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New Russian Resto on 108th St in Forest Hills

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New Russian Resto on 108th St in Forest Hills

tigerwoman | Mar 14, 2004 08:36 AM

Joining Salut and My Beautiful Bukara on the strip of 108th Street that runs from 63rd Drive to 65th Ave is a fairly new restaurant - I think they took over from the fish place that was there for a million years sometime in January. I noticed it but ignored it until yesterday when I went to pick up my shoes from the wonderful Russian shoemaker who I always enjoy chatting with. He was telling us about a kosher russian restaurant on Union Turnpike that had a nice atmosphere and wonderful food (in his opinion) that he took his wife to for their anniversary (he's a young guy maybe in his 30's and we always talk about food and culture)

Anyway, he was telling us how one of his American customers was complaining about how she was served at the new restaurant around the corner. That they brought the babaganoush and the kebabs at the same time and by the time they finished eating the babaganoush (which they saw as an appetizer) the kebab meat was cold. He tried to explain that it was a cultural difference and that the babaganoush was a side dish not an appetizer back in the old country. So we asked him how the food was at this place and he thought it was pretty good.
We were hungry, it was 1:00 and we walked around the corner and decided to give it a whirl. We had the Korean Carrot Salad, split a bowl of Lagman and had bread with some Lulya Kebabas and Lamb Shish Kebabs. It was very very tasty. My favorite was the Korean Carrot Salad which was fresh, zesty and spicy - dotted with small pieces of chilis (Kimchee?) but not mouth searingly hot just tingly and sooooo tasty.

The meat was delicious and not overcooked - we like lamb on the rare side. and the Lagman was good (not spectacular but good) and not greasy - which can be a problem. We used to buy Lagman - we love the thick homemade style noodles - although I suspect that some places use Japanese Udon noodles which is fine, but when you get the homemade irregular shaped ones it adds a further dimension to the soup. This one could have been pre made noodles, hard to tell.

It was Friday afternoon and there were only two other tables with Russian speaking patrons in attendance. The place is a cross between tacky and gaudy but the food and service were pleasant and delicious. Overall a winner in my book. I would go there just for the carrot salad which although a standard in the "stan" country restaurants was head and shoulders above the norm. Last time I had one that good was years ago in the Kew Gardens place before they reincarnated so many times. Problem with some of these businesses is that they change hands frequently - as well as chefs/cooks too I am sure. My Beautiful Bukara has been at least 5 different but related food businesses over the last 8-10 years.

Anyway this one is called
Restaurant Fortuna
64-06 108th Street
Forest Hills, NY
718 896 6661

ways to get there via subway, you have a few choices.
Can talk R train to 63rd drive and walk to 108th Street or you can take R or E/F to Continental and take the bus to 108th Street get off when you see the stores if you miss the first before the stores stop around 65th Ave then go to the next stop and walk back (that will be the end of the strip of stores around 63rd Dr.) I may not have the exact bus stops streets but you will see stores after a bunch of apartment buildings and shuls.

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