Waterloo’s “beautiful and airy” Baltic restaurant will launch a new bar later this month to coincide the arrival of new head chef Piotr Fortuna. Restaurateur Jan Woroniecki (also owner of South Ken’s Ognisko) will open the bar on Wednesday 28 October.
Unsurprisingly vodka will lead the drinks list, with signature cocktails including: Spiced Pear Mojito (house infused Pear wódka churned with fresh lime and mint cinnamon syrup, pressed apple juice, Angostura bitters topped with soda water); Beetroot Martini (wyborowa wódka shaken with beetroot & lime juice, soya sauce & spices); and the Baltic Manhattan (caramel infused vodka stirred with Old Forester Bourbon, Martini Rosso and Angustura Bitters).
There’s also an extensive list of Baltic’s famous Vodka Martinis, as well as a menu of vodkas infused in-house with fresh fruits, herbs & spices – such as dill, rhubarb and apple and horseradish. Expect European wines with a strong selection from Hungary and Georgia.
New head chef Fortuna brings with him the culinary traditions and influences of his hometown of Krakow, Poland. An updated menu will include dishes such as: Bigos or ‘hunters stew’ made with venison, beef, Polish sausage and topped with sauerkraut; Lamb Bozbash, a braised lamb shoulder with okra spiked with coriander seed and fenugreek, and Kwasnica a broth of sauerkraut and roasted pork belly.Traditional dishes like pierogi, flaki and fresh herring fried with lingonberries are also available.
It certainly sounds as though Baltic went all-out on the bar, which is made from hot rolled steel, lit with amber light boxes and lined with banquette seating backed with distressed mirrored panels. There will even be an ostrich-skin covered wall – sounds decadent.