When this place closed for refurbishment earlier in the year, there was fear that it would reopen as a swanky cafeteria with upmarket prices to match. Thankfully after a two-week break it returned exactly the same as it was before - a skanky, run-down Communist dive that serves huge portions of revolting-looking, but fantastic-tasting, food in return for a handful of loose change. This place is so cheap that they even split the prices into groszy leading to an unlikely menu where pierogi costs 2.48 zloty and bean soup will set you back a whopping 1.43. With prices like that it's no wonder that you have to queue out of the door most days, along with a miserly bunch of IT students, bag ladies, tramps and underpaid staff from the hospital next door. Once you're up, a grim-faced matron in a filthy frock will fill your bowl to spilling point with the soup du jour and you'll be forced to enjoy your meal on the only free seat in the canteen - right between Grott Bags and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If it takes a lot to put you off your food you'll love this place, which has been affectionately dubbed "Garrett's" in honour of the penny-pinching ex-pat who 'discovered' it.
4.7 / 5
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