With the amount of trendy new cafes and snazzy fusion cuisine appearing on the scene in Wroclaw, it's easy to forget about the humble Polish milk bar. In recent years some have labeled 'bar mleczny' as a dying breed, but there's still plenty of them doing good business. In today's venue in question, Krówka Bar, we even have a new one on the block.
Located about 5 minutes walk from Renoma shopping centre, Krówka Bar opened its doors in the first week of the new year.
On first sight its evidently noticeable that this milk bar won't win any awards for its dull interior, which has about as much character as a cardboard box. The wall on the left sports the bar's logo and mascot, composed of a cartoon cow serving up a chunky 'pierog'. The rest of the venue is completely empty however, with a newspaper stand and a Tesco Value clock the only other decoration in sight. The large windows do bring some light to the venue, although the view is hardly picturesque.
Nobody goes to a milk bar looking for a pretty interior though, and Krówka Bar's true test is all about the quality of the food and whether its decent value for money. In the face of stiff competition from classic venues such as Misz Masz and Bar Miś however, Krówka Bar just doesn't quite do as good a job.
We first sampled the goulash with oatmeal, which was a rather bland affair. The schabowy and potatoes faired better and was decent value for money, but in equal measure just didn't stand up to what's on offer elsewhere. The loud ping from the microwave in the kitchen doesn't exactly do them any favours either. That said, with nothing costing you more than 13zl and the food on the table in quick time, this is a convenient spot for a no frills style hot meal.
Lovers of pierogi will also be glad to hear that the one thing Krówka Bar do well is making good old Polish dumplings. You can find all the usual favourite fillings available on the menu, including cheese & potato, meat, cabbage, and even sweet fillings with various fruits. If you've no time to cook your dinner, you can pop in and take a packet of their freshly made pierogi away with you too.
All things considered, Krówka Bar is a decent low budget venue that offers simple but unspectacular Polish food at rock bottom prices. If anything, swing by for their tasty pierogi – they are an absolute bargain in our book!
Krówka Bar, Generała Tadeusza Kościuszki 6