Mongolian Cooking plus Uzbeki,Japanese & Russian ccomes to Richmond
A few weeks back I got a flyer for a new restaurant in our neighborhood: Eurasia. Two separate menus actually: one Japanese and the other for Europe and Asian Food. Looking at the menu and reading some Yelp reviews we decided to go for some Mongolian items. It's located in a strip mall on San Pablo Ave in Richmond - tween Barrett and McDonald. The space used to be a Chinese take out ...... now it's a sit down restaurant. But we did notice they did have folks coming in for take out and they also offer free delivery ( not sure of their range ). We ordered more than we needed ( generous portions ) but we wanted to try some different things and the prices are quite reasonable in any event. We started with the steamed dumplings: Buuz. 10 pieces. They're filled with a beef & onion. Bigger than chinese dumplings at dim sum and with thicker, chewier skins. Hearty dumplings with a meaty taste that are quite filling ...... this order of 10 could be shared among 3 folks maybe. A huge bottle of Maggi and a bottle of Ketchup were brought to the table. I used some Maggi to augment the chili sauce in the condiment platter on the table. Really enjoyed the chili sauce: very flavorful with some spice but not searingly hot. Our waiter's favorite dish was no. 10: Huushuur. Fried Mongolian beef filled pockets - deep fried. 4 to an order. Each is about 6 inches by 3 inches and filled with maybe the same filling as the steamed dumplings? There was a welcome accompaniment of cucumber, tomato and shredded cabbage in a tart dressing. Our last items was Soup no. 5 : Vegetable Beef Soup with dumplings
( Mongolian) $7.50 - we ordered one soup and they split it into two -6inch bowls for us. The soup was my favorite item of the night ....... a rich dark broth with lots of cabbage, carrots, onions and bits of beef - plus beef filled dumplings-about 5 in my bowl. There was a nice star anise flavor that reminded me of Chinese Beef Stew. This is homestyle cooking that is very reasonably priced. Stick to your ribs food that stayed with me for a long time. The service was friendly - will probably go back to try some other items. Not sure about the Japanese food .... would love to have a good tonkatsu nearby. Not a destination place but I'm glad they're in the neighborhood. The soup would be great on a cold night.
Eurasia offers a vast menu. was positive chef couldn't/wouldn't prepped all dishes well. sadly, i was right.
grilled lamb chop (8.5) wasn't grilled. it was boiled/steamed. some chewy, some tender. it wasn't a "chop", just some cheaper cut of meat (shoulder?).
the accompanying mash potato (russian style with sour cream) was fab/delish.
the comped mongolian milk tea(1.5) was delish/salty/addictive.
miso broth was clear, no msg tasted. more tofu taste.
asked for the freshest sashimi in the house .(8/10.95 )got sake, maguro, not albacore nor hamachi. sashimi barely fresh. very generouse slices.
conclusion: would skip nigiri, rolls, go for the mongolian noodles/soups. japanese entrees a maybe.
I wonder if it's connected with Asian Grill in Oakland? Similar sort of idea, the menu has different sections for Japanese, Mongolian, and all-day diner breakfast.
Seems like nobody thinks they can make it with only Mongolian food. The other Oakland place, Pizza-Rama, closed.