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European Market & Deli by way of Hong Kong BBQ (Castro Valley)

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European Market & Deli by way of Hong Kong BBQ (Castro Valley)

Cecelia | Sep 30, 2005 10:07 PM

Well, my girlfriend and I were all set to enjoy lunch at Hong Kong BBQ in CV (as suggested by Melanie and discussed by the "Sauce"--see link below). We had the East Bay Express in our hot little hands, as well as Sauce's recommendations and cautions.

But, we were sidetracked by a "European Market and Deli" that is nestled on the side of HKBBQ. Just taking a peak inside, we saw that a small lunch room had been set up in a really unusual market. And, glancing at the menu, we decided to stay.

We're talking Russian and Ukranian. The owners do not speak much English, but they are so polite and excited and just a pleasure to try and order from.

The place was empty when we arrived and remained so throughout our meal. Decor non-existent, but not a big deal with me.

We ordered, pointing to what we wanted on the lamenated menu, and were then handed some rather stale rye bread and butter with chilled water. Not a good beginning, but things were to improve from then on. The restaurant staff clearly man the deli and market and you'd better be ok with that if you want to enjoy the meal.

I got the Borscht for a mere 2.99 -- a chuncky soup with loads of beets (my fav.), potatoes and cabbage. Served with a sprinkling of dill and a dab of sour cream, it was a filling, flavorful meal. I needn't have ordered anything else, really, but decided to get a couple of the peroshki (excuse the spelling, I don't know much about Russian/Polish/Czech/etc. food). I had them stuffed with "meat" (acutally a chicken mince) and mashed potatoes. The pastry was buttery and flaky and I fell in love.

Mathilde ordered the blinzes filled with chicken and polished off with a simple bechemal sauce. Again flavored with dill, it was delightful.

With two glasses of house wine (mediocre), we spent about 15.00 (not including tip). It was a pleasure.

An added bonus for us in CV, is the market that is appended to the restaurant (or vice a versa). Chock full of Greek, Russian and all kinds of other eastern Eurpoean specialties (I don't know enough to even begin to translate the hyroglypics of the various languages there), including fresh cheeses, meats and pastries, I was down right stunned. The deli counter and fridge has all kinds of homemade pastries, prepared meats and other dishes, and stuffed kinds of things (???). I didn't know what I was asking about but was enthralled with the variety and the tasty presentations.

The restaurant has no posted times but when asked, the owner said that it stays open with the market, until about 8:00 p.m.

Cece

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