What is WieloPole 3?
By virtue of boasting a 100% gluten free menu which is also entirely vegetarian & very vegan friendly WieloPole 3 is a rare gem in Krakow. Krakow has a booming foodie culture but venues catering for gluten free and vegan diets remain scarce. Some venues that do offer gluten free have only a few suitable dishes and significant cross contamination risk.
WieloPole 3 joins Momo Bar, Nova Krova Burger and Pod Baranem within my personal list of Krakow restaurants at which to eat safely and enjoy great food. View my Krakow Gluten Free list for all my reviews and my Krakow Gluten Free Google Maps list to see their location. The Google Maps list also features Health Food stores with confirmed a confirmed gluten free range.
WieloPole 3, Dining in Style?
The restaurant is located immediately opposite a Holiday Inn & adjoined to the WieloPole hotel. This also places it on the southern edge of the Planty Park Garden Ring that encircles the Krakow Old Town historic area. The dining area is in a downstairs basement with simple decor & gentle lighting.
WieloPole 3 Menu
WieloPole has the pedigree of being Poland Coeliac Society accredited & proudly displays this on a wall. Charmingly, almost every dish on the menu also has an explicit gluten free label written alongside. Given that the whole menu is gluten free it could *perhaps* have been written just the once, but hey, offer me a 100% gluten free menu and you can design it however you like. I will remain delighted!
Every dish is also either vegetarian or vegan and this too is clearly marked. Fresh and seasonal produce is emphasised. On my visits a full third of the menu consisted of new dishes. It is definitely a place I would return to over & over to explore the menu & find my favourites. I regret that during my most recent visit the restaurant closed for part of the week, denying me this adventure. Lesson learned. Next time I will take no chances and order all four desserts ;-)
Wielopole 3, Food to Die For?
I can report on three dishes of which two were a hit and the third merely curious. The Cabbage Soup of the Day may have been the first time I have sampled this extremely typical Polish dish. I have a fondness for sauerkraut and this soup appeared to have a mild fermented tangy flavour. It was similar to eating warm sauerkraut. For me, & probably my trillions of gut bacteria, this was a welcome surprise. Shredded carrot and fennel added flavour variety.
Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter, Mushrooms & Salad was my favourite course. The Gnocchi was prepared with Pumpkin & Potato alone and was appropriately firm but yielding. Each dumpling a delight in the mouth. The sage butter and mushrooms were welcome accompaniments. More puzzling was the inclusion of goji berries. These were visually very pleasing as contrast to the green salad but overall tipped the balance of the dish a little too far towards sweetness for my personal preference.
I loved the *idea* of the Acorn Apple Pie with Tamarind Puree. I really wanted to love such an unusual dessert. It was however only okay, with no strong taste or flavour. With added spices, essence, more tamarind or even perhaps some maple syrup this could have been something I relished. Thankfully I had also ordered a fruit smoothie and this accompanied the relatively flat tasting Acorn Apple Pie well.
Wielopole 3 Recommendation
Although no dish amazed me with flavour I would absolutely return to explore the Wielopole 3 menu. The combination of gluten free safety, veggie & vegan dishes & healthy wholefoods is compelling. I also found the waiting staff to be friendly, answering my questions about ingredients with pleasure. At the equivalent of just a few £s or about 4-5 Euros for the main dishes and less for the starters & desserts a three course meal plus drinks will cost around £10 or 12 Euro.