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Mimino ~ East Brunswick

Angelina Sep 27, 2013 05:00 AM

Just doing a Google search on Russian restaurants in NJ, and this came up. I rarely am ever on RT. 18 so I don't know where it is. Has anyone been? I LOVE Russian food!! :)


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    chuck98 Oct 19, 2013 08:24 PM

    It's in the same strip mall as Makkoli, the Japanese buffet place. There's a Russian food store there that I think is the same owner - Mimino is the 3rd or 4th iteration of their sit-down restaurant there. It was "Russian Restaurant", then Caliente, then maybe something else. I haven't eaten there yet.

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    1. re: chuck98
      eleeper Oct 20, 2013 06:44 AM

      Am I the only person who thought that "Caliente" was an incredibly ill-chosen name for a Russian restaurant? Every time I saw it, I thought, "Oh, there's a new Mexican place here."

      1. re: eleeper
        ebchower Oct 20, 2013 08:59 AM

        Russian and Georgian food is an odd combination. What do they serve, caviar and peach cobbler? ;)

        1. re: ebchower
          chuck98 Oct 21, 2013 07:54 AM

          Which reminds me, there's also "Mr. Pizza and Georgian Food", in the Loehmann's plaza.

          1. re: chuck98
            wench31 Oct 21, 2013 08:20 AM

            I think Mr. Pizza is Middle Eastern food

        2. re: eleeper
          Angelina Oct 22, 2013 04:11 AM

          yes eleeper, I am with you. NEVER would I have ever thought Caliente was a Russian restaurant!! lol

          1. re: Angelina
            jracpa Oct 25, 2013 08:48 AM

            I have always been a little leery of this place, as I have never seen anyone eating there, the windows are heavily tinted etc. There is a Korean place next door that is sort of the same. I have gone into both places, looked around, seen no customers, and been looked at by the employees sort of like I did not belong. I know a few in town who have eaten at these places and they have liked them.

            Next door to that is Bollywood Tadka , East Brunswick's current Indian restaurant, which I really enjoy.

            1. re: jracpa
              eleeper Oct 26, 2013 07:25 PM

              We've eaten many times at the Korean place (Maru), including just today, and never seemed to have a problem.

              I do think the Soondooboo Jigae is better at Kimchi Sushi, though.

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