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(russian) Cafe Obzhora Kings Highway

jonkyo Dec 20, 2013 01:28 PM

This place is new.

It looks inviting.

They have tongue

but no testicles

my first Russian venue I ate at I was recommended the cattle gonads.

My problem is it always seems empty.

anyone been there?

the menu looks inviting.

beer they do have. The delicious Krusovice, from russia.

They do have goose liver plate 18.95

also rabbitt in white sauce 11.95.

The menu is very well done as a bilingual menu.

khachapuri; dumplings; blitzes (blitzes: cottage cheese / meat choices)

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    AubWah RE: jonkyo Dec 21, 2013 02:34 PM

    This place isn't new. A lot of restaurants in this neighborhood serve similar cuisine, much more highly regarded places

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      squid kun RE: AubWah Dec 21, 2013 08:37 PM

      >This place isn't new.

      It was new as of 2009, and it's now new to jonkyo too.

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        jonkyo RE: squid kun Dec 23, 2013 10:47 AM

        It is always empty.

        If one desires Russian food, I am guessing it might be a good choice. I am guessing they do a lot of take out.

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          diprey11 RE: jonkyo Dec 23, 2013 11:53 AM

          >It is always empty.
          Is this a sign? :-)

          Also, gonads are not considered suitable for food in the traditional Russian cuisine.

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            jonkyo RE: diprey11 Dec 24, 2013 05:36 AM

            When I visited a restaurant that was owned by Russians, in Latvia, and told them I would like to eat something that is enjoyed by Russians, and is quite different from American cuisine, the gentleman stated beef testicles.

            So, they are eaten in the regions of Central Asia, so I just do not know.

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              diprey11 RE: jonkyo Dec 24, 2013 05:44 AM

              That's right: in Central Asia - yes, but not in mainland Russia.

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                jonkyo RE: diprey11 Dec 26, 2013 11:47 AM

                Latvia boarders, one could say, with Scans. Riga's population is half occupied by Russians....still.

                Should I go back to the venue and tell the guy...or track him down, if no longer empolyed there, that he is a liar? I will give him your pseudonym, and he can hash it out with you, or confess.

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                  diprey11 RE: jonkyo Dec 26, 2013 02:31 PM

                  Sure, go ahead and tell him so if you wish. And while you are at it, please tell not to generalize from 1 case to 150 million. Godspeed!

                  1. re: diprey11
                    jonkyo RE: diprey11 Dec 28, 2013 10:49 AM

                    what about them veal tongue. What are the origins of this, in the Russian diet. I may be generalizing.

                    It is similar to seeing a Canadian, and thinking they eat pizza. Regional things get mix up due to proximity.

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                      diprey11 RE: jonkyo Dec 28, 2013 03:46 PM

                      Beef tongue is certainly acceptable; in fact, it is considered a delicacy and is often served as a cold appetizer.

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                        jen kalb RE: diprey11 Dec 28, 2013 07:45 PM

                        tongue seems to be a popular delilcacy among the russians. It was a component of the cold meat array served at my daughter's wedding feast at Baku Palace. (Azeri, but catring to Russian tastes as well.

                        Jonkyo, why dont you go check that place out? Very good food (but no liquor license) No testicles, either

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                          jonkyo RE: jen kalb Dec 29, 2013 12:37 PM

                          Tongue and no testicles, well, that is fine.

                          I often get the tongue precooked at the grocers/delis from Kings H. downward.


                          I shall check the Baku Palace out.

                          I have been to the Azerbaijan venue, near the Belarus venue Kings Highway. They also had no license to serve, but 7/11 BYOB did the fix.


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                            jen kalb RE: jonkyo Dec 29, 2013 02:04 PM

                            I dont think thats what I would go there for tho. I believe its primarily for their russian customers. Their grilled lamb ribs and fish are great, good soup, fried potatoes with mushrooms, etc. not cheap but well done.

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                              jonkyo RE: jen kalb Dec 31, 2013 11:46 AM

                              I would have not know of Baku Palace if I had not posted the query about Cafe Obzhora.

                              Great information jen and all, thanks.

                              I may report after I go, but no promises, as climate and unseen happenstance may impede.


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                                jen kalb RE: jonkyo Dec 31, 2013 11:50 AM

                                there have been a lot of russian and caucasian places recommended on this Board - Baku is only one. I am no expert on the full array but Baku pleased us very much. I suspect for every good place there are several mediocre ones, I wish I had more time to explore to have a fuller picture.

                        2. re: diprey11
                          jonkyo RE: diprey11 Dec 29, 2013 12:32 PM

                          Thanks for the information.

                          I know this, certainly. I usually take it....cold....after a hot sauna, at a Russian Spa.

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