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La Caverne - very tasty russian food!

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LittleBee Jan 25, 2011 12:53 PM

I had a wonderful meal at La Caverne at 5184 Cote-Des-Neiges... Just wanted to put you on to a very nice restaurant that serves nice Russian food. My one experience with Russian restaurant food was at Troika, and that was good, but quite pricey. At La Caverne, I had a big hearty meal and the price was right! What did we have... let me just check their menu... http://www.lacaverne.ca/menu.html
Aha! Khartcho soup, to start, and my man had the borscht, and then I had cabbage rolls and he had Chicken Kiev. I liked everything!
The place was empty when we got there, and then by 7 pm it got really full, and later, there was live music. I couldn;t identify the music as I'm not familiar with that sort of thing but my man who is Russian said it was very traditional sort of gypsy music. There was an accordion, a guitar, and a trumpet (that seemed like it was blowing right in my EAR :-

)

Anyway I loved the Kharchto soup, and the cabbage rolls were big and fat and came with lovely sour cream. I'd go back for sure.

That's all! Have a good evening everyone! This is my first post btw :-) I heart chowhound <3

  1. SnackHappy Jan 26, 2011 03:09 AM

    Thank you for the report. That place has been on my short-list for a while, now. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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      vanierstudent Jan 26, 2011 07:03 PM

      Ahhh=( They don't have green Borscht.

      It still on my "to-do" list tough, thanks for the report.

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        bakersdelight Jan 28, 2011 05:48 AM

        green borscht??? 'splain, please.

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          vanierstudent Jan 28, 2011 08:09 AM

          No beets, a little bit more acid, as filling and delicious.

          http://www.food.com/recipe/green-bors...

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            bakersdelight Jan 30, 2011 11:23 AM

            thanks for the link--sounds amazing! real hardcore russian. maybe it's the kind of thing they know how to make but don't put on the menu? and maybe i will try and make some myself...

      2. TheSnowpea Jan 26, 2011 07:13 PM

        welcome to the Montreal board! Hope you stick around and keep contributing!

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          jay_81k Jan 26, 2011 07:27 PM

          Wonder how it compares to le Georgia on decarie. That's the only Russian place I've been to and I kinda like it , but it's overpriced and I feel very unwanted in there. Probably gonna try this place this week, Thanks!

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            reelection Jan 27, 2011 07:56 AM

            Re: overpriced, is Caverne any cheaper? I haven't seen cheap Russian in this city, may be like that everywhere?

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              Ghostquatre Jan 27, 2011 10:51 AM

              holy cow.... here's an article from 2002
              http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/2002/091202/resto.html
              says it's about 8$ per person

              and now 2004
              http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iID...
              40-60$ not including tax and tips....

              I don't think I would ever pay this much for russian comfort food

              la caverne is about 10~16$ per main

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                Shattered Jan 28, 2011 01:32 PM

                Cheap Russian:

                www.buffetbravo.com

                Gonna try it next Friday, will report back

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                  jay_81k Jan 29, 2011 06:21 PM

                  That sounds pretty sketchy! Good luck with that.

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                    vanierstudent Jan 29, 2011 07:01 PM

                    the various review on Chowhound sounded positive... the Brazilian show thingy on the other hand...

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                      Shattered Jan 31, 2011 09:38 AM

                      In Mother Russia, sketchy is term of endearment :P

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                        vanierstudent Jan 31, 2011 10:54 AM

                        In mother Russia, endearment is sketchy:),

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                dinomyte Jan 27, 2011 06:01 AM

                I went to La Caverne a few months ago with a Russian couple who declared the food and the overall experience quite authentic. It is definitely worth the visit.

                1. vermontrealer Jan 29, 2011 04:02 PM

                  Glad you enjoyed it, LittleBee. I've only been there twice a year ago (it's kind of a schlep or I'd go more often), but I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was. Russian comfort food, better than some I've had in Russia, and certainly cheaper than contemporary Russia! Since we're vegetarians, I thought it might be a challenge, but between some nice little salads, the varenikis, and the "cheese boat" we could cobble together a substantial meal.

                  My partner is a prof of Russian, so I can vouch for the authenticity of the food, the atmosphere, and the entertainment the night we were there. Only instead of a trumpet blowing in my ear, it was a singer in a leopard dress, who, shall we say, liked to be close to her audience. Not a place for quiet conversation on "music" nights, but fun if you want a boisterous Russian experience that's equal portions tasty and tacky.

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                    jay_81k Jan 30, 2011 08:42 PM

                    So I tried it tonight. Went with the intention of getting a beef stroganoff but when I asked what she recommended she said the mix plate so I went with that not knowing what was in there as I'm not familiar with Russian cuisine so much. While I was waiting for the food I heard the microwave being used several times which kinda scared me. When the food arrived it was a cabbage roll which was good , lots of little pierogies which were also pretty good, a hot dog, not sure why?? And Some type of rolled up crepe stuffed with not sure what, it was ok. Overall it was ok but not what I really wanted. Don't really recommend the mix plate. I'm willing to try it again but get some other dish. Seems somewhat promising.

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                      Shattered Jan 31, 2011 09:40 AM

                      The buffet's only $17, doesn't it include all that stuff? Did it look okay if you looked at it? And are the rumours about being able to bring your own vodka true?

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                        jay_81k Jan 31, 2011 10:36 AM

                        Sorry if I wasnt clear I went to la caverne not the buffet

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                          Shattered Jan 31, 2011 10:56 AM

                          Ah, of course, I forgot this thread was about La Caverne. Doh.

                          What were the prices?

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                          vanierstudent Jan 31, 2011 10:55 AM

                          BOYV will be illegal under the liquor law in this country, its illegal to bring the hard stuff under a BYOW license.

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                            Shattered Jan 31, 2011 04:35 PM

                            I know, but in the thread on this place celfie said people did. Which I guess is where we should move this discussion:
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/738656

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                        MtlChris Feb 15, 2011 06:40 AM

                        I dine there in 2008. I concur for the overpriced part, at least 12 to 18 $ for mains, plus tax and tip, comes to about 30 $ per person. For that price, you would expect more than a few patatoes dumpling and cabbage dumplings. I believe the kitchen consits solely of a big freezer and a microwave.

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