Senses, a Warsaw restaurant run by Andrea Camastra, has just received a Michelin star in the new edition of the Michelin Red Guide: Main Cities of Europe 2016. After Atelier Amaro, it is the second restaurant in Poland to be able to boast of the prestigious honour.
This year’s edition, which was revealed on 9th March 2016, includes a record number of Polish restaurants: 52 venues. Michelin inspectors appreciated 28 restaurants from Warsaw and 24 restaurants from Kraków. Thirteen of them were included in the guide for the first time. It is worth remembering that there are several different distinctions bestowed by Michelin: the famous stars for exceptional quality of food (one to three stars), cutlery symbols for décor, service and ambience (one to five fork & spoon sets), and the Bib Gourmand for ‘exceptional good food at moderate prices’.
Senses – innovative, elegant and modern cuisine
‘Innovative’, ‘elegant’ and ‘modern’ is how the Michelin investigators described Senses, appreciating their combination of traditional flavours with a modern approach towards food. They wrote:
As with the historic building in which it is housed, this formal restaurant connects tradition with modernity. Of the 3 set menus, most opt for the 7 course dinner to best experience cooking that is innovative, creative and at times theatrical, but also underpinned by classic Polish flavours.
The restaurant, which opened less than two years ago, is run by the charismatic chef Andrea Camastra, who previously worked at Wojciech Amaro’s and Robert Sowa’s restaurants. He emphasises:
Senses is about being honest and emotional about the food. Using the finest produce we are innovative and modern yet surprisingly familiar.