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.
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.
Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★★ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
Price: Mid priced option for an exotic cuisine
74 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London SE1 8HA