Last week the hubby and I celebrated our 13th anniversary. We wanted to have a special dinner and since I have been dying to try this place after reading about it on this board, we decided to try it. We arrive at a typical looking North East philly strip center and see the place. Unlike almost every other Kosher place I have been to in this country it did NOT have 15 foor high lettersscreaming "we are kosher" in flashing neon lights. Yet t IS infact Kosher (their certificate is hung on the wall as you enter making it hard to miss. The sign on the centers bigger sign says it is Russian/European Cusine. WOW did we make a fabulous choice!
The decor is interestiong. Lots of gold and red and mirrors (I kinda felt like I was in South Philly and not the NorthEast, but it was nice. The room had a stage at one end with really talented Jazz combo. Lovely music and a really great voice from one of the performers. He sang in English and Russian ans I think Hebrew.
Ok being this is chowhound, I guess you want to know about the food. YUM! It was fabulous! Here is what we had:
After we ordered the super sweat and kind server brought a basket of grilled fresh and warm rye bread. It was hard to not eat the entire basket on my pwn!
We started with a sea food crepe. Not only was it so good, but it was HUGE! More thsn enought for two to share.The crepe was light and perfect and filled with faux crab and a deish sauce. It was served on a LONG rectangular plate and covered with sauce and more crab and cut into serverl serving sized pieces. i can not wait to go back again to get this vwery dish!
After this amazing start we had our entrees. My husband loves lamb and thanks to our sweat server he was convinced to get the leg of lamb over mashed potatoes. I wont eat lamb (personal hang up) but I did yry the potatos - smooth and full of flavor and the sauce which had some veggies in it- I kinfa wih I ate lamb as the sauce was so good!
I had Chicken Kiev and grilled veggies. Such a yummy crust on very moist and tastey chicken. Deish, fresh grilled veggies that looked so pretty on my plate: red pepper, yellow squash and zuchini I alomist didn't want to eat them, they looked so pretty on the plate. The plate also had some fried potatoes (similar to sticks) with a purple orchid on top. WE had purple orchids as part of our wedding flowers which made it even more special:)
After filling out tummys we somehow found room for dessert. Ou lovely server brought out a desseet tray of yummy things and then said there was one more dessert available, but not on the tray but the people in the kitchen said we;d know the desseet by name; ahh they know me too well as we did - it was tiramisu one of my all time favs:) I had a slice of that, my hubby had a decadent brinie. Both we very good, excellent,e specially for parve desserts!
Our server was so kind and nice and helpful. We said that we had heard of this place and it came highly recomeneded. She entioned that it was kosher and that many Othodox Jews ate there. It was so cute as she thought we didn;t know:)
The night we were there there was a birthday party for a Russian woman who was there with her family who seemed to be having a BLAST. Anothe rparty came in when we were there, but despite the two large groups the service was GREAT! We can not wait to go back. I am hoping for a Saturday or Sunday night so we can dance (they have dance music those nights)
If you have the chance i HIGHLY recomend stopping here for dinner. They also have some really nice lunch specials if you cant make it later in the day.