After an urban anthropological site visit to Kings Plaza mall--definitely one of the more interesting malls this country has to offer--I decided I wanted to eat something Russian-y. So I yelped Chicken Tabaka and drove over to this place on Sheepshead Bay road right near the train station.
I could tell from the menu that it was going to be a winner...all sorts of non-Kebab dishes, the usual plovs, lagmans, some samsas, a bunch of salads with no descriptions of what they contain which is often a good sign.
The waiter was very helpful and instructed me to order the Ali-Baba salad, which was made with pan-fried eggplant. I went for the fried lagman, since my friend recently travelled to Kazakhstan and was going on about their fried noodle dish (though he wasn't a fan of the fermented horse milk.) Also got a lamb samsa and a pot of green tea.
This salad--carefully cut thin, rectangular slices of tomato, red and green pepper, supple chunks of eggplant, pickled green peppers, red onion and parsley--just screamed out garlicky, acidic, salty, aggressive deliciousness.
The lagman was fresh noodles, irregularly shaped, chewy with a nice give, sauteed (just greasy enough) with beef, some red peppers, topped with a shredded omelette and some fresh tarragon and parsley. It was great.
The samsa was made to order, a double sided lamb and cumin filled dough pocket. The filling reminded me a bit of the lamb "burger" at Xian Famous Foods, but much less aggressively spiced. It was my least favorite of the three things I ordered, still pretty wonderful though.
Tea was quite posh, whole leaf, served in a porcelain pot with a dish of sugar cubes.
I need to get back there and try more dishes. The kind folks who run the place told me they opened a few weeks before Sandy and were flooded. It's been somewhat of a rough opening. So I figured that I'd (selfishly) do my part to help out with victims of the storm by writing a rare CH review because I want to take my boyfriend here after the new year and I would be majorly pissed if it was gone and I couldn't share it with him.
So, check it out. It's right near the Q stop at Sheepshead Bay, plenty easy to get to and well worth the trip.
1652 Sheepshead Bay Rd.