This legendary eaterie has been serving authentic Polish food for over 60 years, including such delights as beef roulade stuffed with bacon, pickles and prunes, served with buckwheat and beetroot.
Daquise offers a range of cold starters, such as game pate with cranberries, and warm starters, like sweetmeats with almagnac, ranging in price from £6 to £13. Soups are also on the menu for £6. Main courses include a variety of meat dishes, including rabbit and duck, as well as fish, prepared in a traditional way and served straight from the pot in which it is cooked. For £18 you can have Dorsz smazony, which is pan fried cod fillet with horseradish sauce, served with fresh spinach and stewed carrots. Desserts, costing between £5 and £6, include apple fritters and dumplings stuffed with fresh strawberries.
Located one minute's walk from South Kensington underground station, on popular Thurloe Street, Daquise's picture windows reveal decor, which can only be described as austere. World War II photos from the Polish Institute adorn the upper walls, which have been left deliberately bare of paint or paper to expose, one assumes, the original walls, dating back to 1947. The tables are immaculately laid out and the dining area itself is long and light with a mixture of chairs and bench seating.
Daquise boasts an array of regular celebrity guests over the years, including, in the 1960s, the notorious Christine Keeler and her lover, Yevgeni Ivanov, the KGB spy, as well as film director, Roman Polanski.
Open seven days a week from 12am to 11pm, this popular restaurant is invariably full, so book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.