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I'm designing a Polish restaurant for British people - need information


hmarshmellow 1 | 3  
15 Jan 2008 /  #1
hi, i am an interior design student in the UK and i am designing a polish restaurant for British people.

The restaurant will be based in Sheffield, UK, and the aim of the restaurant is to give brits an understanding of polish traditions and culture

i would like to know about traditions and customs that show polish culture

i would also like to know about the experience of eating at restaurants in poland as well as home cooked meals

i would be grateful for any information or suggestions at all
thank you
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
15 Jan 2008 /  #2
i would be greatful for any information or sugestions at all

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telefonitika  
15 Jan 2008 /  #3
The restaurant will be based in Sheffield, UK

another one in Sheffield where will this one be located ?

Will it be different to the one already there?
osiol 55 | 3,922  
15 Jan 2008 /  #4
You've got to sell flaki.
But how do you translate it without putting people off?

There was the old technique in restaurants we used to have - putting everything in French so not too many people understand it.

To match the places I have eaten out in, you need two beautiful waitresses and one who looks really stern and serious.
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
15 Jan 2008 /  #5
Well,you could have a week where the managment are all german,then one where they are all russian,then the following week have the local russian steak house take over by force ...........

Seriously though,expand your thoughts a tad mate. So this place is going to be aimed at British nationals living in Sheffield that want a taste of Poland. A sort of Murphski's theme place? Traditionaly Polish,a toughy,depends on peoples tastes really,bars,cafes etc are many and varied in Poland as are traditions and styles.
PinkJewel  
15 Jan 2008 /  #6
The restaurant will be based in Sheffield, UK, and the aim of the restaurant is to give brits an understanding of polish traditions and culture

I think that this will be difficult to do on a daily basis. I think that the most you can hope for is to cook traditional Polish dishes daily.

There are, of course many traditions and customs but I don't think you can apply them to daily living. More likely that they would be "special occasions".

However, plenty threads here about culture and of course, recipes.

Why do you pick Sheffield specifically?
osiol 55 | 3,922  
15 Jan 2008 /  #7
Open a Polish Polish restaurant, then announce BRITISH WEEK, hosted by a big cuddly Owczarek Podhalański.
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
15 Jan 2008 /  #8
Why do you pick Sheffield specifically?

lots of rich southern students with naff all to spend daddies money on?
Seriously,Go to the consulate,I think its up near the SU,might be the road the english lit dept has lots of buildings in.....definatly online anyway,Im sure they will help you.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
15 Jan 2008 /  #9
It is not (at least yet) a British thing to eat Polish food. Not that I'm aware of.
Such tastes need to be nurtured - start small would be my advice.

If there is something that could be prepared and sold from a market stall - nice foody smells wafting through the marketplace - that must be the best way to get people to give it a try.

Firstly, it is self-advertising - the sight, the smell, seeing people outside eating the stuff.
Secondly, it is a lot less expensive than a permenant building which is a much higher risk.
Thirdly, it is the sort of thing that can be easily aimed at anyone.

But you would need to find the right kind of Polish food that can be sold in this way.
Actually, this sounds like too good an idea to give away, especially after the Chinese noodle stall disappeared from my local market.
OP hmarshmellow 1 | 3  
16 Jan 2008 /  #10
another one in Sheffield where will this one be located ?

the restaurant won't actually be build its my final major project for university.
but i am pretending that the restaurant will be on west st in the city center because there are already a number of bars and restaurants in this area and the transport links are really good.
noimmigration  
16 Jan 2008 /  #11
I would prefer a curry
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
16 Jan 2008 /  #12
There was a programme here in Poland that said that Londoners are going in for Polish food big time. What info do u need?
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
16 Jan 2008 /  #13
Londoners are going in for Polish food big time.

it is becoming more popular, but thats mostly amongst those who have some Polish connections and the more adventurous types. Its never gonna take over Fish n Chips or Doner Kebabs as the staple diet. :) All the Polish restaurants Ive been to here seem to serve up the same type of food that you can get in jars in the supermarkets, such as Bigos, Golabki etc.. I dont think much of it is freshly made here.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
16 Jan 2008 /  #14
U r probably right, curry is in the UK 2 stay. Pierogis may become like sushi, we'll see
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
16 Jan 2008 /  #15
Is it Indian curry that's popular in the UK or Chinese curry?
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
16 Jan 2008 /  #17
That's good stuff. I just started eating it here. We have a new Indian rest. and it's so good.

I'm sure if a PL restaurant would open in the UK you can find a few good homestyle cooks. I think it would get business especially from the PL ppl and like sapphire say's ppl with PL interests.

Good luck
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
16 Jan 2008 /  #18
curry is fantastic food - i once blagged free curries in paris's best curry houses thanks to a bbc card - all for research purposes you understand ;-)

ive thought about openning a peirogi restaurant where they are served with different sauces from all over the world - a combination of culinary cultures... obviously curry would be on the menu...
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
16 Jan 2008 /  #19
curry is fantastic food

- Hardly a Polish food.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
16 Jan 2008 /  #20
we cant blame poland for that... or can we...?
Doba 1 | 73  
16 Jan 2008 /  #21
The only problem I have about a Polish restaurant in a foreign country that relies on its polish community for success is that the average polish family eats in more than they eat out.

Hopefully your community is into cultural foods, otherwise it’s a tough business to get into, I know 2 or 3 small polish restaurants that failed in my city… Mind you it’s a city of only 100,000 people.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
16 Jan 2008 /  #22
I would place a big Żubr (made of a skin of a real animal)...

...in front of It. Maybe not very sophisticated but people would wonder what the hell is this, so maybe more would visit...
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
16 Jan 2008 /  #23
doing that in the uk would no doubt lead to a visit from the animal rights brigade
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
16 Jan 2008 /  #24
- Even if the animal was killed during legit hunting?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
16 Jan 2008 /  #25
i think that animal rights activists tend to believe that hunting animals isnt legit
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
16 Jan 2008 /  #26
Inside a lot of wooden things + maybe some "naked" bricks...

...like here...

karczmapodkogutem.pl/foto_start.html
Doba 1 | 73  
16 Jan 2008 /  #27
where is that I swear I had dinner there with my ex while in Poland.. far table on the left.. is this a restaurant in Gliwice?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
16 Jan 2008 /  #28
ive eaten in many restaurants like this :-)
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
16 Jan 2008 /  #29
is this a restaurant in Gliwice?

No Szczecin, Świnoujście and some in the mountains...
Doba 1 | 73  
16 Jan 2008 /  #30
lol ja i guess its a common theme in poland for a wooden restaurant.. but I mean its SOoooo Identical to the one ive been two

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