History of U Fukiera

The history of this unique place goes back to the beginning of the sixteenth century. The famous wine merchant, Grzegorz Korab, built a town house in the Warsaw market square and opened a wine store in its cellars. The Fukier family appeared among the owners in the early eighteenth century and over the following years put aside the oldest and the best wines, which for centuries adorned their impressive collection. By the nineteenth century, it had became a collection of the oldest wines in the world. The end came in 1939, when the Nazi occupiers of Warsaw stripped Fukier cellars of the treasures. After the war, the “U Fukiera” house was among the first to be rebuilt.

Fukier unites seemingly distant worlds and spaces. Its visitors include top politicians, aristocrats, artists and journalists. The common denominator for all the visitors is the desire to know and understand the real Poland – its taste, its scent, its colour. It is the search for the uniqueness of the flavour that attarcts so many distinguished guests to our tables. In 1991, Princess Anne Mountbatten-Windsor, the British Princess Royal, paid a visit. She was stunned by the white menu, created especially for her by Magda Gessler, consisting in, among others, white cream-of-vegetables soup with whipped cream, celeriac, leek and young potatoes, veal roasted in butter and white wine, served with asparagus mousse, and a Lenten cheese pascha made without egg yolks, with lemon juice. It was here that Felipe González met in 1993 the then Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka and was as impressed by the Spanish flag created by the arrangement of watermelon and oranges as by the taste of the Polish roast duck with apples.

It’s “U Fukiera” that Her Majesty Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark from the Glücksburg dynasty was enchanted by the flavour and aroma of the Polish Boletus (porcini) mushrooms. In 1995, Yitzhak Rabin thanked Magda here for a taste of the dill brined pickled gherkins, with the real Polish horseradish, and it’s here that Madeleine Albright eats on almost every of her visits to Poland, often accompanied by Zbigniew Brzezinski. Roman Polanski is delighted every time he gets the chance to taste the Fukier’s borscht with lovage-flavoured ‘kolduny’ dumplings, while Claudia Schiffer’s favours the Polish herring served here. Fukier’s tables also saw Javier Solana, Henry Kissinger, Catherine Deneuve, Naomi Campbell and the Queen of Spain, Sophia.

Today, “U Fukiera” is the only historic restaurant in Warsaw which maintains, without a compromise, not only the pre-WW2 traditions, but also those going back to the seventeenth century.