Bar Ola was shown to me by my friend Piotrek, the owner of To Się Wytnie. He took me there because of two things. One – the bar has the same name as me, two – they have the best hamburgers in the town. “Not burgers, like hipsters, HAMBURGERS, like in the ’90s”, he said.
Bar Ola is one of the metal barracks at Starzyńskiego roundabout. This area is probably one of the last places like this in Warsaw. In the 90’s this kind of “architecture” was very common, even in the centre and other representative places of the city. The most typical food there was Polish “zapiekankas” (baguette with mushrooms and cheese) and the Polish interpretation of American hot-dogs and hamburgers.
Hamburgers at bar Ola taste exactly the same as the hamburgers from my childhood. I cross the door and feel like I’m in a time machine, I’m there again – in the ’90s. Some men spend all day playing on the machines and the lady prepares my burger with a cigarette in her hand. “I love it, we must travel here more often” – I say. “Travel? It’s just 20 minutes on foot from your place” – Piotrek is surprised. “More like 20 years from there, I would say” – I laugh.