Ania – Polish – Nottingham (Sherwood)
Sometimes you don’t need anything more than hearty, warming food to keep you happy. This is exactly what Ania hopes to deliver with their traditional Polish cuisine. On the busy Mansfield Road in Sherwood they blends into the background of odd shops and takeaways. This low-key style is also there when you enter. The decor is pretty basic, and a little tired, white linen table cloths are something you don’t see much of these days! Menus are a single laminated sheet for food and drink, I can’t imagine the last time these changed so there’s no nod to seasonality here. There’s just the right number of options though, not too much choice to confuse but enough to give you a difficult decision.
As a starter I couldn’t resist beetroot soup. The flavour had a lovely sweetness to it, supplemented by some fresh dill. The bowl was also packed with pieces of beetroot and boiled egg that added texture and complimented that slightly sweeter taste of the liquid.
It’s worth mentioning that at Ania portion sizes are not for the feint hearted. After the filling starter my main course of perogi arrived to prove my point. Perogi are Polish dumplings that on this occasion had a ‘meat’ filling. At a guess I think it was pork, but unspecified as far as I am aware. You can have these grilled, boiled or half of each. I opted for both ways so I could compare and fried were definitely the best; the boiled examples were just a little claggy and heavy. The filling was quite nondescript, lacking seasoning, and the majority of the flavour was derived from some well fried onions and bacon that came with the dumplings. To break up the meaty beigey-ness you have bowls of both cabbage and beetroot that bring a fresh element that was definitely needed. Altogether it was a dish I’d happily eat again, something satisfyingly rustic about it.
A desert couldn’t be stomached after the efforts to consume the first two courses, here they do deviate a little from the Polish theme with desserts from across Europe. The most remarkable thing about this meal was the price. Starters are £3-5 with mains £8-12. Tues – Thurs Ania offers 2-4-1 on main courses which meant that my food and a coke set me back £9. The food isn’t refined here but you would be hard pressed to find a better feed for less.
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