. Not sure how long I will stay. The idea is to get all my paperwork sorted out as soon as possible and return to Japan.

In the meantime, I am prancing around Trójmiasto (literally: Tricity - Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia on the Baltic coast), working (how did we ever manage to survive in the days before the internet?), investigating shoe stores and kebab joints. Because, hey, a girl’s gotta eat. And shoes? You can never have enough shoes… Trust me, I know.

The other day I was lead to Alanya, which supposedly had the best kebab (or “kebap” as it says on their sign) in Gdansk. The rumor was true, it was indeed good.

Alanya kebab

Alanya may not a Turkish crew working behind the counter, but the meat is good, the flatbread fresh, and the baklava - as sickeningly sweet as it should be. The place very blasphemously offers its customers plastic forks and paper plates. And just for that alone I’m going to be a faithful fan. As much as I love good kebab, I love even more those places that understand that sometimes getting garlic sauce all over your brand new suit is not a good idea.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for authenticity, but if you’re not going to give me a paper plate and a plastic fork, then at least have the decency of providing me with a wet wipe, OK? This is something that a lot of “real” Turkish kebab joints in Trojmiasto still need to learn. Because right now they’re losing customers. What can I say? Some people would rather stay clean and eat at McDonald’s. Or at Neptun’s.

Yes, I finally managed to find the famous Neptun Bar Mleczny (Neptun Milk Bar) on Dluga Street. Last year during my weekend in Poland I briefly tried looking for it but evidently was too high on pickles and red beet salad to notice I was walking back and forth in front of the bloody place the whole time.

Neptun bar

While I haven’t tried anything on the menu yet (too stuffed on kebab meat), at least now I know where it is and can visit anytime I want. And lo and behold, the place even has a webpage. (Yes indeed, how did we ever manage to survive in the days before the internet?)

NOM NOM NOM, as the Lolcats say…

PS. Update.

I tried the chow at Bar Mleczny Neptun, and really, can't recommend the place at all. Vile, tasteless and overpriced. You can totally find better food elsewhere, and for a lot less money. So don't believe all the hype and advertising. The place is so not worth it.

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