THE POD ŁOSOSIEM
If we want to take a real lesson in Gdańsk flavours and history, we should immediately direct our steps to ul. Szeroka, to the ‘Pod Łososiem’ Restaurant. Operating since the sixteenth century, the restaurant is a flagship venue on the culinary map of Gdańsk. In 1598 Dutchman Ambrose Vermollen founded an alcohol manufactory here, which was called ‘Der Lachs’, i.e. Salmon (Łosoś). ‘Goldwasser’, spicy vodka with swirling flakes of 22-carat gold, was the most famous of all beverages produced here. Today, in addition to the flagship glass of Goldwasser, you can taste here a dish that has made this place unique for years, i.e. salmon with 24-carat gold in the lime sauce. The menu in this restaurant unveils traditional Polish cuisine at its best – butter-fried saffron milk caps, fish soup made of salmon, pike perch and crayfish tails or veal shank with potato dumplings (‘kopytka’) are just some of the proposals.
The interiors are full of antique furniture and accessories referring to the eighteenth century and the Rococo hall, which welcomes all restaurant guests, makes enormous impression. The restaurant boasts a galaxy of great people who have visited this venue, many of whom were presidents of Poland and heads of other states, including Pope John Paul II.