Pierogi Ladies is basically a hipster haven. Hidden inside a small alleyway alongside some lane-houses, the walls are decorated with colorful paintings, the shelfs are lined with books (most are in Polish), and some of the chairs serve the multi-purpose function of a swing. The cherry on top is the cute in-house cat that roams around drinking water from the decorative flower glasses on the tables. Seclusive and quiet, Pierogi Ladies is the perfect place to catch up with friends.
The place was quite empty when we came on a Thursday night, and my friend and I were the only two around. The place started to fill up more as the night came around, and the crowd being all foreigners. As its name suggests, Pierogi Ladies specializes in polish dumplings with a variety to choose from, and they had a pretty extensive drink menu as well. I ordered the quesadilla pierogi and having never tired pierogies before, I was quite excited for the meal. An avid eater of Chinese dumplings, I was used to dipping my dumplings in vinegar. Who knew that fried dumplings could also taste so good when dipped in yogurt and cream. The cheddar cheese sprinkled on top of the chicken quesadilla dumplings gave it an extra boost and I loved how all the flavors melted in my mouth.
A good round of dumplings called for some desert, so we ordered their apple pie with ice cream. We were happy to find that they had a buy one get one free deal on the apple pie that day, but I think deals like that should have been mentioned at the start, when we were looking through the menu. In the end, the desert came out to be quite disappointing. The apple pie was too hard both on the crust and filling, and was a bit dull in flavor. Unfortunately, the scoop of ice cream on the side was too tiny in portion to balance the dull flavor of the entire pie, so I finished desert feeling not quite satisfied. It was very filling though so I’ll give it that.
Overall, would come back again for the pierogies and relaxing vibe, but will happily give deserts a miss. Overall tab was 160 rmb with the desert deal and without drinks.
Pierogi Ladies 2.0 opened a couple of weeks ago, and I went on the day of their opening for their all-you-can-eat pierogi deal. It was too good to be true. The people of Shanghai spoke loudly when they bought out the stock. It wasn't a total loss of a first visit, though. I enjoyed the adorable new location by sitting on one of the in-restaurant swing seats drinking buy-one-get-one Polish beer instead. It's definitely a place that's welcoming enough for a hangout. Forget coffee shops, Pierogi Ladies is the new place to hang. They're running all kinds of deals throughout the week. Pop in for happy hour Tuesday-Thursday from 5-7pm for drink deals or buy-one-get-one-free on pierogi every Tuesday from 6-9pm.
I went back a week later to order the classic pierogi, feta and spinach pierogi, and beetroot and goat cheese pierogi. Choosing my favorite would be far too difficult. Each plate came with a bowl of sour cream, so you can rest assured that you will have enough to get that perfect texture on your flavor palate. I'm keen to go back to try their weekend brunch, which is RMB 98 or 88 depending on your choice and includes pierogi with a number of delicious looking sides. It's not all delicious pierogi, though. There's also soups, salads and desserts to sample at this adorable little lane location.
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