When you think of food in Warsaw, dim sum is probably not the first thing that crosses your mind. And yet, these aesthetically pleasing steamed guys traditionally served at Chinese lunches are the new hype in Poland’s capital. And one of the places where we found the best dim sum in town is Pełną Parą.
The recently opened restaurant is located within walking distance from the Museum of Modern Art. Roughly translated to ‘in full swing’ - or better ‘in full steam’, Pełną Parą is a perfect lunch option. We went for an after-lunch, as it was probably the third or fourth meal of the day. With the endless supply of bite options at every corner, this will become a natural habit when you’re in Poland.
The place offers a good amount of Asian fusion dishes — many of them veggie friendly (no surprise there, we’re in Poland after all: check out the vegan-friendly Kaskrut, as well). For a full-on experience, start with a hot soup, either a filling Chinese wonton one or a creamy Thai soup with shrimps and lemongrass, continue with Asian dumplings and finish it off with a green tea ice-cream or mango lassi. We decided to keep it pure and simple by sticking to their dim sum’s. And let me tell you, it was far from being disappointing, both taste and budget wise.
They serve seven different types of dim sum at the moment, three of them vegetarian. There’s their take on the traditional shrimp Har Gau — with a fluffier and more filling wrapper, spinach & cheese dim sum, as well as pumpkin & peanuts. As we were told by the owners, the selection could be more minimal, but removing things from the menu can be a challenge: there’s always going to be somebody who will be asking for that specific dish that doesn’t seem to be popular with most.
Pełną Parą might not be your traditional dim sum bar, but with their locally inspired fresh dishes, their cozy atmosphere and good customer service, they went straight to our hearts.