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DonataGuerra Oct 23, 2006 05:36 PM

My Los Angeles magazine lists this place as new (basically Bulgarian). Has anyone tried it? Last month we loved Warszawa in Santa Monica.

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    JBC RE: DonataGuerra Oct 23, 2006 06:13 PM

    Yes, and you won't like as much as Warszawa. Service is Soviet Bloc slow. For a 16 picture report, hit the linked link:

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    1. PlonkMan RE: DonataGuerra Oct 23, 2006 06:18 PM

      Ate at Danube a week ago and was really underwhelmed. (Of course we might have ordered wrong.) Also, it doesn't have a liquor license. (Our waitress helpfully suggested we might pick up a bottle at the nearby 7-11.) Not in the same class as Warszawa.

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        pallas810 RE: DonataGuerra Oct 23, 2006 06:50 PM

        I had lunch there when it just opened. We had the caviar dip which was ok. We also had the kidney/liver pie which was interesting - good but I can't say great. Service was slow - but then again there was only one waiter which may have been the reason. I would go back when they get all the kinks worked out. However, on the whole, I don't think Bulgarian food is exciting...

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          DonataGuerra RE: DonataGuerra Oct 24, 2006 04:42 PM

          Thank you for the input. Wow, those photos look so tempting. But the service worries me. I hope to go back to Warszawa and maybe check out a Russian restaurant in the Los Angeles area.

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            Jerome RE: DonataGuerra Oct 25, 2006 12:09 AM

            If you want some other Balkan places (and check out danube, you might not agree with anyone here)
            try metro cafe on washington near the 405 (serbian) and aroma (one of many places with that name) on overland near the westside pavilion (bosniak).

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              JBC RE: Jerome Oct 27, 2006 04:45 PM

              I agree with you Jerome, you still might want to check out Danube once anyway. I've been 3 times and would suggest you order what is distinctly "Bulgarian" and when given the choice of rice or French Fries, always go with the rice. If I was going back maybe:

              Lamb kebab baked in parchment paper - Lamb morsel, mint, green onion, parsley devisil {Bulgarian herb} - served with rice and salad. $17.55

              Roasted red pepper and eggplant - red pepper, eggplant, olive oil, garlic, onion and parsley $5.95 {distinctly "Bulgarian" ?, but I had it before and it was very good}.

              ~ or maybe ~

              Vita Banitica - Wreathed filo rolls filled with two varieties of cheese, egg and herbs $4.50 (based on maybelle's rec below).

              I would avoid, as an example, the Chicken shish kebab as it is plain jane, nothing Bulgarianish about it, and there are 10+ other places to get a better "standard" kebab on Westwood Blvd.

              Just bring a bottle of wine with you, a corkscrew, and maybe a pack of cards so you can get in a couple of games of Gin between courses; also, there is their T.V. showcasing some rather unsual Bulgarian musical performances.

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            2. maybelle RE: DonataGuerra Oct 25, 2006 07:09 PM

              I'm chiming in to say service is terrible too. Food was okay. If you go, try the Vita Banitca - bread wreath made out of filo dough, cheese and herbs. We really enjoyed it.

              1. modernist RE: DonataGuerra Oct 28, 2006 09:46 AM

                do they serve skembe? (intenstine soup) or real sirin cheese?

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                  JBC RE: modernist Oct 28, 2006 02:20 PM

                  I have developed this habbit of picking up the to-go menu when I dine somewhere or pass-by. So, from Danube's menu:

                  #14 - Shkembe chorba - Beef tripe soup with homemade sauce $5.95

                  Real Sirin Cheese ? - The menu only mentions:

                  Bulgarian Feta
                  Mozzarella
                  "two varieties cheese"

                  You could give them a call & find out:

                  Danube
                  1303 Westwood Blvd.
                  (310) 473-2414

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                    modernist RE: JBC Oct 28, 2006 05:54 PM

                    well done! thanks!

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