11 August 1997
Warsaw pre-show - In search of Polish cuisine.
Warsaw pre-show - In search of Polish cuisine. Willie heads for the botanical gardens again - in search of food.
Load-in day in Warsaw. We took the opportunity to look around the town this afternoon. Buoyed on by the Gothenburg experience a couple of us headed for the Botanical Gardens, not only because they are beautiful, but also because the hotel concierge had told us that house "the best restaurant in Poland". The gardens are massive and it proved quite tricky to find this restaurant. The name we were looking for was "Belvedere", and eventually Bruce and I come across this little eating place with an outdoor seating area. The name on the menu said "Belvedere", but they only served pizzas and sandwiches. Bruce was up for heading in but I was so convinced we were in the wrong place that I started making loud pronouncements. "This cannot be the best restaurant in Poland", I was going, then falling about at how utterly absurd a statement that was. We soldiered on and our persistence was rewarded. We found the real place and had dinner there. Now, it has to be said, if you're in search of haute cuisine, you wouldn't necessarily make Poland your first stop, but this restaurant (which is also called "Belvedere") really is exceptional. Its located in a huge glass house full of tropical plants and looks out over a lawn and trees, sun going down, piano player going at it - you get the picture. What a glorious night, with conversation turning to cyclic spirituality and astro physics, as it so often does where road crews are involved.