Checked out Russian Family Restaurant in downtown Redwood City with Dee Glaze and a friend last night and enjoyed the food. It really is a family restaurant. The husband runs the front of the house and his wife is in the back cooking. The place was about half-full at 7:00p on a Thursday evening .
We loved the Ukrainian borscht (Borshch Ukrainskiy). It was nicely balanced with plenty of beet and beef-stock flavors with lots of veggies, too. A big dollop of sour cream brought it all together. DeeGlaze started with the Salad “Vinegret,” or beet salad which was bright diced-up beets and kidney beans with a light vinegar dressing.
For main courses we tried the mushroom dumplings (Pelmeny s Gribami) as well as Siberian-style beef dumplings (Pelmeny Myasom). These were doughy and densely packed with deep, rich flavors, as you’d expect accompanied by a sour cream dipping sauce. Some caramelized onions helped the mushroom dumplings. The most successful dish was Grandma’s Patties (Babushkiny Zrazy). These are mashed potato packets stuffed with finely ground beef topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. Very comforting and delicious. Some sour pickles and raw scallions on the side helped cut the starch and beefiness.
The tab for three appetizers, three main courses and soft drinks came to $85 before tip. We were happy with our selections and all agreed that we would return. Everything seemed fresh and well-prepared. The husband/owner is a character and as the night progressed was putting away vodka after vodka with some of his cronies at an adjacent table. The vibes are friendly and the food is comforting. Give it a shot.
Russian Family Restaurant
2086 Broadway Redwood City