We started with the Shuba Salad - which is actually Herring Salad meaning "herring under fur coat" - a coat of onions and beetroot. It is a cold dish (the fish is cooked, not sashimi raw, no worries) and has a strong blend of flavors - the sweetness of the beetroot, saltiness of the fish and spiciness of chopped onions. It is supremably delicious, hints of flavors and freshness of herring that make love to the taste buds literally. We loved it at first bite.
Then the must-try soups - piping hot and large portions! We shared a Borsch Soup (beetroot, onions, potato, beef and parsley) and the Ukha Soup (Russian fish broth)
The Pelmeni ("ear bread") - Siberian meat dumplings- were served next. I believe it was pork - I'd forgotten to ask, but we ate most kinds of meat anyway. It tasted like a cross between the Chinese handmade dumplings and Japanese Kyoza (dumplings, as well) - believe it or not - with its marinated minced meat stuffed into thin, unleavened dough sheets. We loved it nonetheless.
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