Alphabet Dining: U for Ukrainian at Baltic, Southwark

I’m very lucky to be friends with Andrew, one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable foodies I know. He’s also very creative and he started the alphabet dining club a few years ago with his friend Sharon. They started eating out at a restaurant serving cuisine from a country starting with the letter A and so on.

The latest foray was for the letter U. Andrew tried hard to find somewhere unusual like Ugandan but even in a multi-cultural city like London, he was defeated and we settled on Ukrainian-Russian restaurant Baltic.

 Baltic is a lot trendier than its location would lead you to believe and the restaurant also extends a long way back, leading to a much larger dining area than you expect.

 A couple of us arrived early and started outside as it was sunny. We had some nice cocktails (zingy strawberry mojito for me) and some skin-on potato fries to share .

Once the rest of party arrived, we moved indoors. In time-honoured alphabet dining tradition, we shouted out dishes we liked the look of and shared.

Like a lot of Eastern European cuisine, Ukrainian-Russian food turned out to be hearty and filling. We started with a mainstay of Eastern Europe – dumplings. We had potato, cheese and spring onion pierogi, were crunchier than the Polish pierogi I had eaten before – I liked the crunch. We also had Siberian pelmeni, small bite-sized veal and pork dumplings, which were moreish.

Meat featured in the mains and we had a meat fest. First up was stzuka miesa, shin of beef with root vegetables and pancake noodles. It came in a soup which was served at the table. The meat was wonderfully tender.

Chargrilled rump of lamb was served with smoked aubergine, peppers, garlic and yoghurt.

A roast goose leg went very well with figs, apple and red cabbage.

The only disappointment was a dry brochette of chicken.

A trio of desserts were just as hearty as the mains.


As expected, the food was rustic but enjoyable. It’s not a cuisine I would eat daily but if you fancy trying Ukrainian-Russian food, Baltic is a good place to start your exploration.


Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★★ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆

Price: Mid priced option for an exotic cuisine

Baltic Restaurant
74 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London SE1 8HA

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