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“Stroll through, but don't eat here. Many better choices are available in Warsaw.”
Review of Jama Michalika

Jama Michalika
Ranked #500 of 1,751 Restaurants in Krakow
Price range: US$4 - US$33
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Stare Miasto
Description: "Jama Michalika" (eng. Michalik's Den) - Most famous Art Café, Traditional Polish Restaurant and Cabaret Museum "Zielony Balonik" (eng. Green Ballon) in Poland. Very well known for almost one hundred years. Here most outstanding artists have met, here the cabaret "Zielony Balonik" began to exist and here the spirit of "Mloda Polska" (eng. Polish Modernism) - was born. In “Jama Michalika“ we offer you marvelous: CAKES, LAYER CAKES, TARTS - including "Wawel" cake, "Michalik" or "Barbakan", we also recommend "Kremowki" and cheese cakes. Gorgeous ICE CREAMS of many flavors are prepared (on the base of traditional recipe) by our confectioner. We would like you encourage you to try our alcohol drinks, cocktails and traditional Polish alcohol beverages made on the base of honey. We highly recommend traditional Polish food: Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner. It is possible to book: performances for organized groups cabarets performances, recitals, satirical performances, Folk Show, banquets, meetings suitable for the occasion.( prices may be negotiated )
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We had a very disappointing dinner in this historic restaurant (recommended by Rick Steves). The décor is interesting but the food was dismal. Bigos and "pork joint Polish Style" both abysmal. Service not at all attentive. We went on a non-show night and the restaurant was almost empty; those that weren't there were smarter than we were.

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Thank wbjii
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Historically frequented by the artists of Poland, hence all of the artwork displayed, an absolute treasure. As my "in-laws" originate from Poland they make a bee-line whenever they go to visit relarives in Krakow. We prefer to go on non-show nights when we find a better service from attentive waiting staff. As indicated oin other reviews I can imagine that shows ight be difficult as it a long, narrow room. This restaurant will not be to everyones' tatse but the food is traditional and excellent

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Thank TW15EXILE
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We booked from England to go to the above restaurant, as we were told that the food was traditionally Polish, and that the show was a typically Polish folk show. What an utter disappointment. When we arrived, half an hour before show time, as arranged, we were shown to a table from which we were unable to see the stage where the band ( I use that word laughingly) were to play. The dancers were to perform on the floor of the restaurant. When we asked to change tables, after a while we were given a table close to the stage, and with a good view of the perrformance.

Let me start with the food. The staff were very eager in their attempts to sell drinks, and we ordered some which eventually arrived. The meal was divided into 2 parts, the soup being served -prior to the performance at 7pm, and the main to follow during the interval,. The soup was "traditional" chicken noodle soup??????. The main served during the interval comprised fried chicken, potatoes and pickled cabbage. Very traditionally Polish, I think not!!!
The second half of the performance began and our dirty plates were still on the table, throught the entire second half, thats where they remained, despite everyone elses being cleared. Trying to attract the waiting staff proved an impossibility except when asked for the bill for the drinks, they were there like a shot. I asked the waiter if there was dessert and coffee included, he said to me "Finished" No dessert or coffee was available to order despite a full sugar bowl being on the table.

The performance. The biggest shambles of the evening. The band consisted of a female violin player (good), a male accordion player who didnt need a microphone as his voice drowned out everyone elses apart from the male singer and dancer who sang at the top of his voice, unfortunately off key and out of tune. There were also several occasions where he forgot the words of the song he was singing and laughed to cover this up. The female dancer was OK, couldn't hear her sing, but tyhe dances they seemed to all seemed that same, spinning round, kicking up, and Im sure they did the same dance every time. The other member of the band was a trumpeter. When he wasnt running out of puff playing the trumpet.he w played the instrument so syhrilly occasionally one had to cover ones ears.

I would honestly say, that apart from the very attractive surroudings in the restaurant,. the entire evening was a waste of time and money. If you want to see a good folk show with an excellent meal, there is a traditional restaurant in Market Square. Go there instead. But if you want to see traditional dancing and eat good food, avoid this restaurant, its a waste of time and money.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We booked a meal and show at this restaurant through our tour company. The show was quite entertaining with a father / daughter pair of dancers and three musicians. They got the audience involved in the singing / dancing. The food was good but not outstanding.
We sat with a couple of ladies of Polish extraction who were visiting from England and had a wonderful conversation with them. Both were daughters of Polish flyers (WWII - Battle of Britain) who had married sons of Polish fighters/flyers and ended up living in a refugee camp in the UK following the war. Now widows, they were visiting their homeland. Most interesting stories.

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Thank RandyRoss
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

great little polish place... very affordable in comparision to "richer euro cities like madrid,berlin and so on..."
well recommended, even to pay a bit more , for great service...and "polish cusine"...
also you can do a folk show, either directly, through many tourist offices or agents and viator...
delicious food, well worth the wait...and stuning desserts even on a nearly full stomache...

Thank jardden
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