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Oct 9, 2008 02:30 PM

Russian/Georgian Lunch in SF

we are just home from Cinderella Bakery and Cafe, on Balboa, smiling from ear to ear.
Following suggestions from the waitress, we--knowing very little about Russian food, except we were in the mood for something "different"--had...
> eggplant Georgian style (with walnuts [ ! ] and I think cilantro, among other things)
> herring and young potatoes--the herring being, natch, in vinegar with sliced onions, but somehow the vinegar was sweet; very cool. lots of dill on the potatoes (tiny, peeled, steamed)
> mushroom Blinchiki--with sour cream.
nobody call my Internist, please!
> cherry Vareniki, in a thin cherry syrup with, again, sour cream.
did I mention not calling my Internist?
it was all fantastic--bright flavors, nice textures...sun filled room with not-too-much Russian (Georgian?) bric-a-brac and some doinky travel posters on display...nice pace to the table service...enthusiastic waitress, happy to show off what the place could do.
we were the only ones seated in the dining room (why?) but the take-out deli seemed to do steady business...and we're going to join that process ourselves pretty soon...

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  1. This is such a great report. Have you tried anymore Russian food since at Cinderella or elsewhere?

    You posted about the time of the redesign when the type was too small for me to read long, so sorry for the delay responding, but I kept it in mind.

    If you decide to expand your Russian/Eastern European options, here's a few lists I put together on what is available. It is mainly delis and markets, but there are whatever restaurants in the Bay Area also

    Cafe Sadko on Clement is pretty good. Don't know how it compares to Cinderella as I've only tried the baked goods at Cinderella..

    Cinderella Bakery
    436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118

    1. Eggplant Georgian style-- yes it would have been walnuts, cilantro and garlic, which seem to be the holy trinity of Georgian cooking. There are all sorts of vegetable salads and other dishes that always include these 3 ingredients.

      1. Thanks for reminding me about this place. I went there earlier this year with a group of 8 people. We shared most of the dishes and the ones you mentioned (eggplant Georgian style, herring) were my favorite. Definitely recommend going in a group so you can share dishes. Half of us had never really tried Russian food before. Casual and friendly atmosphere.