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Cafe Europa Really Excellent Haute Russian - Long

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Cafe Europa Really Excellent Haute Russian - Long

StriperGuy | Mar 3, 2004 09:50 AM

Had dinner at Cafe Europa in Brookline Village last night.

Cafe Europa
213 Washington St
Brookline, MA
(617) 731-5070

I was really quite impressed.

For an appetizer we split the sauteed veg side. A bit on the small side, veggies, beets and some salad. Nothing too notable. From here it gets MUCH better.

For dinner I had the home smoked salmon pelmeni which were sublime. Delicate salmon, the lightest translucent wrapper. Cooked to perfection. Topped with a fluffy sour creamish topping with some salmon roe. Blew me away with its delicate subtlety. Really delicious.

My buddy had the chicken Devno which was rich and delicate at the same time. I nice pile of light mashed potatoes (whipped perhaps) and some of the same shredded beats that came with the veggies.

Dessert: Apple strudle, whole apple baked in pastry with some ice cream and whipped cream. Very nice though the cherry dumplings were better.

Cherry dumplings, sweet/tart cherry's in the same delicate pelmeni wrapper. Really excellent.

We had a delightful aussie shiraz for $22.

And split a glass of "semi-sweet" Georgian wine for dessert.

The total for the meal, with a very generous tip was $100. Amazing for the quality of the food and the fact that we essentially had 3 courses with excellent wine. I was so impressed by what a delicate hand the chef had with everything. Nearly every mouthful made us ooh and aaah. The food was sublime.

Only flaw I had was ordering a bit badly, the pelmeni and cherry dumplings were a bit too similar, and I was starving when I got there and the pelmeni is not a huge portion. Had I not been starving, it would certainly have been sufficient.

Run don't walk to Europa for the best value haute cuisine meal in Boston.

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