The first time I ever tried Ukrainian food was in a cafeteria in Regina, Saskatchewan. I found a screw in my cabbage roll. Not baba’s original recipe, I’m guessing.
Fast forward to Taste of Ukraine in Edmonton, heartland of proud Ukrainian-Canadians and mere kilometres from the world’s biggest pysanka.
I say “perr-oh-gee”; he says “pyrohy.” He was also mortified when Catherine slopped sour cream in her borscht. But it’s okay, they’re in love.
The borscht was delicious, that purply red goodness of shredded beets, root veggies and nice fresh dill.
The hefty entrees come with a choice of two sides. My chicken Kyiv had a light crunchy coating, oozing that buttery surprise on the inside, topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. It came with nice grilled veggies.
For my two sides I got perogies with sauerkraut and cabbage rolls. The perogies were dee-lish. Soft, chewy and filled with just-right sauerkraut. The cabbage rolls were good, not outstanding, but there was definitely no screw in them.
I was thinking I’d have enough leftovers for lunch the next day, but everything was so good I ate the whole thing. Then I got dessert.
Blueberry perogies! Again soft and chewy but with happy sweet insides. The blueberry filling was good but I would have liked whole blueberry pieces in there too.
I love the colourful and cozy atmosphere in here. Painted murals, traditional clothing and bright tapestries cover the restaurant. Twinkling lights make a ceiling of stars.
Dinner is probably a tad pricier than your run-of-the-mill cafeteria perogy plate (my chicken entree was $17.95). But I certainly wasn’t grumbling about it when I left. Great food, large portions, lovely surroundings and wonderful service. And no screws in my cabbage rolls.
Taste of Ukraine, 12210 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, (780) 453-2040.