Saint-Henri is getting a new spot that will be serving up authentic Polish comfort food that is perfect for those chilly autumn days.
Café Baba Yaga will be opening its doors on September 25 and diners will be able to fill up on pierogis, cabbage rolls, charlokta and so much more.
Daily Hive had the chance to catch up with Café Baba Yaga’s co-owner Monika Terlecki (who is also the co-owner of L’Orignal) to find out more about the Saint-Henri’s newest spot for Polish fare.
Daily Hive: Can you tell us more about how you came up with the concept for Café Baba Yaga?
Terlecki: We wanted to do a Polish menu. I was reading a book a friend had given me about female characters in folklore and I actually opened the book on the story of Baba Yaga and Vasilla the Beautiful. It felt like the universe was giving me a direction! It’s a lunch and take away spot so its menu is made to come fast! Comfort food from my childhood.
Daily Hive: Tell us a little more about the menu. What are some standout dishes?
Terlecki: Pierogis of all sorts, with a weekly surprise pierogi where we will never divulge what’s in it. We will also have dessert pierogis. Our cabbage rolls and krokety are really hardy, and our turkey schnitzel sandwich is great for lunch. We have pastries such as paczki, charlotka and rogalki – which work perfectly for both breakfast or an afternoon snack!
Daily Hive: Where are these recipes from? Are they passed down from family?
Terlecki: Most recipes are from my mom who is Polish and has tons of family recipe books. Other recipes are from friends with Russian and Ukrainian backgrounds!
Daily Hive: If someone has never tried Polish food before, what are some good dishes to start with?
Terlecki: Pierogis for sure and borscht. Both are very traditional foods.
Daily Hive: Tell us more about your pierogis, what variations can we expect?
Terlecki: We will have a mushroom and sauerkraut pierogi, beef and onion pierogi, potato and cheese curd pierogi, and dessert pierogis!
Daily Hive: On a chilly fall day, what is a go-to dish?
Terlecki: Cabbage rolls for sure as well as bigos (a beef stew with prunes)! Our various soups are also great to warm up with – whether it’s borscht, dill pickle soup or rosl.
Address: 3279 St Jacques St, Montreal
Opening: Café Baba Yaga will open on Monday, September 25. Hours will be from 7 am until 7 pm Monday–Friday for first few weeks.