It comes as no surprise that Warsaw is undergoing a serious food revolution at the moment. This eclectic Eastern European capital has long swept the dust off its traditional dishes and embraced the new: pop-ups, food trucks, concept street-food, vegan gourmet, third wave coffee, and the list goes on. If you're up for experiencing food that reflects the energy of this first wave, then Enoki in the bustling Nowy Swiat area is something for you.
Placed on the hip Chmielna street, Enoki specializes in well, you've guessed it: Enoki-based dishes. These architectural mushrooms popular in many Asian cuisines, find their place in almost every dish prepared at this young eatery. Their menu can be described as Japanese-Korean-Chinese fusion with a young Polish touch. They make deep and flavourful ramen, some mean dim-sum, crisp Vietnamese spring rolls and a few desserts if you're need of a sweet-tooth fix.
Tapping into the ramen and dim-sum trend echoing in Europe, Enoki shares their admiration for the far East through affordable, shareable and non-pretentious dishes that won't burn your wallets. The key words here are “speed” and “flavour”. From the first sip, you'll notice that they've got their ramen broth down, and they could even impress an oldschool Borscht- loving local. You can enjoy their specialties prepared for you on the spot or get them as take-away if you're up for exploring the surroundings.
What you'll like about Enoki is that they go beyond paying an homage to contemporary Asian cuisines. They're very much into supporting Polish local produce and producers, as well. At first thought, it might seem a bit hard to believe that traditional Eastern European produce can accommodate Asian dishes, but the guys behind Enoki prove that it's all about reinterpretation. What's more, they bottle 100% fruit juice under their own label and they also sell the trendy Polish brand Lodove, an up-and-coming name that’s bringing back home-made organic ice-cream in popsicle form. We tried both and, without being Warsaw-natives, it synced us in with authentic Polish flavours and colours.
If you're tired of Polish classics and want to follow in the footsteps of a modern local, then Enoki is something for you. With their young approach, they will give you a take-home hint of how modern Warsaw tastes like. And a local perk: 5 minutes walk away, there’s also Pełną Parą, a modern dim-sum restaurant with a local touch.