Here in Wroclaw there are numerous Polish bars where you can find Czech grub. While most of them do it reasonably well, more often than not they fall short of being genuinely authentic. Pepik pub, located on Kiełbaśnicza street, proclaims itself as an authentic Czech venue and appears to do a better job than most.
We took in this relatively new bar and restaurant on a warm summer evening before WKS' Europa League encounter with Gothenburg, when a cold pint and a stomach filling meal were very much the order of the day.
Step forward two draft beers and the Czech classic fried cheese and chips, which very much did the job we were looking for.
Czech lager can be found all over the city nowadays, whether it be on draft or in bottle. Even so, there was something that little bit special about the blonde and half 'n' half beers we ordered at Pepik. They really did seem to taste the like the beers you get 'down south', with a fresher feel and less carbonation. Perhaps it was the heat fuelling my imagination, but for whatever reason the draft Czech beer here seemed to taste better than anywhere else i've tried it in the city.
The fried cheese and chips was nothing to wax lyrical about, but still more than proved its worth. Served with two different sauces (garlic and cranberry) plus a rather petit side salad and the usual chips, this was an affordable and satisfying feed. The cheese oozed out nicely when cut and the sauces were better than your average bar would come up with.
On our visit we ate in the bar's small beer garden. In winter though, Pepik Pub's narrow interior may not be to everybody's liking. Some might call it snug and others cramped, but what is clear is that it's difficult to create a real atmosphere inside such a place. It certainly didn't work out there for the previous tenants 'La Sardine', who lasted about a year before calling it a day.
Sadly we haven't had time to further run the rule over Pepik Pub's garlic soup and goulash, which would understandably complete this review. Therefore we'd like to refrain from giving a full endorsement of the place until we do so. From what we've seen so far though, it is a venue worth 'Czeching' out.
Pepik Pub, ul. Kiełbaśnicza 28/2
Telephone: 71 758 42 41 Website