There are many good things about the Russian Café, but the Café is not one of them.
The deli has cold cuts from NY and kielbasa from Chicago. It has one of the most extensive selections of frozen blinis, pierogi and Russian dumplings. There were some nice looking frozen fruit blinis with golden eggy wrappers. These home made frozen blinis were not made by the restaurant.
There was also a nice plump looking unmarked poppyseed roll in addition to Renatas.
The store seems to carry a selection items that are made by locals and not the regular bakeries. There were some beautiful jellied candies, think Brachs orange slices. Sauls in Berkeley carries some similar jellies, but not as fabulous looking as those at the Russian Cafe. The halvah mentioned in the link below looked outstanding also.
There was the usual selection of local Eastern European breads as well as a few from Los Angeles bakeries. In addition to the cold cuts and sausages, there was a cheese case and a selection of smoked fish.
I was in there looking for Polish food, so those items interested me the most. They had three Polish beers: Zyweic, O.K.Beer Okocim, Warka. There was also Polish vodka available.
The link below explains all the Deli has to offer much, much better.
Off to the side is a little café area with a few café tables, a few picnic tables and a small bar. The problem is with the hot food.
The stuffed cabbage was big, but didnt have any spices or much flavor. A little tomato sauce clung to it. It came with buttery rice mixed with canned succatosh.
The blinis were flabby with an awful texture.They were nicely browned, but there was no buttery taste.
The fillings were good. The beef was nicely flavored with dill. The farmers cheese was pleasantly sweet.
I had a nice cold glass of tangy black current juice.
I ordered Solyank soup to compare with Renatas Café. It looked nice with a sliced lemon, chopped black olives and a dollop of sour cream on top. However, it was tastless.
The two slices of bread with the soup were stale. Looking at the bread in the grocery I thought I spotted an olive bread. It wasnt olives. It was mold.
In terms of cold cuts, cheese, smoked fish, sausages, groceries (excluding bread) and frozen items, I think Russian Café is very good. I don't plan to eat at the cafe again.
Russian Cafe & Deli
1712 Winchester Blvd
Campbell, CA 95008
Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m
Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Heres a link to a newspaper review about the Café.
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