EATING OUT: A taste of back home

Sylwia Mista, owner of Mniam Mniam, Abbeydale Road, holds up their Meatball with egg and polish baked bean with sausage soup. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sylwia Mista, owner of Mniam Mniam, Abbeydale Road, holds up their Meatball with egg and polish baked bean with sausage soup. Picture: Andrew Roe

Two young Sheffielders who came to the city from Poland certainly didn’t hang about when they decided to open a restaurant together – they did it in a month.

Karolina Netku and Sylwia Mista are “just a little bit crazy” to move so fast after having the idea, admitted Karolina.

Mniam Mniam in Abbeydale Road – the name means yummy yummy – opened in late December.

Karolina said: “We thought we’d do something different, something new. There’s only one Polish restaurant around Sheffield so we thought we’ll try and do this.

“The food is what many Polish people have missed here and they don’t have time to cook at home. They come here and chill out and have a nice dinner.”

She said they are producing typical home cooking from all parts of the country. The pair have been pleased that non-Polish people have been curious to try their food as well and many have made return visits.

The restaurant was a Persian place called Artin’s until recently. The interior has had a makeover in elegant shades of pistachio and buttermilk.

The menu is in English and Polish and we decided to be guided by Karolina.

As this is a café, there are snacks as well as main meals and they also offer coffee and cake.

While we were waiting for our food, Karolina brought out appetisers in two little bowls containing pleasant-tasting pasta tubes stuffed with tuna mayonnaise.

We started off with soup. Mine, a sour rye soup called zurek, was a whitish broth that had a generous amount of boiled sausage and pieces of hard-boiled egg floating in it. The taste was tangy with a slightly sour edge to it, created by fermented rye flour, and overall it was pretty pleasant.

Linda’s fasolka po bretonski was a more rib-sticking affair. Giant white beans were married with good smoky sausage in a tomatoey soup. It would make a hearty main course with some bread.

The main courses arrived too quickly, before we’d finished.

Linda had gone for the famous Polish speciality pierogi, flattish little dumplings that look more like ravioli. They came with a choice of three fillings: meat; cheese, potato and onion; or mushroom and sauerkraut.

Linda had opted for cheese and there were six on the plate, served with a mixed salad. They were very good, with a soft silky filling and plenty of flavour... but I thought a little sauce would have been nice on the side.

My kieszonki schabowe nadziane pieczarkami (I hope I copied that down right) off the specials board was a shredded pork pocket filled with mushrooms. It came with a salad and little yellow roast new potatoes.

Again I’d have liked a sauce but it was pleasant enough. My dish came with a non-alcoholic punch called kompot, a tasty blend of apple and strawberry.

Linda had a delicious chocolate brownie slathered in dark chocolate sauce and topped with two scoops of ice cream.

My choice was a rather fine baked cheesecake.

With soft drinks, coffee and tea, our bill came to a reasonable £35.70.

* Mniam Mniam, 312 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield (0114) 327 926; open 3pm to 9pm Tuesday to Friday and noon to 9pm at weekends.They also have a Facebook page.