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Genuine Jewish Cuisine
October 29, 2010   
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Shlomo’s, a new kosher restaurant and bar in a modern office building at 2 Bagno St., boasts that it is the only restaurant in Poland to serve genuine Jewish cuisine. The eatery defies common but mistaken Polish stereotypes of Jewish, Israeli and kosher cuisine. Apart from Polish-Jewish food, Shlomo’s serves dishes reflecting the traditions of Jewish communities in Morocco and Iran as well as contemporary Israeli cuisine. In keeping with Jewish custom, it is closed from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday.

Kosher cuisine is very healthy. The meat contains no hormones and bread is baked using natural ingredients without chemical additives.

The interior décor at Shlomo’s combines traditional elements—such as a ritual washbasin to wash your hands before a meal—and modern design, for example, Europe’s only bar shaped like the Star of David. The restaurant has a huge photograph of hats worn by Orthodox Jews.

“Shlomo’s is the only restaurant in Poland to serve genuine Jewish cuisine, the oldest fusion cuisine in the world,” said £ukasz Stanicki, the manager. “For thousands of years, Jews have been combining flavors from different countries and you can find the results of their work at Shlomo’s. One of our dishes is probably the oldest recipe served in Poland, as it dates back 5,000 years.”

The broad menu includes humus, falafel, beef in red wine with cinnamon, trout on a stick prepared according to a 3,000-year-old recipe, kugel with raisins and apples, and pineapple carpaccio.

At Shlomo’s, every ingredient is carefully inspected by a qualified Jewish Mashgiach, an expert in kosher cuisine. He knows which products are kosher and which have to be discarded. An expert like that has to be Jewish and observe the rules of the Torah. Training as a Mashgiach can take 10 years. Only Mashgiachs have the right to open refrigerators and turn on all other kitchen appliances in the morning. After a restaurant closes, the Mashgiach seals every product to make sure nobody touches it until the following day.

“The opening of Shlomo’s is a big event for the Jewish community in Poland and worldwide,” said Rabbi Shalom Ber Stambler, the leader of the Chabad Lubawicz Polska community and the Mashgiach at Shlomo’s. “Jews who live in Warsaw and visitors to our city have a choice now that there is a restaurant serving genuine kosher food. This is the first such restaurant in Warsaw.”

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