Mazurka, the charming Polish restaurant along the vibrant street of Prince Arthur East, is one of my go-to spots for wholesome Eastern European cuisine. Their lunch special costs a mere $8.75 Monday through Friday before 5:00pm, ideal for a frugal university student. It includes the soup of the day, a plate of your choice and your choice of coffee or tea. The barley soup is hearty and comforting, the borscht is delicious and the chicken noodle soup is horrid. Crisp on the outside and tender inside, the pan-fried potato pancakes are tasty but ordinary - just simple and to-the-point. I don’t care much for the bigos, a tangy stew of cabbage and meat; it’s not for me. The cheese blintzes, thin pancakes stuffed with a sweetened cheese filling, are quite appetizing and not too heavy. Don't miss the house-made perogies (potato-cheese and meat). These boiled dumpling-like goodies are plump and meaty, and simply irresistible when eaten with sour cream.
This restaurant, serving home-style Polish cooking, is worth a visit if you’re looking for a light and affordable lunch along this lively strip. In spite of some disappointing items on the menu, the meat, and potato and cheese perogies are truly the reasons why I just can’t get enough of this place.
64 rue Prince-Arthur Est | map