Review on Baltic
The Baltic Restaurant is Jan Woroniecki's Southwark venture into the world of East European cooking and the pleasures of strong vodka. The building itself - an eighteenth-century coachbuilder's - has been redesigned with a sleek frontage, a long bar and walkway leading down to the minimalist dining room where white walls, wooden trussed ceilings and skylights create a suitably Nordic feel.
The restaurant's name gives a geographical clue to the food: the Baltic and the Adriatic dominate, with a few detours northwards towards Scandinavia. There are some phonetically challenging dish names on the menu, although English explanations are helpful. Blinis topped with anything from marinated herring to keta caviar are bestsellers; otherwise begin with - say - chilled sour cherry soup, pierogi dumplings or spicy roast beetroot with carrot crisps and fromage frais.
Main courses put the emphasis on warm-hearted nourishment - golonka (pork shank with celeriac and sauerkraut salad), salt beef with dumplings and horseradish, salmon 'kulebiak' in pastry - although there are also some vivid ideas from sunnier climes (seared lamb with with roasted peppers and aubergine salad, for example). Szarlotka (warm apple pie with cinnamon ice cream) is a good way to finish. Three dozen vodkas are on show, along with plenty of quaffable wines at fair prices.
Baltic is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Tue-Sat (12.00 - 4.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 11.15pm Tue-Sat (5.30 - 10.30pm Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express