At the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. & Crescent Heights in West Hollywood, in what used to be a skanky rock club, is a Russian deli that I've always wanted to scope out. Went there yesterday and took home the following:
Borodinskly bread -- a loaf of an amazing black rye bread, the rye flavor being not predominant, a hint brown sugar and caramel. Wow!
beet salad - chopped beets with pieces of potato and small flecks of cucumber. I love beets, this was somewhat bland and disappointing.
Pureed eggplant - whenever I find this anywhere, I order it. This was astoundingly good. Eggplant and tomato, spiced with red pepper. Scooped it up with the bread. Yum.
Bureks -- The spinach/feta was only fair. Didn't like the flavor of their feta much. The chicken burek was amazing, chopped chicken beautifully spiced, wrapped in phyllo pastry.
Pork medallion -- This is a true find. I will come back for this dish again and again. The pork is covered in a cream sauce, cooked with sliced mushrooms and pieces of red bell pepper, spiced with hot paprika. (It resides in a pan, on top of the sausage/salami case)
They had an extensive selection of salamis from Eastern Europe. I bought a medium/ hot one after tasting several. There must be at least 20 salads, as well as stuffed cabbage and other meat dishes in one case, and a large selection of fish items as well. I was in a rush and didn't get a chance to look at all the little items on their shelf. So much to try, so little time.