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Tastes From France and Poland
May 28, 2008   
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Restaurant Gar is the place for fans of Polish and French cuisine. Gar has an international menu designed by Warsaw restaurateur Magda Gessler, but its specialties are Polish and French dishes.

What differentiates Gar from other restaurants is the way in which it serves food-by bringing colorful pots and pans from the kitchen directly to the table. Gar's interior is in neo-Baroque style and offers a taste of courtly elegance with a touch of modernity. White colors, light and crystal chandeliers are the order of the day. The interior design blends well with the character of the building on Jasna Street. Its location makes Gar an ideal destination after a concert at the National Philharmonic, just a few steps away. Gar's starters include pickled herring in linseed oil with white onions (zl.32) and three versions of tartar: Polish, French and vegetarian. Among the salads, the most interesting is the Botanika (zl.26), grilled colorful vegetables served with crisp lettuce and grapefruit. Another salad of note is Romaine lettuce and shallots wrapped in smoked bacon with Caesar dressing (zl.34). It is worth trying Magda Gessler's homemade sausage, which is boiled in caramel bullion and served with pureed potatoes (zl.24) or the oscypek, mountain sheep's cheese, served from the oven with red berries (zl.27). Diners may prefer the goat's cheese quiche with chicory baked in honey (zl.25), or an interesting bowl of "capuccino" soup made from celery (zl.21).

When it comes to main courses, Gar's specialties include French goose cassoulet and lamb, seasoned with turmeric and rosemary and served with beans and thin sausages (zl.58). Also on the menu is beef roulade stuffed with pickled cucumber, bell peppers and mushrooms (zl.56). Magret de Canard, or duck breast, is served with cinnamon plums and water melon (zl.58). Stuffed cabbage leaves (goł±bki), in Gar's version with veal, come straight from the pot as they do in many Polish homes and are served on pureed potatoes and with tomato sauce.

The dessert menu offers creme bruleé with almonds and orange liqueur (zl.22), a mousse made from mascarpone and Baileys liqueur served with fresh raspberries (zl.24), and a wide selection of French cheeses (zl.36).

Magdalena Kuszewska

The Gar restaurant is located at 10 Jasna St., tel. (22) 828 26 05.
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