Get a taste of Poland in Montreal

 

A new restaurant has just opened near Lionel Groulx station and is already on its way of becoming your new go-to place for tasty perogies and overall Polish comfort food. Managed by the people behind l’Orignal under the supervision of Monika Terlecki, Café Baba Yaga serves authentic dishes from Poland such as Latkes (potato pancakes), Schnitzel sandwich, Zurek (sour soup made with rye flour) and the agreeably surprising Zapiekanka,  an open-face sandwich made of half of a baguette topped with sauted mushrooms and cheese, that you can drown in ketchup -Polish, of course-  to enjoy it like they do back in the country.

The first thing that comes to mind as you try one of the dishes on their menu is how the mix of flavors shouldn’t be working so well all together. For a regular palate, hard cooked eggs combined with a sour broth doesn’t sound so appealing at first, but ends up to be one of the most comforting and satisfying simple meal I’ve had in a while. Obviously, I had to try the perogies, which are the stars of Baba Gaya and come in five varieties. First, I had the mushrooms and sauerkraut option (just a little bit too soft), followed by the ones with potatoes and cheese (very tasty). If you want to be a little bit more adventurous, go for the special of a the week aka”the surprise perogies”. The latkes were also delicious, perfectly soft inside and just the right amount of crispy on the outside, served with sour cream and apple sauce (yes the two combined together also works perfectly).

Café Baba Yaga is that kind of restaurant where you go with your friends to enjoy a great meal that won’t hurt your finances just before going out, or alone to eat their tasty pastries while slowly reading a new book.  No matter the reason why you visit, it certainly won’t be your last time.

 

 

  • Café Baba Yaga, 3279 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
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