Wroclaw is abound with new places looking to set their stall out as an alternative venue and lure in the city's culturally entwined crowd. If truth be told though, some of these 'trendy' bars, cafes and restaurants appear to be charging ludicrous prices, believing the hipster gravy train will prove enough to make them a tidy profit. Gryz.li, the subject of today's review, is fortunately an exception from this growing trend.
This no frills cafe and snack bar boasts a central location, knock down prices and an interesting menu, all of which can be enjoyed in the backdrop of a playlist of indie and alternative music.
Gryz.li's interior, much like it's food, has been clearly done on a budget. The cheap furniture and distinctively empty looking space in front of the bar doesn't exactly ooze charm, but it does represent an interesting departure from some of the snobby venues that have been springing up of late. Indeed, the interior is somewhat reminiscent of Wrocław's pubs of yesteryear.
In terms of the food, Gryz.li have created a simple and affordable menu with some tasty stomach fillers through clever use of ingredients. Take their fried bread pasties for example, the fillings of which are listed on the blackboard next the bar. These come stuffed with anything from mozzarella and Brazil to kaszanka and cheese. While not being the healthiest snacks in town, they are tasty and cheap. It's also refreshing to see a new hip eatery doing something other than burgers, wraps or paninis.
As well as the stuffed fried breads, Gryz.li prepare a soup of the day, which can be bought either individually or as part of a meal deal.
When it comes to drinks, Gryz.li have kept it cheap and cheerful again. You won't find any fancy German soft drinks for 10zl here – a simple selection of juices and cola are all that dawn the fridge. Those looking for something healthy can also opt for one of their fruit cocktails, produced freshly on site for a snip of what you could pay elsewhere. There's no alcohol licence of course, but that also helps to keep prices down.
Taking the produce aside for a moment, it has to be said that Gryz.li is not the most inspiring venue in town. Even so, you have to give them credit for creating a friendly, alternative cafe and snack bar where your average person can actually afford to eat.
GRYZ.li, Białoskórnicza 17/18/1
Tel: 518 050 003 , Website