Got some good homecooked Russian food from Samovar. The cooked food is from the refrigerator inside the store while the baked goods are near the entrance and the register.
Solyanka/ smoked meat soup
Beef cabbage roll
Samarkand-style lamb pilaf ($7.99)
samsa (baked meat pie)
feta cheese pie
I am quite fond of the cooked items. The smoked meat soup is cooked with lots of dill, and a variety of smoked meats- sausage, meat cubes, shredded meat, and either cucumbers or pickles that gave the flavors to the soup. A bit tart, a bit smoky- comfy and delicious.
The beef cabbage roll has minced meat in the middle combined with rice, wrapped with cabbage on the outside. Simply prepared but well seasoned.
The Samarkand-style lamb pilaf is based on pilaf styles from Central Asia. Moist saffron-colored pilaf came with well seasoned and tender lamb cubes.
My wife and I are less fond of the baked goods. Perhaps those are more catered to Eastern European tastes.
They got a number of other soups as well- the borscht, chicken noodle, yogurt soup. Other items such as salad and meatloaf were also available.
I didn’t get the pelmeni/ vareniki as I was in a hurry and didn’t want to wait for the dish to be prepared in the kitchen. So I will try that and the other soups, especially the reputable borscht, next time. Samovar provides good, simple homecooked Russian/ Eastern European prepared food for the South Bay. They have 3 tables where you can eat the food and they can heat it up for you. They also sell grocery. Not quite incognito, but let’s just say their sign is pretty small on the outside.
What else do people like here?