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Ale Ryba (Kolobrzeg)

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Address: ul. Cicha 7B 78-100 Kolobrzeg

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      03.12.2012 13:48
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      Not the best fish and chips

      Lately we've been going for a family holiday to the north east of Poland in June the last couple of years. Providing you can tolerate lots of healthy looking old people with their Nordic walking sticks, then it's a very agreeable place. Sea air and walking around certainly builds up an appetite though. Kolobrzeg has an old fashioned and is home to a somewhat rough looking joint lying just off the square by the port, it also has a sea front restaurant selling fish and chips.

      Perhaps taken in by the snazzy logo and catchy name, we chose a completely different restaurant, the clean and modern-looking "Ale Ryba!" despite being a few metres from the Baltic Sea, you would be hard pushed to find fresh fish in this part of the world. A couple of years ago when the UK's cod supply had become somewhat depleted, the Polish government agreed for the British to fish their waters.

      Today, a lot of the fish served is frozen not fish. Whether this was the case at Ale Ryba! I will never know. The menu is written up on a board over the counter and the price quoted is for 100g. Fish usually weighs in at about 500g so the prices of about 5.90zl for cod and 7.00ish for halibut are fair but not particularly cheap. A portion of chips cost 5, there are a handful of seats, the menu was in German as well as Polish and like a lot of places in this former Prussian area, a lot of the clients were neighbouring Germans.

      Cod and chips, salt on the table, a pint of dark "Irish" styled beer from a local brewery. Life didn't get much better. There was even malt vinegar on the table, or so I thought! After dousing my meal on arrival with this caramel coloured liquid, I rolled up my sleeves and tucked in. But urgh! I cringed and struggled to restrain myself from heaving. I had only gone and generously sprayed my meal, even the chips. The fish was fat and flaky, eye catching but it was watery and somewhat tasteless, as seems to be the case these days in the majority of places.

      It wasn't worth the money and I was thoroughly disappointed, it would be unfair to lay all the blame on the restaurant as I had had quite a hand in annihilating my own dish. The beer was the only saviour but staff were friendly and the location was rather good. I probably wouldn't go back though. My fellow family members thought much the same when it came to the fish, although none of them had suffered the same calamities as my good self.

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