Went to BB on Friday for our monthly food provisions and something special for NYE, and stopped by Eastern Feast (Uzbek restaurant at 1003 Brighton Beach Ave) for a quick bite. A quick bite it was not. Since it was just a 'light' lunch, we only ordered a cold appetizer combo, manti (steamed dumplings), fried pelmeni (ravioli) and a stick of lamb kebob.
We should've walked out from the start when the waiter brought us both chipped glasses and my fork had a rice stuck in it. The appetizer combo had hummus, babaganouj, roasted eggplants, carrot salad, mushrooms, tomato salad. Hummus and baba were unremarkable, but the roasted eggplants were really good, mushrooms and carrots ok. Next time will only order eggplants. Manti and ravioli came quick. I liked the manti, with meat hand chopped in big pieces, very juicy and fatty. Needed some onions, but the meat made up for the flavor. May be not to the taste to people who are used to more finely minced (in a food processor) meat with more spices. Ravioli was big disappointment, flavorless, dry meat, deep fried making both meat and dough really dry.
After we were done with salads, manti and ravioli, we had to wait at least 45 min for our kebobs. There was a big group of teenagers and maybe that's why they backed up, but the wait was forever. The room was filled with smoke from the grill, making staying in that place for longer than 20 min even more unpleasant. When our kebobs finally arrived they were out of this world! Big fat juicy well marinated meat, very tender. Too bad we had to wait forever for just a stick of meat (there were plenty), but it was too late to order more.
When our bill arrived we had some mysterious 'service charge' added to it. The owner told me it was a service charge to pay busboys. When asked if that meant they accepted no tips, he said no the tips were not included in that charge. I was ticked off that they just put a charge that they don't warn about especially after serving us broken glasses and a dirty fork!
In conclusion, the food was ok except for the best shashlik in town, service slow - it took us two hours and we missed the sunset! Next time we are ordering out and only shashlik (kebobs)!
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