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Krym Ua: Tasty But Eerily Barren Crimean Eatery

A few places in Wrocław are 'all style, no substance'. Krym Ua is the polar opposite.

Krym Ua, located nearby Rondo Reagana, is a peculiar Crimean restaurant serving cheap and tasty food in an interior that’s almost completely devoid of atmosphere.

The Crimean eatery has only been around for a couple of months or so, but it already feels like a genuine candidate for one of the most bizarre restaurants in the city.

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The sheer oddity of the Krym Ua stems from the fact it offers simple but very tasty and affordable food inside a desolate looking interior that offers next to no ambiance.

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Obviously at a budget venue you don’t expect a trendy or cozy interior. Even so, in comparison to an average milk bar, Krym Ua feels eerily empty. Apart from the potplants on the windowsill and the unused television mounted behind the bar, the restaurant offers virtually nothing in terms of decoration. On our visit to Krym Ua there was no music either, and with only a couple of other diners present, the place felt uncomfortably quiet. 

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Given those glaring caveats, anyone who values comfort in their dining experience can simply count Krym Ua out. However, there is more to the place than meets the eye – something that those willing to ‘rough it out’ will discover.

First of all, the food on offer is interesting, cheap and most importantly – tasty. The featured image at the top of the page shows our order of chubereki (deep fried pastries typically stuffed with onions and mincemeat). Each one costs only 5zł, which is cheap even by milk bar standards.

More importantly, they all tasted great and went down a treat with the complementary cool and spicy dips. Although admittedly not the healthiest of dishes, the chubereki are rather filling – something the students living and studying nearby will no doubt appreciate.

Besides the chubereki, Krym Ua also offer Manti (Crimean Pierogi) and yantiki (fried-bread pies stuffed with meat and onions). If you are after something a little lighter, they do stuffed vine leaves too. While we haven’t yet had the time to sample these dishes, the opinion among local food bloggers has so far been on the positive side.

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One of the other unique things about Krym Ua is the chance to have a Turkish-style coffee brewed using the hot sand method. This is a bit of a novelty in Wrocław and it’s worth seeing and tasting at just 5zł a cup. Considering a lot of hip cafes are charging 13-15zł for chemex, filter or aeropress coffee, this hot sand-brewed coffee is an absolute steal.

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As you can see, Krym Ua has plenty of shortcomings. Even so, it’s still arguably worth heading there at least once to sample some of the Crimean dishes. The place looks and feels like a kitchen nightmare, but ultimately the cuisine does not disappoint.

A fair number of fashionable restaurants have sprung up in Wrocław in recent years, a good percentage of which are Instagram-obsessed places focused on style rather than substance. Krym Ua looks soulless, shabby and disorganized. Yet despite that, the ghostly restaurant somehow seems more interesting than the plethora of forgettable new venues offering the same flavour of the month.

Krym Ua evidently lacks comfort and atmosphere, but this is somewhat compensated for by the opportunity to try some refreshingly different cuisine. So if you don’t mind a no-frills dining experience, this is one budget haunt worth seeking out.

Kymn Ua, Norwida 32

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Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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