#227 Baltic Cellar | Restaurant Launch

November 28, 2014

Having only ever experienced Eastern European cooking at a Polish friend’s birthday party (quite a while ago) I was intrigued when I got a last minute invite to the Baltic Cellar launch. Nestled between Albert Square and the Town Hall, Baltic Cellar’s cosy set up was definitely very inviting on quite a chilly Manchester evening.

When we arrived Mr W, Charlie, Keeley, Sarah, Simon and I were greeted with a plentiful supply of authentic nibbles and bubbles. We were then treated to an interestingly bendy performance from contortionist Beth Sykes. After a few minutes of gawping at Beth’s flexibility (why aren’t my yoga classes making me that bendy yet?!) we were seated and greeted with a bottle of Polish Klosowka vodka uh oh! The Baltic Cellar fun then began…

Russian drinking rules explained.

First vodka.

Second vodka.

Smoked Ham and Cheese_Baltic Cellar_Miss Pond

Two shots of vodka administed, we then started with herring fillets and platters of smoked sausages, cured ham and slices of salo on rye bread (which Mr W had to explain to me was effectively lardo… Just as I ate a chunk thinking it was cheese!) Aside from the mistaken identity incident the platter was fantastic and I even enjoyed the herring (usually too fishy for me).

Salted Herring_Baltic Cellar_Miss Pond

More vodka.

Traditional Dishes_Baltic Cellar_Miss Pond

Then our main courses arrived, which were samples of a lot of what is on the Baltic Cellar menu. I thought this was a brilliant way to show us what is on offer. Intensely herby grilled salmon, soft and buttery mashed potato and not forgetting beef goulash and pork stroganoff, which were delicious and tender.

Salmon Shashlik_Baltic Cellar_Miss Pond

More vodka. This time served from a kalashnikov by a Russian. Yes.

Baltic Cellar_Miss Pond_Kalashnikov

Then dessert. A mighty platter of cakes arrived, a stodgy chocolate cake (Mr W enjoyed), a deliciously creamy cheesecake (more my kinda thing), the many layered Napolyeon tort and some home made biscuits to finish. Needless to say the plate did not look like this at the end.

Dessert Platter_Baltic Cellar_Miss Pond

More vodka. This time from a birdhouse. This one goes down best, like water. If only we could have more, but this stuff’s special. It’s the end at this point, time to go home and get ready for the morning after the night before, which may I add was brutal, but worth it.

Team Wodka__Baltic Cellar_Miss Pond

I just want to say a huge thank you to Baltic Cellar for a wonderful evening, and whilst this isn’t a review Mr W and I will be back to sample more of what is on offer. Also thank you to Team Wodka for the best evening I’d had in a long time.

Na Zdorovie!


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P.S. Whilst writing this I learnt that nostrovia is a common English mispronunciation of Na Zdorovie (good health in Russian)!


  • Reply Bad Taste Toast November 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hahaha that’s exactly how I know Russian drinking rules: vodka, vodka, more vodka 🙂 Mhh the food looks really good!

    • Reply MissPond November 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Hahaha all the vodka! The food was really tasty 🙂

  • Reply Susanne Remic (@Ghostwritermumm) November 29, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I’ve often wondered what Polish food would be like and this looks awesome! Fab review 🙂 x

    • Reply MissPond November 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks 🙂 The food was lovely, definitely worth checking out x

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca November 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    That food looks amazing!

    • Reply MissPond November 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      It was so amazing 🙂

  • Reply Oh So Gawjess November 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Looks like you had so much fun! I need to try this cuisine xxx

    • Reply MissPond November 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      It was great fun! You definitely need to try it out 🙂

  • Reply JennyLeungX November 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Haha! Loving the Russian drinking game rules. It sounds like my kind of fun! The food…looks interesting! :p

    • Reply MissPond November 28, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      My mum always told me I have to try things before I judge them! Not all the food was to my taste but it was interesting and great to try something different 🙂 Russian drinking rules are great! Google them 🙂

  • Reply Susan D Crochet Addict UK November 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Wow what amazing food. Looks like a good night!

    • Reply MissPond November 28, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      It was really good 🙂

  • Reply steph November 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    This looks great. all that vodka i’d be on my knees! 🙂

    • Reply MissPond November 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      I was definitely broken after all the vodka!

  • Reply Bizzimummy November 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Oh that food looks so good. Making me hungry now.

    • Reply MissPond November 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Writing the post made me very hungry!

  • Reply Hurnae November 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I love going out to eat in Manchester. There are some little gems by Albert Square, we usually go to Red’s but I think we will give this a go next time because that main and the desserts look too good to pass up! 🙂 x

    • Reply MissPond November 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Oooh definitely give this a go 🙂 You’ll definitely enjoy all the grilled meat they have on offer x

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