Living in a city stuffed with UNESCO-heritage charm, several hundred bars and a thousand years of culture is all very well, but for a city to be truly great, it needs a fish and chip shop. On March 29, Krakow will finally qualify as The Dorsz opens its doors on Św. Anny 4.
For anyone unfamiliar with the great British institution that is the fish and chip shop, I extend my heartfelt sympathy, but also some background. Almost every town in the UK has a ‘chippy.’ Often, they are modest establishments where you walk in, order your delicious food, then take it away wrapped in paper.
These are the kind of places that have fed generations of Britons since long before anyone had ever heard of hamburgers, and continue to do so today. The Dorsz will be a little more ambitious than that.
The Krakow Post spoke to Alistair Mckeown at The Dorsz during an exclusive, pre-opening tour of the premises. The place is huge. The ground floor features a full fish and chip frying range, imported from the UK, with some tables and chairs. Downstairs in the huge basement will be a sit-down restaurant and bar.
Details are still to emerge, but we understand that the restaurant will offer a range of British or British-inspired dishes as well as fish and chips, from pies to (let it be true) Sunday roasts.
Alistair is not new to the fish and chip game. He has run a highly successful branch of the The Dorsz in Łódź since 2012. “We had a great time in Łódź,” he said “We made lots of friends and really got involved in the community.”
Planning to replicate this formula in Krakow, The Dorsz will be far more than just a place to sample the delights of British cuisine. “When I was a kid,” said Alistair, “the bloke in the chippy knew everyone in town, and everyone knew him. That’s the kind of place I want The Dorsz to be.”
In Łódź, The Dorsz served as a meeting place for the expat community, took part in festivals and cultural events, and even brought British culture to the city’s school kids via fun, educational events (with a plate of cod and chips for all). The Krakow incarnation of The Dorsz is planning all this, and more.
Don’t take our word for it – a quick scroll through social rating and review sites reveals the delicious pedigree of The Dorsz: “Excellent fish and chips – better than in the UK,” “Large portions, top quality ingredients, friendly helpful staff,” “Delicious, crispy fish and probably the best chips in the city!”
The Dorsz opens its doors at 12 noon on Saturday March 29, and will be open until the last guest.