For months, my husband has been telling me that two of his friends were opening a pancake restaurant in Poznan. My first thought was something like an IHOP, but that’s not it. I’ve come across two kinds of pancakes in Poland, potato pancakes and giant crepes (with sweet or savory fillings) – both delisious, but nothing that resembles the familiar stack of flapjacks.
The location, not far from the old square, required some serious renovation, and that has kept the managers busy. I’m happy to say it’s finally here! Manekin, located at Kwiatowa 3, was worth the wait. The first Manekin restaurant is in Turin. I believe the Poznan location is the fourth in Poland.
We had dinner there Saturday night, and it was fantastic! If you’re really hungry, I recommend the mushroom soup, the #10 pancake from the meat section of the menu, and apple pie to finish it off. The restaurant is spacious (includes a playroom for children), with clean white decor. I would describe it as shabby-chic (which is so popular here) with an industrial edge. English speakers who have tried sounding out the restaurant name may realize that it’s mannequin. There are several mannequins adding interest and a feel of authenticity to the decor.
The portions are generous, and the prices are very affordable. Manekin has even changed my mind about drinking wine in Poland. After being charged 45 PLN (more than $15) for a glass of wine at a hotel in Warszawa, I had sworn off wine in Poland – deciding that I would stick to vodka and beer, the traditional local drinks. I broke my own rule Saturday night, and I’m happy to say that the 5,5 PLN glass of wine was every bit as good as the expensive one in Warszawa.