The staff of Buła i Spóła take a simple premise – a burger – and execute it perfectly. All of their rolls and sauces are homemade, and they use generously sized 100 per cent beef patties. The rustic wooden interior and outside terraced area follow the same design philosophy that they use for their food: simple done right. If the best burger in Białystok isn’t what you’re after, they also stock salads, a range of sandwiches served in baked baguettes, and a number of different beers and non-alcoholic beverages.
No more opulent setting for a meal can be found in Białystok than here at the Branicki Palace complex, an 18th century edifice dubbed the “Versailles of Podlasie” at the time of its construction. Arsenał Restauracja serves the kind of food you would expect to eat underneath a chandelier; caviar, wild boar, veal with chanterelles, champagne shrimp. However don’t let the extravagance of the surroundings put you off should you be on a budget. Hearty Polish dishes are also on the menu, and for a reasonable price.
Adama Mickiewicza 2, Białystok, Poland, +48 85 742 85 65
Restauracja Tokaj offers an alternative to the standard Polish dining experience while staying within the bounds of Eastern Europe. Here you can sample authentic Hungarian dishes such as the ever-popular goulash, listen to traditional Gypsy music, and then end your meal with a glass of pálinka, the fruit brandy enjoyed in the Carpathian Basin since the Middle Ages. Should you forget that you’re still in Poland, you only need to glance out of the stunning panoramic windows to see the Gothic spires of Białystok Cathedral.
Ichhoka Malmeda 7, Białystok, Poland, +48 85 742 08 07