I just returned from the Russian Village Cafe (1627 Beacon street ,Brookline, MA 02446, (617)566-3340) after having wanted to try it for ages.
It recently expanded (the food store on the first floor moved up the street and the restaurant moved to the first floor leaving the upstairs for the banquet space. It was a mix of Russian tacky/shabby chic complete with live Russian disco music blaring from the banquet floor.
The food was much better than expected. A full menu (but no wild mushroom soup tonight) Our appetizers were a succulent tongue with horseradish (horseradish could have been slightly more tangy), nice firm half sour pickles cherry tomatoes and a perfectly made sour cabbage salad with dill. I also had a Solianka (soup with sausage, pickles and other veggies)-- this was weak--needed a bit more zing. Main dishes were smoked eel with wine sauce and beef stroganoff with mushrooms. Both were very decent. The eel was not dry and the sauce was slightly glazed giving it a hint of sweetness. We both had buckwheat kasha which was very light and fluffy.
Wine list was a bit sparse but they had all wines by bottle or glass-- we had a dry Georgian red which was only OK. Service was friendly but forgetful-- only 7 tables in a room with room for 12.
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