Qulinarnia Will Totally Change Your Mind About Polish Food
Forget pierogis and stuffed cabbage. This new spot’s sophisticated take on the hearty cuisine has been a hit in Mount Prospect.
By Penny Pollack and Graham Meyer
Published July 11, 2014
“Polish restauarants here are all about pierogis and stuffed cabbage,” says Agnes Janowska, who owns Qulinarnia Modern Polish Cuisine (1730 W. Golf Rd., Mount Prospect, 847-981-0480 ) with her husband, Darek Zychowski. “But Polish cuisine is totally different.”
For example, cod on a potato pancake with shiitake sauce ($18.99) or pork tenderloin with horseradish, mashed potatoes, asparagus, baby beets, and a porcini mushroom sauce ($16.99) comes closer to the way people eat now in Poland. They also offer traditional Polish cheesecake—not made with cream cheese.
Janowska says she and her husband, who is a plumber by trade, did a lot of the construction themselves. Opening a restaurant was her dream, and she left her job co-owning an insurance brokerage to commit to it. Qulinarnia opened just this past spring, but Janowska says you need reservations to get in on the weekend already.