Cracow's Chimera invites you for dining in the stylish underground world of cellars offering traditional Polish countryside cuisine - venison and game with vegetarian salad bar as a bonus.
Chimera: Underground world of cellars
Chimera Restaurant represents a totally different world compared to the Salad Bar Garden.
Tucked deeply into the underground cellars, three large chambers making up the restaurant reveal to you 16th century medieval atmosphere dominated by stone walls and vaulted ceilings.
Enhanced by a secessionist decoration, antique furniture and candlelight, cellars make a very appealing place for a romantic dining event far from the hustle & bustle of the popular upstairs’ salad bar..
An impressive collection of paintings displayed on the walls (mostly by Mme Wierzbowska-Wrońska) adds a touch of stylish elegance to this anyhow unearthly environment.
View from the St. Anne Street
There are also few niches and nooks providing more privacy for guests. Subtle lighting, comfortable seating, warm fabrics and “isolation” from the “outside world” by heavy drapes will give you an intimate feel, an impression that you are not in a public place…..
But that is just the starting point – the best is still to come (on the plates!).
Entrance to the cellars
Chimera Restaurant promotes the Polish cuisine largely taking the best from old countryside aristocratic traditions dominated by venison and in general East-European game meat (deer, rabbit, hare, wild boar, pheasant…).
If this is a scary perspective, well - you will also find here less exotic species like roasted goose, duck or lamb and certainly familiar veal, beef and pork. Fish-lovers will not be disappointed with the grilled local trout.
As expected from the Polish Cuisine - wild (forest) mushrooms make to most of these delicacies increasing their flavor of “wilderness”…. Did I scare you once again? Do not worry - no risk, it’s guaranteed. Poles can distinguish between poisonous and eatable mushrooms even with closed eyes (it comes with mother’s milk and already “penetrated” their genes)!
Settings for a romantic dinner
Most meals show up on the table covered under a silver domed dish server and the plates on a platter. Unveiling them in front of you adds a nice touch to your dining experience.
At the special request for bigger groups the chef can prepare specials like lamb leg, roasted piglet.
Something for children....
List of carefully selected Hungarian, Moldavian, Slovenian and even German wines accompanied by local beers offer you one more opportunity to discover the taste of the Eastern and Central Europe. Just in case – the restaurant also offers few French and Spanish names. But hey, do not get stuck in your drinking habits – explore and discover…. I guess you already made the fist steps – you are in Krakow.
Excellent alcohol liquors are also worth of tasting, not mentioning a shot of traditional Polish vodka.
Chimera: Gallery of Pictures
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Medieval atmosphere can be felt in every corner....
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Center - You can always find the place with privacy.....
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Enhanced by a secessionist decoration, antique furniture and candlelight, cellars make a very appealing place for a romantic dining event ....
Chimera: Guardian Angel Stage”
Entering the restaurant you also enter the world of the Fairy-Tale (Sunday at noon :-)
Chimera probably wouldn’t deserve its name if not its various ventures and activities. One of them is the Chimera Children Theater. Although due to the language barrier it seems to be limited to the Polish children, it is still worth to mention this wonderful idea that took roots in the largest cellar of the restaurant.
Each Sunday the biggest underground chamber is transformed into the theater for children
Every Sunday at noon the “Guardian Angel Stage” takes children for an extraordinary journey into the world of fairy-tales, fantasies and fiction. Plays written by Polish authors like J. Brzechwa, K. Makuszynski, but also more familiar to the Western World - Danish fairy-tale writer H. Ch. Andersen or Grimm Brothers (German) ignite young audience’s imagination.
And as we know, in many cases children can quite well get around regardless language barriers.
Who does not remember the famous character Winnie-the-Pooh (by A.A. Milne). Do you really think that something can prevent kids from “taking-off”, getting on the stage and participation in the play? Did you already forget your own journeys into the Winnie-the-Pooh kingdom in the Ashdown Forest?
I’m sure that you enjoyed your “underground” trip to Cracow’s medieval times so beautifully re-created in Chimera cellars. And the traditional Polish cuisine and fine food certainly helped you to feel this way.... . May you are already planning your next visit?
However when re-emerging from the cellars please take note of the Chimera Salad Bar Garden. It is a perfect place especially for the fast healthy lunch...... next time…:-)
Ready to go?, then please click on the right picture or select the following link: Cracow Salad Bars - Chimera
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