Our cuisine never fails, as served combinations of flavours turn each visit in Restaurant & Bar Cristal into a special pleasure. Friendly atmosphere and excellent service ensure that both lunches and exquisite dinners stick out in the memory for a long time.
Enthusiast of the Polish cuisine, especially Podlasie region. Łukasz started his career in gastronomy with an internship in Hotel Bristol as Karol Okrasa’s disciple. He perfected his skills also in one of the best restaurants in the country, Amber Room in Warsaw, run by Wojciech Modest Amaro.
In 2012 he was nominated to the title of the “Chef – discovery of the year” by magazine „Kuchnia”. In 2015 Łukasz took up the position of Chef in the Restaurant & Bar Cristal and already a year after that has joined a tight circle of 34 Chefs and restaurants recommended by the Slow Food Poland organization. Moreover, in order to benefit from Łukasz’s culinary art, Regional Restaurant Żubrówka has also became his cooking arena. Dishes created by Rakowski may now be tasted both in Białystok and Białowieża.
This outstanding Chef is fascinated by local and traditional products, starting from the widely known ones and finishing on those forgotten. Culinary tradition cultivated in his family from generations influenced him to the extent that regional products are base for each of his dishes and projects. Podlasie region from which he comes from, is for Łukasz a true treasure trove of flavours and aromas.
Restaurant & Bar Cristal carries the crown of “the best restaurant” in Białystok for years. These claims can be supported by manifold awards and achievements that we can boast:
2016 – recommendation of the International Slow Food Organization
2017 – The Best Breakfast among Best Western Hotels chain
2018 – highest ranked restaurant in Podlasie among Gault & Millau Poland
2018 – The Best Breakfast among Best Western Hotels chain
2018 – among 100 best restaurants in Poland according to Poland 100 Best Restaurant guide
2018 – Restaurant Week – the most popular restaurant, the best atmosphere and 3rd place as the best restaurant in Podlasie
2019 – 2023 among 100 best restaurants in Poland according to Poland 100 Best Restaurant guide
2019 – highest ranked restaurant in Podlasie among Gault & Millau Poland
2019 – The Award of Excellence – according to American magazine Wine Spectator
2019 – among 12 best restaurants in Poland qualified to the competition Wine & Food Noble Night – final will take place on 12th of October 2019 – https://www.facebook.com/WineAndFoodNobleNight/videos/1184169218420638/