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In the middle 1990' I went to a Turkish restaurant. It was shortly after my trip around Turkey when I fell in love in Turkish cuisine. My meals had only Turkish names but they were neither Turkish nor Polish. God knows what meals their "creative" cook prepared. Only my bill was fat. Something similar happened to me with Italian and Greek food in Warsaw as well.
As for what is called Chinese food (all SE Asian food is often called Chinese in Poland) simpler and cheaper place, better food. The best was that one cooked in small kiosks on a street close to the Russian bazar and stadium (Stadion X-lecia).
Generally if you choose top, luxary ethnic restaurant you should give real ethnic food but expect to pay a fortune as for Poland. My conclusion is to skip ethnic and fast food restaurants and look for good Polish food available in local restaurants of each prize category.
FAT SAUCES AND MAYO
Warsaw cooks especially in cheaper and medium-priced restaurants tend to make thick and fat, flour-creamy sauce and top meat and potatoes with it. Ask the waiter not to add any sauce or serve it in a seperate pot. Lucky you if she/he understands you haha. The cooks tend to add a lot of mayo-based or/and fat cream-based sauces (of numerous unknown recipes) to all salads as well.
Tipping is expected but not obligatory and even not customary among locals except in a fancy restaurant. Usually locals pay round sum 5% - 10% over the one on the receive. Excuse, usually you can't pay a tip by a card but by cash only. The reason is still strange financial law or rather lack of clear law rules about tips. Some crazy layers and politicians (we should export them, do you want any? :-) confuse tips with bribes or want to tax them.
DON'T SAY THANK YOU :-)
When you put cash on the table and are going to give a change do NOT say "thank you" to yoyr waiter. It traditionally means that you don't want any change. In that case you might have waited for a change by the restaurant closing :-).
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