Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Ukrainian Food in London


London Eats World: Ukraine

In my London Eats World series I'm on a mission to eat my way around the world without leaving London and this week it's Ukraine. Not the most common cuisine here in London, so I dragged a few of my friends all the way to Canning Town to a restaurant called Albina that serves Ukrainian, Russian and Lithuanian dishes.Canning Town is not exactly a leafy, suburban London neighborhood, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.


London Eats World: Ukraine

When we walked into Albina, we were greeted by our friendly host who advised us to sit anywhere we wanted as the place was literally empty. It being a Tuesday night, I think he was glad that someone actually showed up. The entire restaurant had a very folkloric feel to it; ethnic place mats on the table, flowery plates and lots of er... interesting Ukrainian art work hanging on the walls. In the back was a large flat-screen TV playing music videos on what looked like Russia's answer to MTV. I've never been to Ukraine before, but this is what I imagine all restaurants would look like.

London Eats World: Ukraine

While trying to figure out what to pick from the menu, I had a Georgian glass of red wine, which tasted exotic, but came with an exotic price tag as well. 

London Eats World: Ukraine

Our host came to our rescue after he noticed we couldn't quite make up our minds. He made some recommendations and I went for a Ukrainian cheese and tomato salad as a starter and two meat pancakes with sour cream. It seems Ukrainians are not all that familiar with eating light as I only managed to finish 2/3s of the salad and only half of one pancake. My friends, who opted for the borscht soup and cabbage dumplings, only managed to eat the soup and struggled to finish four of a mountain of dumplings.

London Eats World: Ukraine



London Eats World: Ukraine

Having no more room for desserts, we rolled ourselves back to Canning Town Station with doggie bags in our purses. I didn't actually eat the other pancake, as one very heavy Ukrainian meal in one week, is more than enough.

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2 comments:

  1. And.... did you like it or was it just too much? En.... hoe was het? Je vertelt niet wat je er van vond?? Be honest and Dutch ;-)

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  2. Ha you're right, I didn't. It was ok. Not bad, but it's also not going to be my all time favourite food. It's all very starchy and fatty to be honest.

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