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Jan 4, 2012 03:27 PM

does anyone serve green borsht ('shav' or 'schav' made with sorrel or spinach)?

can't find anyone who serves shav. saul's in berkeley says they don't but do serve red borsht once every week or two. the only borscht in oakland is red borscht from 4 HK-style cafes in Chinatown. a big bowl, either hot or cold depending on the weather, with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top of seasonal greens might be tempting.

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  1. Cinderella has a "spinach soup" that could be it. It's difficult to find a good red borscht in and of itself, and Cinderella's version is fine, but nothing terribly hearty, so I wouldn't get your hopes up.

    1. Katia's, Russian Family, probably other Russian places, could be seasonal.

      Russian Family Restaurant
      719 Camino Plz, San Bruno, CA 94066

      Katia's Russian Tea Room
      600 5th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I didn't see it on their menu, but if not, the other Russian places in the Richmond are still the best bet.

        1. re: sugartoof

          It's not on the menus, but they've served it. Like I said, it might be seasonal.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Grpwing up in New England it was a spring dish as sorrel was one of the early plants to break thru the snow. Often my family would go out foraging in the local woods for wild schav to grace the Easter ham.

      2. Is Samovar Deli and Bakery still open? If so, has anyone been there lately? I know they moved to another location in Mountain View, IIRC

        If that Georgian restaurant on Irving is still open, I think they served it.

        Russian Family restaurant in San Bruno has it

        1. No idea who might serve it, but I would also check Polish restaurants in the area, since sorrel soup is a very traditional Polish soup (can be found in local Polish grocery stores). By the way, that soup shouldn't contains any spinach at all, so if you happen to find one with spinach listed as one of ingredients, you are not getting a real thing.

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          1. re: Bigos

            Other than Mozart in Concord, is there any other Polish restaurant in the Bay Area?

            I agree with you that it is sorrel soup and not green borsht with spinach.

            1. re: rworange

              I'm not sure - it's been ages since I had to pay for Polish food ;) I thought there was a place called Chopin rerstaurant in Walnut Creek...

              1. re: Bigos

                You are right, it is Chopin and not Mozart ... and Walnut Creek. Nope, no schav on the menu


                Heavens, it is on the menu of David's Deli in SF

            2. re: Bigos

              Aside from the place in West Portal which was supposed to reopen somewhere else, I don't think SF has a Polish or Ukranian place....otherwise your'e right, that would be the place to go.

            3. thx everyone. next time in SF I'll check out David's Deli on Geary, Katia's on 5th Ave and Cinderella on Balboa. Don't make it out to San Bruno (Russian Family) or Walnut Creek (Chopin) very often. Looks like Samovar in Mtn View is closed.

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              1. re: zippo

                David's Deli? Keep your expectations real, real low with that one.

                1. re: sugartoof

                  Agree. It could be Manischewitz.

                  1. re: fruti

                    Yeah, by "heavens' I meant explicative deleted.

                    Whatever anyone thinks about Yelp, the fact that out of 197 reviews, David's has little more than 1 star, should tell you something. IMO, yelpers were being generous ... or it may be that you can't give zero or negative stars on Yelp.