Happy Friday! I hope your day is going well. Smile! The weekend is almost here! I’m so excited I could squeal. Weekends make me happy.
But you know what doesn’t make me happy? Bad food. As much as I love writing about food, taking pictures of food, and (most importantly) eating food, I really don’t like writing negative reviews. Why can’t I live in a world where every morsel that passes my lips tastes incredible? Can someone make this happen? Pretty please?
However, I owe it to myself (and to my readers) to always be honest. Sometimes my opinion is incredibly unpopular. Sometimes I’m not impressed with a restaurant that has received local (and sometimes national!) acclaim. But this is my food blog, where I share my opinion of local restaurants. If I love a place, you’ll know about it. And if I don’t love a place, you’ll definitely know about it. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to spend your hard-earned money at a local establishment. And I’m here to help! Bottom line: I eat bad food so you don’t have to. Pretty sweet deal, eh?
I went to Astoria Kabob House a few weeks ago with a few friends. I’ve never had Russian cuisine, and I was super excited to try it!
None of us had tried Russian Borscht before, so we ordered a bowl to share:
This beef and beet soup is a traditional Russian item, and came topped with sour cream.
This soup was quite delicious! It was rich, hearty, and full of flavor. The spices were perfect; it was a bit spicy without being overpowering. And the sour cream added a nice touch!
For my entrée, I decided to go with the Golubtzy.
The menu at Astoria described the Golubtzy as ‘Cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef and rice’. It was served with potatoes and a side of sour cream.
My cabbage rolls certainly looked appetizing! I was excited to dive into this mountain of food.
Unfortunately, the taste didn’t quite live up to my high expectations. While the ground beef that filled the cabbage roll was juicy, there wasn’t much in the way of flavor. It fell completely flat in that regard. My potatoes were not terrible; after a liberal dousing with salt and pepper, they were palatable.
My friends’ dishes didn’t quite live up to their expectations either. One friend ordered the beef stroganoff – fillet of beef, onion, and mushrooms, served with egg noodles:
I tried a bite, and it was super rich and full of flavor, but a bit too greasy for my tastes.
My other friend ordered the Chicken Kiev – Russian style stuffed chicken breast.
Again, it looked delicious, but cutting into the chicken yielded (among other things) a pool of grease.
And therein lies my problem with Astoria. The food seems well thought out, and the menu had lots of creative (as well as traditional) options to choose from. But each and every item we tried was served with a side of stomach-turning orange grease. It was less-than-appetizing, to say the least. Go ahead. Take another look at my Golubtzy. See that orange pool of yumminess? I can feel my arteries clogging as I type this!
Service at Astoria was perfect; I have no complaints there. Our waiter answered all of our questions about the menu with no problem, and was ridiculously friendly.
But I’m going to be truthful and say that I cannot recommend Astoria. I love fatty food just as much as the next girl, but even this was too much!
See you next week!