It’s time to introduce Magda Gessler to you. She is the queen of Warsaw’s gastronomy scene. With experience in design, she not only creates places to remember – with lush flowery, old-fashion atmosphere – but she also creates dishes that are a pure pleasure: both for your eye and for your stomach.
My favourite part of her kingdom is “Słodki…Słony” a tiny place squeezed between a shop with designers’ glasses, and a charming flower boutique. In the window chocolate biscuits, pink meringues, and cakes with raspberries sauce lead us into temptation. Inside, there are small tables – just for two people – and cakes all over the place. Honestly, I have never eaten such delicious desserts. Tete-a-tete on a short crust pastry with caramel and almond-y cloud on a top. Or buns filled with rose, plum, or cherry marmalade. Or crunchy yet fudge-y meringues with pistachios. Or the cake named after Osiecka (famous Polish author of witty and humorous songs’ texts) – bright pink icing and soft vanilla cream sprinkled with fresh flowers. Mmmm.
But “Słodki…Słony” is not only about sweets (its name means “Sweet…Salty”). If you have the guts to pass by on all these cakes in the first room, you can discover more room upstairs with frescoes on the walls, and lunch menu on the tables. Salads, omelettes, sandwiches, pastas, soups – all of them are made from the best ingredients. They are great, but I rarely get there – I almost always stay in the kingdom of cakes.