On a recent day trip between Slovakia and Krakow we decided to stop and get lunch along the roadside. The trip takes around four hours total especially along the mountain roads and the scenery is gorgeous. Now Targ is one of the bigger towns along the way and sits around half way so it seemed like a good spot to eat.
We actually stopped at a highly rated very traditional eatery first but they were out of pierogies! This is one of the main delights we were looking to try especially stopping in Poland all the way from the Americas. So we decided to look elsewhere in town.
Absynt is just as trippy a restaurant as its named declares. The outside looks like a house in a standard neighborhood, but inside the walls are a twisted conglomeration of colored glass, hypnotic formations and irregular shapes. This is just keeping with the theme and adding to the attraction of the name.
What is truly otherworldly however here is the food. The setting is traditional Polish favorites meet modern interpretations where the presentation may look different but the flavors are stunningly serene. We ordered some traditional favorites like pierogies and beet soup which was delicious. The staff were delightfully friendly and accommodated us very well in English as we spoke no Polish.
The food was fantastically affordable but the quality was top notch, it was the best meal we have had in several trips to Poland and we recommend it unhesitatingly to anyone driving in or exploring the southern frontier between Krakow and Zakopane.