which places would people recommend that serves good russian food?
someone recommended us to some Russian Jewish restaurant in LA but we couldnt find any information on it at all...it was called "cristal" (not sure if thats spelled right since they told us the name verbally) but if anyone has heard of it...would love to know :)
I'm glad I found this string. A Russian gal who worked at the RiteAid in Westwood mentioned Crystal, but I noticed Traktir somewhere in the Los Angeles magazine. I would like to find a Russian restuarant as good as Warszawa is for Polish food.
I went to Red Square (sherman oaks or encino on ventura blvd) a few weeks ago -- recommended by my DD's preschool teacher (who is russian) -- and I think it was good russian food (a bit fancier than I had in russia though - on a student's budget). we had blinys (duck with plum sauce) and dumplings filled with potatoes that you dipped in sour cream, and "samsa" -- pastry filled with meat (an Uzbek dish). The restaurant also had ox-tail (stew, I think), some Uzbek dishes (plov), and borcht (yummy, served hot) ...
it was good, but not cheap. All our leftovers were eagerly eaten by friends of ours who had spent a summer doing research in siberia.