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Russian Bistro Tea House and South Bay Piroski Crawl

Krys | Feb 22, 200503:13 AM

The Piroski Crawl Rankings

Renata’s Bakery & Café
Large oval shaped flat piroski. Buttery slightly lumpy (in a good way) potato with dill filling. For $1.35 it is a filling lunch. There is a beef version which must be good because it is always sold out. Both piroski’s sell out early on the weekend.

Russian Cafe
Big potato shaped piroski. There was very little flavor in either the exterior or the fillings. The ground beef was generous. The cabbage … Boiled cabbage inside a roll … No, I don’t think so.

Russian Bisto
Smaller piroski than the Russian Café. The exterior was stale but it had a nice buttery potato filling.

I don’t even like piroskis. However, they looked good at the Russian Bistro. Unfortunately they were the worst due to staleness. I continued the crawl because the owner of Renata’s kept telling me how his were the best, how much every one loved them and he was starting to sulk each time I decided not to buy one. He was right. He does make the best piroski with the best exterior and tasty fillings. One of these days I hope to try the beef.

Microwaving piroskis will remove a stale taste, but they increase the greasiness 1000% … yes, one thousand percent.

The Russian Bistro is a modern looking, clean restaurant. I only had the piroski and some Russian tea (tastes like Lipton). The tea house is a little bit of a stretch. They only have the one bagged Russian tea.

There was a glass bakery case which was pretty much sold out by time I stopped by late in the afternoon. They make there own poppyseed roll. There were some hard cookies that looked like Portuguese biscotos, but they were Russian. . Large plastic bags were filled with pumpkin seeds.

There was a small deli with some large wheels of cheese. In the back was a dairy section which had a cheese called ‘sweet kiss’. There were some different and good looking glass jars of fruits like black currents and strawberries. Fat jars of of some sort of eggplant spread looked appealing. They had wines and beers, but the wine was only sold by the bottle.

There were plastic bags of six inch whole fish next to the register. They had a lot of local Eastern European breads, a few from Los Angeles bakeries and a cinnamon raisin bread from Latvia.

I might stop by in the future to try some soup, blintes and stuffed cabbage. The requisite tv was tuned into Russian cable. The news was on and they were discussing Condoleezza Rice.

Here’s a link to the website with the menu. The hot Pastrami and the Veal Roulette sandwiches might be worth checking out.

Russian Bistro
2080 S. Bascom Ave.
Campbell, California 95008
408.879.8077 telephone
408.879.8078 fax


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