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A bargain Russian feast

Adsvino | Mar 30, 200512:20 PM

Parents were in town this weekend. Decided to try something new, went to Traktir on Santa Monica Blvd. Near Crescent Heights. I am TOTALLY new to Russian food. We ordered 3 apps to start, and the waiter brought two shots of vodka they infuse there (pepper and raspberry-pepper the best—not spicy). House cured salmon with dilled potatoes, a Russian vegetable salad with sour cream dressing and Pelmeni, miniature dumplings. All the portions were big for appetizers and delicious—faultless, really. The salmon was thick cut and oily, with great flavor and the dumplings were simply incredible. The three of us were almost full when we realized we also ordered a sandwich to share, a layered affair of roasted peppers, cooked egg with rounds of sausage and other vegetables on soft bread. It was so good we almost finished this as well. Parents loved it. Don’t know how authentic it is but the place was filled with Russians, no Americans but us.

Total for 3 of us: $29.01 (vodka’s comped)

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