hard rock cafe, krakow

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alright american food in the centre of krakow. after our polish meal at polakoski, we felt like we needed a bit of a change – we went to the food court at the top floor of the galleria krawkowska – the shopping mall right at the krakow glowy (central) station – and had some salad for me, fast food for my partner.

so on the third night, we decided to venture into the hard rock cafe – I’ve never ever eaten at one of these, and the thought of having a bit of familiar food was a bit of an attraction. I truly am ashamed as someone interested in food to say that I was a bit unwary of the unfamiliar polish food, but I don’t know if it’s the familiarity so much as the nuances of taste not really something I appreciated.

in any case, at hard rock cafe you get quantity over quality, over-the-top american-style waiters and waitresses who are incredibly friendly and enthusiastic – this is probably part of the blueprint of the chain’s identity.

we started with a side of onion rings – it was a big plate of chunkily thick onion rings in crispy batter. I don’t usually appreciate fried foods for their greasiness but these were almost perfect since you could taste the onions and the batter was nice and crisp. I can’t imagine what a full serving of the onion rings might have been since we could barely finish these above our mains.

I had the anti-cobb salad, which I was very impressed with when it arrived. imagine that I had felt a little more than hungry for fresh vegetables and no weight in my meal – and then came this giant plate of fruit and vegetables arranged on some ice-berg lettuce. I didn’t need the dressing at all because the sweetness of everything just worked.

the bar-b-q combo was a large plate of meat and fries; the meat was dry though thankfully the ribs came loaded with a lot of sauce and so we could finish it.

I don’t think you really expect fantastic food when you come to hard rock – in fact I think the only reason to come here is if you were hankering for something familiar and were also going to be highly tolerant of lower standards for that commodity. I did enjoy my salad though – very american portions and tastes.

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