Pronounced "Vee-chor-kovski", the three-month-old Polish eatery-meets-delikatesy, Wieczorkowski, on Woollahra's Queen Street certainly looks the part for arguably Sydney's most glam neighbourhood. The food is equally (if not more) impressive. The service? Getting there.
Three or so months isn't long in the grand scheme of things, so family owners Adam and mother Kasia Wieczorkowski have plenty of time to improve. But seeing as this place is set to become a chain, you would think the same meticulous attention to detail would have gone into ensuring enough bodies were able to carry those branded coffee cups to toe-tapping customers, let alone allowing said bodies enough time to relax and remember an order, for example. And let's not forget how well that kind of example goes down in Woollahra.
Luckily, when it comes to being a good place to eat it's okay to be making strong moves in two thirds of the food-atmosphere-service trifecta. And Wieczorkowski certainly does. From its Queen Street entrance you're welcomed into a gorgeous cafe by a big bold counter housing smooth organic coffee, an ever-changing array of utterly indulgent pastries (apart from the regular appearance of Krakowian cheesecake and giving-hotcakes-a-run-for-their-money paczki aka plum jam-filled Polish donuts) and shelf after shelf of all the delicatessen goodies.
Take a trip to the back alley (hot tip: you can't walk through — that's where the kitchen is) and you'll find the light and bright bistro-style dining room offering breakfast and lunch outside and in. Ideal for a sunny weekend morning, here you'll taste the handiwork of the chefs. On our brunch visit, we enjoyed their take on Israeli shakshouka. Successfully substituting the traditional tomato base for leeks, this dish in particular made our rocky start that whole lot smoother. Those looking to explore more Polish delicacies should order the tasting plate of fried pierogi dumplings, barszcz (beetroot soup), rice and cabbage rolls (golabki), a mushroom crepe and sour cream.
All in all, while the wait staff could do with a little strengthening in numbers, this little slice of Europe suits Sydney's eastern suburbs nicely. Welcome to the neighbourhood, we say.