Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Russian Tea Time - Chicago Vegetarian Friendly Restaurant Review

Cassie's on the road again, this time in Chicago, Illinois and had the chance to taste some fine vegetarian fare in a very vegetarian friendly restaurant called Russian Tea Time on Adams. 90% of their menu is vegetarian and is quite delicious. The dishes are heavily perfumed in cumin, garlic and cinnamon.

Russian Tea Time Restaurant
77 East Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 360-0000

My colleague and I shared their vegetarian meal for 2, at $38 (pricey for what you get) and we got two platters of assorted choices, almost mezze or tapas style.

We had Baltika beer, brewed in Russia, very refreshing. Loved it and the pint sized bottle was fun. The meal also came with the best pumpernikel bread I've ever eaten. The first plate (left) had spinach and feta cheese stuffed mushrooms, garlicky hummus, tabouli, perogies, carrot salad, beet "caviar" and a beet and chickpea salad with balkan yogurt and tzaziki style sauce.

The perogies were soggy, symptom of being over boiled and bland. I'm difficult when it comes to perogies, I like them boiled to being al dente and then pan fried for a nice crust. The hummus and tabouli were ok, nothing special but loaded with garlic, so vampires, beware! The stuffed mushroom caps were nice, but a bit underseasoned. I'm tempted to try to replicate these at home. The carrot salad was nice with a touch of caraway. The beet caviar was really well done, great texture and taste. The beet salad too was nice and light.

The second course (right) was far more flavorful and interesting. We were served a stuffed pepper with vegetables and chickpeas, stuffed eggplant in a tomato sauce, a stuffed tomato, roasted kasha, rice and a chickpea and onion salad. All of these made the meal. My personal favorite was the kasha with the eggplant.

I'd go back. Now I'm really excited at the thought of going to what is called Chicago's best vegetarian restaurant.... The Chicago Diner. Stay tuned for my review!

1 comment:

Babette said...

That makes for a very colorful plate! I'm not too familiar with Russian cuisine, so it's interesting to see what they offer besides borscht!

I can't wait to hear about the Chicago Diner. I'm really quite jealous!