Tarnow

Stara Łaźnia

Though we're anything but fans, when popular Polish celebrity restaurateur Magda Gessler unleashed the fury of her hair on Tarnów, calling out the state of the city's former Jewish bath house (mikvah) as sad and deplorable, we were in complete agreement. With an unkempt facade covered in tacky advertising for the random assortment of businesses inside (including a cheap Polish restaurant), it was time for a 'revolution' and Gessler's travelling cooking show (Kuchenne Rewolucje) provided just that. Overhauled and re-imagined as Stara Łaźnia (Old Bathhouse), the first floor restaurant now pays homage to the building's past as a Jewish mikvah, while accentuating its unique Moorish architecture (the windows are just amazing). The new menu of traditional Galician and Polish Jewish dishes offers a taste of pre-war Tarnów with dishes like cholent (traditional Jewish stew), latkes with goulash, and Jewish-style carp. The prices are upmarket by local standards, but budget for foreigners; if you want the full Gessler experience, try her signature 6-course set menu for 85zł. The walls feature 150 black and white photos of old Tarnów, plus work by local artists, while other touches include candlelit menorahs, Israeli scarves over the tables and exotic klezmer music playing subtly in the background (watch for occasional concerts). Tasty, tasteful and dignified, in summation, it's exactly what should have been done with this space long ago, and certainly the most interesting dining destination in Tarnów.
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Child-friendly
Live Music
Dogs Allowed

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Open 12:00-21:00. Closed Mon, Fri 12:00-22:00, Sat 12:00-23:00.

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€ € € € €

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