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The story of Prosta Historia (which literally means a simple story in Polish) is in fact not that simple. The restaurant was founded a few years ago, when simplicity wasn’t as widely appreciated as it is today. Bright interior, simple tables and minimalistic, yet relaxed decor was a pleasant change. White paint on the walls and wooden furniture are now both must-haves for a trendy place, but Prosta Historia had to lead the way of dusted knick-knacks. The size of the menu was another positive surprise: a handful of starters, two soups, salads, pastas and burgers.

The burgers. They served gourmet versions long before burger madness took over Warsaw. Prosta Historia was one of few alternatives to fast-food patties in soggy buns and sad, greasy fries. The trend for local meat suppliers, fresh, seasonal vegetables, freshly baked buns and homemade fries was starting right here. Today we can get a slow food burger on every corner of the city - at least that’s what the burger joints promise on therir omnipresent leaflets and banners. Personally, I feel that I’ve already consumed enough burgers for a lifetime and therefore had forgotten about Prosta Historia.

I don’t run any burger rankings, but having revisited Prosta Historia, I surmise they still serve the best burgers in town. The buns are pure perfection - crispy outside, marvelous softness inside. Delicate turkey meat is complemented by slightly spicy yoghurt sauce with sumac and chili, caramelised red onion and a thick slice of grilled eggplant. The homemade fries are heavenly, definitely the best I’ve had in a while.

I didn’t think I would ever sing the praises of a burger with fries again. To be completely honest, I didn’t think I would ever order a burger with fries again. Food is never a simple story.

Prosta Historia, ul. Francuska 24, Warsaw