“A good appetite needs no sauce”, says the Polish proverb. It’s a bit the same with pierogi, Poland’s famous savoury dumplings. Although, according to Adam Wieczorkowski, who owns and manages the eatery and ‘delikatesy’ Wieczorkowski with his mother Kasia, a dollop of sour cream does help. And he should know; this mother-and-son team is producing sublime, fresh pierogi and other Polish specialities for grateful crowds in Woollahra.
With a cafe and deli housed in the front of the building, a glass dining room and a deck out the back, Wieczorkowski offers breakfast, brunch and a bistro-style lunch menu. Along with Polish fare, Wieczorkowski serves a wide variety of contemporary, European-style dishes.
Englishman Leigh James heads up the kitchen alongside Swede, Henrik Ahlen. Wieczorkowski also has a Polish food expert at hand who works with the pair in producing three varieties of pierogi, the golabki (veal cabbage rolls), barszcz (traditional beetroot soup) and goulash.
Wieczorkowski’s sweets selection changes daily, but Krakowian cheesecake, with a thin biscuit pastry, lemon rind and sultanas is a permanent fixture. Paczki (plum jam-filled Polish donuts) are delivered fresh every two days, but sell out quickly.
The Wieczorkowski experience extends to online where the deli items, including pickles, sauces and specialist ingredients, are available to purchase from anywhere in Australia.
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