This place just opened a week or so ago, very nice and a really unique resource as far as I know, in the south OC area.
There are a few small tables and chairs, but most of the area in this bright and airy space overlooking Lake Forest Blvd is taken up by aisles and shelves full of Russian items both sweet and savory. There are lots of fascinating juices and sodas, individually wrapped sweets and chocolates (which are truly delicious!), teas of course, frozen dumpling items (pelemenis and varations thereof), Russian butters, sauces and so on. There is also a cold case filled with various Russian style sausages, cheeses, and other charcuterie-type items. Atop this case sits freshly made pieroshki, danishes....
Also in the cold case is a variety of very reasonably priced caviars...amazingly reasonable in fact, like 6 bucks for a good - sized tin. Intriguing...
There are also locally-made breads in the eastern european style..hearty rye breads etc.
Atop the shelves on the far wall even sit bags of branches and leaves in different varieties, all for the purpose of beating your fellow comrade in the sauna with (for circulation improvement and other percieved benefits, I believe).
Elena, the woman running the place and co-owner (I believe), is very welcoming and gracious, and she was happy to answer my questions about the items, many of which were somewhat new to me.
I bought some delicious-looking chicken pelemeni (from the freezer case), and also had to get a container of sour cherry vereneki, which I was really intrigued with as Elena explained to me that they are not really dessert items but rather can be enjoyed as a side or main, with some (russian style, of course) sour cream as a topping / sauce. So what could be bad ???
They have a menu of items to be enjoyed for lunch etc., but unfortunately I didn't have a look - will have to go back soon !
22722 Lambert Street
Lake Forest CA 92630
Hours of Operation:
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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