A couple of lunch visits to this Russian restaurant in Jimbocho.
Russian Hamburger(Y1000). When I cut it into half, hot juice from the veggy in the middle came out. Very nice!
Borscht and Russian bread come with ALL lunch sets. I haven’t been to that many proper Russian restaurants so I can’t really judge but the Borscht here is the best I’ve tried.
Weekly lunch(Y1000) is always chicken. Left pic is Chicken Saute with Rosemary. Right pic is Chicken and komatsuna in Bouillon. Both are good.
1800yen set includes the usual Borscht and bread, “Blintz”(crepe version of Pirozhki I think), and white stew of mushroom and chicken baked in a small ceramic pot(not sure but probably called “Zharkoye”). I like the “Blintz” but it is a bit small. The stew is good but nothing too special. Dessert and tea are not included and I was still hungry…
White Beef stroganoff lunch set(Y2500) also includes Borscht, bread, cheese cake and Russian tea(with blueberry jam and lemon). I’ve never had a beef stroganoff with the cream sauce this thick. It is not bad but the beef is a bit tough. The cheese cake is so-so.
Cabbage roll lunch(Y2500) also includes Borscht, bread, cheese cake and Russian tea. The cabbage roll is quite rice – there is rice mixed with the meat. I wish I could skip the cheese cake and tea and have a “Blintz” instead(you can order it as a side at lunch time).
In terms of value for money, I think Hamburger lunch is the best. This basement restaurant is very small and I think quite old too. Two chefs cook behind the open kitchen, and one staff serves in a robotic and formal way which was a little strange at first but I got used to it after a while. Seems popular as it gets full like 5 mins after it opens at 11:30am!
Add: B1, 3-10-3, Ogawamachi, Kanda
You don’t seem to enjoy their cheesecake but you still get the set (or do you HAVE to get the lunchset?). Can you ask for switching with Blintz? The Borscht looks so light pink compare to the one I had.!
Beef stroganoff and Cabbage roll only come in sets including dessert. I thought maybe they change the dessert from time to time but it turned out to be cheese cake the second time too. Yeah maybe I should have asked if I could switch the dessert for Blintz. But as I said the server is slightly strange so…^^;; Oh the Borscht you had looks nice too! Maybe yours had more beet in it hence the colour? I saw the chef pouring some pink sauce into the plate before adding the soup, so there is actually no beet bits in the soup.