I’ve had a few embarassing incidents when using public washrooms. Probably the worst one in recent memory occurred a few months ago at JJ Beans when I didn’t lock the door properly and a man actually walked in on me while I was on the toilet (*shudder*). In a more recent and considerably less humiliating episode, I spent quite a bit of time trying to find the light switch at Ukranian Village. I almost gave up and tried to use the bathroom with the lights off, but it was pitch dark in there and I couldn’t see anything at all. I thought about leaving the door open, but that would most likely end up resulting in another incident similar to JJ Bean. Thankfully, I was able to finally find the switch, which was located right next to the door *facepalm*.
But I’m not reviewing the bathroom at Ukranian Village, but the food. The restaurant, as the name suggests, is one of the few in Vancouver that specializes in Eastern European cuisine. It is located on Denman, not too far from Stanley Park. In addition to their regular menu, they also offer lunch specials. I had their One Cabbage Roll & Five Perogies off of their lunch menu and also their Chicken Paprika.
One Cabbage Roll & Five Perogies ($9.95):
This was offered on their lunch special menu. The perogies come in a few different varieties, I went with potato and cheddar. The perogies had a good amount of filling, which was quite savoury and flavourful, although I did find it to be a bit on the dry side. I really enjoyed the cabbage roll, which was essential like a large meatball enclosed in cabbage, and was very tender and moist, and well-seasoned and flavourful.
Chicken Paprika ($16.95):
This consisted of three pieces of chicken thighs and was served with dumplings and a thick sauce. The chicken was extremely tender, flavourful and came right off the bone, and by virtue of being dark meat, it was very tender and juicy. The ‘dumplings’ actually tasted exactly like Chinese mantou, and were soft, fluffy and chewy. They were bland on their own, but tasted quite good when dipped in the gravy, which was thick, savoury and flavourful.
I’m very thankful to leave Ukranian Village without another incident like the one at JJ Beans. I did also really enjoy all the food, in particular their chicken paprika (props to any restaurant who’s smart enough to use dark meat instead of white). Their prices are also fairly reasonable. This is one of the few Eastern European restaurants available in the city, and one that I’d strongly recommend checking out.