Affectionately known simply as Lars, the bistro pub will appeal to a laid-back audience, who seek a well-prepared meal in relaxed surroundings. The menu offers solid breakfasts (try the poached eggs with spinach and hollandaise!), healthy lunches, hearty dinners and rich desserts. The name’s Scandinavian reference is carried through in the design of the tableware and the bistro’s décor – wood, stone and raw materials, but still nice and welcoming. There is a book swap space for you to leave your Nordic noir thriller and pick up someone else’s.
It is a place where business people have informal lunch meetings, a place young people book for birthday celebrations and show it off on Instagram, a place where creative people chill on sheepskin covered benches and have their coffees while working from their fruit-logoed laptops. A corner of the bistro is dedicated to the youngest clientele, providing books, toys, crayons and paper to keep them entertained.
The kitchen will improvise according to season and availability, and additions to the menu are noted on the blackboard. The printed menu offers dishes inspired by Scandinavia; twists on the Swedish Kladdkaka, Danish Kartoffelkage (Danish puff under a layer of marzipan, filled with vanilla cream and rhubarb comfiture served with rhubarb sorbet – how delicious does that sound?) as well as a single variety of smørrebrød (rye bread, shrimps in mayonnaise sauce, egg, radishes and red onions), but mostly the menu consists of international versions of good, solid meals prepared by chefs who clearly enjoy what they do.
Lars, Lars and Lars occasionally host workshops, e.g. Sött och Salt, and dedicate whole evenings to Nordic gastronomy. The service is very attentive and helpful. The kitchen closes at 22:00, but on Fridays and Saturdays, Lars’ kitchen takes last orders at midnight. Drinks are served until the last customer leaves.
Lars, Lars & Lars is located in an enclave-like compound a short drive from Poznań’s city centre and worth it. If you are a foodie and a fashionista, there is enough on offer in City Park for an entire day or evening. Lars, Lars & Lars is just one of your choices for mealtimes, and when you need to stretch your legs, stroll around the historical grounds, which are characteristic and the biggest in the region of Wielkopolska. The buildings are in fact former barracks that once housed Prussian soldiers and were taken over by the Polish military after WWI. Nowadays, it is a luxury development with high-end residences, fashion boutiques, foreign trade chambers, gourmet restaurants, a brewery and a ***** hotel with a luxury spa.