A hearty, rich borscht with all the comforting flavours of vegetables and beef and a lovely level of oil is every bit as excellent as I imagined when I read about it here on this board a bit more than a year ago.
The mushroom soup (of the day) was also wonderfully homey, full of foresty flavours.
Khinkali (sp?)/lamb dumplings were filled with a minced lamb with a resonant flavour, tickled by a good amount of mint. The skins nicely firm, if a bit thick and doughy. Served in a shallow pool of bright, comfy (chicken?) broth; a good amount of rich and heavy sour cream on the side.
Beef-filled pelmeni weren't as interesting, but competent nevertheless.
Also very satisfying were the stuffed vegetables, packed with rice and minced meef, in a tomato sauce.
Ginger cake for dessert had a sparing amount of ginger, but was reasonably moist. The napolean had the perfect ratio of creamy custardy filling to pastry and made an extremely favourable impression on us all, even if the pastry was a little soft, without the dry brittle crackle of a thousand leaves.
Perhaps we'll try the Armenian section of the menu next time.
Also, a neat, small selection of Russian groceries, including teas and chocolates.
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