Open for one month, I’ve been there seven times. Service is charming. Two young women who clearly want to make this a good experience.
The hot borsht is the best I’ve ever had. With sliced beets, potatoes, and chunks of tender beef, topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprig of dill. Yum.
The Chicken Kotleti is my next favorite dish. Explained as a chicken cutlet, I thought it would be a sliced piece of chicken. Thankfully it was not. It’s ground chicken with special spices, breaded and deep fried. And as I’ve learned, it’s served with the same thing as all the dishes: pickled cabbage and lettuce. Note to file: These are best fries.
Beef Stroganoff is not great. Here’s the goulash, which is great, with mashed potatoes. I’m not sure what the difference is between stroganoff and goulash, but in this instance it’s mushrooms.
It’s expensive for lunch, but they have lunch specials. One day, they had Makaroni po flotskiy. I asked what it was and the waitress went to great lengths to remember, and then tell me this was the pasta “makaroni” that was served to the Russian navy.
It was basically spaghetti with hamburger and a little ketchup. But it was good. And it had the requisite pickled cabbage and lettuce.
The lunch special is normally $12-$13. If you order a’ la carte, it can get to $35 for lunch.