It took a Spotter from Tel Aviv to point out to me that in the last year more vegan places have opened in Warsaw than anywhere else in Europe.
I’d heard about Lokal Vegan Bistro many times, but as it’s next door to Uki Uki, I always opted for the latter to satisfy my Japanese cravings. But as my guest was vegan, I decided to finally try the famous Bistro. And it was worth it!
What I really like about this place is that it recreates the atmosphere of a classical Polish milk bar, but instead of pork you have tempeh, and instead of herring you have tofu. My favourite dish is “schabowy”, which in meaty version is a pork cutlet with potatoes and cucumber and cream salad. Here you don’t have any trace of meat nor of the cream, but the taste is so similar! So it’s a great option for vegans to try Polish cuisine (which is basically focused around meat). And just recently they have started to serve a real Polish “kielbasa” (meaning: sausage) made from seitan. It comes with buns, ketchup, and fried onions.
Like in a milk bar, you order at the counter, and get a number. Pay attention to the screaming from the kitchen. It’s self service, you have to pick up your meal on your own. It has one more trait in common with milk bars, it’s cheap.
It’s not the most spacious place in the world, it can get quite crowded.