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From Russia with Love-- TRAKTIR This Weekend

SchweinHexen Jun 2, 2006 01:48 PM

Any recs on food, and I believe there is a minimal fee for corkage on the (little water).......


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    jesse RE: SchweinHexen Jun 2, 2006 04:22 PM

    great 5 flavor vodka tasting rack for around $6. I like the potato perogies and other dumpling items...cool place

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      Elaine RE: SchweinHexen Jun 2, 2006 04:28 PM

      Where is this place?

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        jesse RE: Elaine Jun 2, 2006 04:43 PM

        crescent heights/santa monica blvd, nw corner

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          Elaine RE: jesse Jun 2, 2006 04:51 PM


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        PayOrPlay RE: SchweinHexen Jun 2, 2006 04:57 PM

        Oh, once you have that vodka sampler everything is going to taste great anyway . . .

        but, some favorites include many of the salads including the "cucumber/crab salad" which is really close to Japanese-style sunomono and really good, and the pickled salads; ; the beef/beet borscht (it's hot); pelmeni; herring; the grilled chicken full, full of dill; and various desserty stuff from the store next door.

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          duckduckgoose RE: SchweinHexen Jun 2, 2006 05:11 PM

          salmon appetizer
          herring appetizer
          vodka sampler
          Skip any dinner items - not as good and you'll have plenty of food.

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            JBC RE: duckduckgoose Jun 2, 2006 05:24 PM

            ..."Skip any dinner items - not as good..."

            Sadly, but so very true. Sometimes at restaurants whose cuisine comes from the Eastern Mediterranean, the best items are the appetizers and the mains are usually overcooked Lamb and rice. But to get back on topic, only at a Russian restaurant would they have this on the menu:

            "Airline Chicken Schnitzel"

            Doesn't that just say it all?

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            JudiAU RE: SchweinHexen Jun 2, 2006 06:30 PM

            Both of the mixed salads (with creamy dressing and without), herring, smoked salmon, and any of the dumplings. The pickled vegetables and mushrooms are also good as are the soups.

            The meat dishes tend to be well done so if you like them less cooked say so. Better than the meat itself are the the mushrooms and slightly spicy tomato sauce that is served with them. The mushrooms taste like they are cooked in duck fat.

            Make sure to call for a reservation because the restaurant is often packed with large parties in for the evening.

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              the word girl RE: SchweinHexen Jun 2, 2006 07:29 PM

              haven't had it in a while, but the gigantic pork chop stuffed with mushrooms was quite good.

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                nhb2009 RE: SchweinHexen Jun 28, 2006 05:46 PM

                I gotta say that certainly some of the entrees are good. Second the pork chop. Super delicious.

                Also the chicken crepe is amazing.

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                  Jerome RE: SchweinHexen Jun 28, 2006 08:56 PM

                  If you are going with a party of four or more, call in advance, reserve a table and for a great blowout, ask for the Banquet which is $35 a person (pre-tax and tip). Drinx extra i think. May be a larger group minimum. Bal ask them.

                  It's prix-fixe - but a great spread. for specifics, call them and ask them.

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                    Regina RE: Jerome Jun 29, 2006 04:03 AM

                    What is included in the banquet?

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                      Jerome RE: Regina Jun 29, 2006 06:26 AM

                      You'll have to ask them, I don't remember.

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