Hard Rock Cafe Krakow

I realise that my last post was a foodie one from Krakow, but you have no idea how difficult it is to keep this post in my drafts, knowing that it has ridiculously sexy photos on like that burger up there. When we went to Poland, my birthday fell on the last day we had there and one of the things I really wanted to do was eat in Hard Rock Cafe. I realise that that's one of the most touristy things you can do, but I absolutely love it (plus, I wanted to get a pin and would be rude to not eat there too.) So after a day of shopping, sight-seeing and visiting a cat cafe, we headed there for an early tea and we weren't disappointed!

I think it's worth pointing out that the prices here were like every other Hard Rock Cafe - not crazy expensive, but more costly than eating at a non-branded restaurant. If you were on a budget in Krakow, there are tons of other places to eat that would would cost you less than £20 for a whole meal, but this is something that is a bit more of a treat. Now, I haven't been to too many Hard Rocks - I've been to the one in Edinburgh a couple of times and a few in the States - but this one was one of my faves, purely because of its location.

You'll find Hard Rock Cafe Krakow right next door to St. Mary's Basilica. It's a lot smaller than I expected, and when you walk through the front door, you're in the merch shop, which is in front of a small bar area. The whole thing felt a little bit cramped to me and I thought "surely you don't eat here?" And I was right! The restaurant is upstairs and we were seated at a table that meant I could see the Basilica through a window in front of me, and the Old Town square to the left. It was absolutely gorgeous, especially when the sunlight started to fade!
The pair of us went for burgers, which is absolutely no shock. We're both massive burger fans, particularly J, so it was a no brainer. He went for the Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger, which is the burger in the first photo. You can't tell me that it doesn't look scrumptious! It was topped with Jameson whisky bacon jam and Guinness cheese sauce, and the usual lettuce and tomato. He said that his favourite bit was the actual meat because it had been cooked so perfectly. It was still tender and juicy, and not dried our from cooking. Of course, he loved the whisky bacon jam, as it combined two of his favourite things, and it worked so well with the cheese sauce and the meat. As always, the burger came with a side of Hard Rock's unbeatable fries (seriously, please tell me a burger place that does fries like these!) and we also got a portion of onion rings.

The burger I went for was a little disappointing in comparison to J's, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. I had the Big Cheeseburger and it's name kind of explains perfectly what it is. It's a burger with three different types of cheeses on top, lettuce and tomato. As you can see from the image above, it's not quite as impressive as J's and the cheese wasn't melted on to the meat, which is how I prefer my cheeseburgers. When we do homemade burgers, I'll always add cheese on top then pop the meat under the grill for a couple of minutes to create a gooey layer. Again, I thought the meat had been cooked really well and not for too long, resulting in a seriously moreish and tender burger. The only thing that could have improved it for me was melted cheese (and more fries because hot damn, they're so good!).
As it was my birthday, we absolutely had to have dessert, despite our tummies starting to feel a little full from our burgers. J opted for the Oreo cheesecake, which is a New York-style cheesecake full of cookie pieces and an Oreo crust, topped off with creamy-honey sour cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. This completely finished J off and I had to practically roll him back to the apartment. It had a super thick consistency, which is what you'd expect from a New York cheesecake, and it had a ridiculously rich cookies and cream flavour. I only got to have a little sample of it, but what I had was absolutely scrumptious. However, my heart had been captured by another...

I went for the homemade apple cobbler and oh my, it was insanely beautiful. It had a layer of spiced apple slices, cooked until a gorgeous brown, and topped with walnut crumble, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. It was so good that I managed to finish the whole thing, even though I felt pretty fit to burst. It was so warming and the cinnamon worked so well with the apple. I could quite happily eat another bowl of this right now, actually! Both desserts gave me the inspiration to bake, so keep your eyes out over the next few months for Oreo or apple-themed goodies!
After we'd finished our food, the pair of us waddled home, happily full and ready for bed. We thoroughly enjoyed the food that we'd had and the place we'd been sitting. The atmosphere was similar to that of other Hard Rocks - loud music and excited tourists, which are things that I don't mind. They help to make Hard Rock what it is! I'd happily visit this restaurant again and continue to be the stereotypical tourist that I am. Who knows, maybe one day, I'll visit a branch and have something that isn't a burger!

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