New Russian / Ukrainian Restaurant in La Mesa: The Village House Kalina
Just wanted to let you all know about a this new restaurant I went to a few nights ago off Fletcher Parkway.
It seems like the owners of the former Pomegranate restaurant split and opened their own restaurants. One part opened the next door Petrushka while the former chef and other owner now have The Village House Kalina.
The restaurant definitely has that Eastern European aesthetic to it, with its exposed wooden celing and samovars strewn about . It is also definitely a mom and pop - husband in the front waiting and wife in the kitchen doing the cooking.
> No Liquor license yet, so we tried the mildly fermented russian rye bread soda - Kvass - which I've had from the russian delis in San Francisco. Its root beer reminiscent for sure and I don't know if its for everyone.
> They make a wonderful butter with garlic and fresh dill and its brought out with fresh baked bread.
> We ordered the sampler salad plate which is exactly the same as what was served at Pomegranate. It is all delicious - especially the eggplant and carrot salads.
> The Ukranian borscht was fantastic with a great textural mix of potatoes, cabbage, and beef .
> The hand made perogis were delicate and filled with potatoes and mushrooms and topped with carmalized onions.
I can't wait to go back they have a 7.99 lunch three course that looks worth checking out. With a Russian/ former USSR countries emigre population in San Diego at 60,000 its great to have this restaurant to represent their presence.
8302 Parkway Dr
(between Jackson Dr & Buckland St)
La Mesa, CA 91942