Austin >Other Personal Services > Sasha's Gourmet Russian Market
7817 Rockwood Ln #102, Austin, TX | Directions 7875730.358842 -97.738188
NO NO – I went in the other day, the restaurant smelled bad and was dirty. I purchesed a few bags of chocolate covered pretzels and when I got home the chocolate was covered in white powder....old. when I looked at the exp. date they were over a yr expired. Overpriced place, dusty...I'm sure stuff has been sitting on their shelves for quite sometime. No need to go back and not reccommended. The owner was on the phone the whole time and the the other associate ignored me 'till I went up to her with questions, never again. I think the Health Food Dept. needs to stop in soon!
Horrible service, okay food – I had high hopes when we went to Sasha's for the first time. The market looked very impressive and the menu, while very limited, looked appealing. Now for the string of disappointments. The arrangement of five tables in a very small area in front of a large-screen TV was not conducive to fine dining. The menu items were overpriced for the amount of food provided (e.g., $4 for a scoop of potato salad). The borscht was supposed to contain beef , but didn't, and when it was reported to the manager, he reported that the cook had forgotten to put it in. He apologized and offer to comp us desserts in return. Two pastries had diced mushrooms OR crumbled meat, but no reason why just one or the other. Vegetarians and carnivores would have appreciated knowing the difference ahead of time. I ordered golabki but got pierogi. I took it back and asked for golabki. Ten minutes later, I asked again for my golabki. Ten minutes later, everyone else in my group had finished eating and I still didn't have my golabki, so I went up to the cashier and asked explicitly for my golabki. It came a few minutes later and I hurridly ate it. It was tasty and hot, but my appetite was ruined and (as previously mentioned) the cost to quantity ratio was problematic. The area was by then packed full of people for a movie showing that night, and the manager was nowhere to be seen, so we gave up on getting our desserts and left. I doubt that we'll ever go back, which is a real shame, as I love ethnic eateries in general and the staff was very polite, but lousy atmosphere, lousy communication, good (but not great) food and marginal overpricing is too much to take again.
A great find! – We stopped by Sasha's to pick up pirozhkis for an international potluck based on a recommendation from a friend. They are in a brand new building on Rockwood next to a Brazilian store. I think they may have moved from the location mentioned in the other review. We were a little disoriented by the maze of imported foods at the entrance, but the delicious smell of the food drew us to the back where you order meals from the counter. We decided to stay for lunch and ordered two kinds of crepes- salmon and ham/cheese. They were extremely fresh and amazingly good. We will definitely go out of our way to have lunch there again.
Best cabbage rolls anywhere. – Only my mother's cabbage rolls compare to Irina's cabbage rolls. These were marinated with just the right amount of spices, and they were full of meat. The store is full exotic and wonderful treats that can't be found anywhere else in Austin. They also carry an extensive collection of Russian books, CD's and DVD's. It is a treat to just visit Sasha's. I found it impossible to walk out without buying a sweet treat.
At this cozy cafe, dine on light Russian fare then purchase your favorites to take home. – In Short
Relax amid sky-blue walls and polished metal tables accented with fresh flowers. Browse the refrigerators and vast, crowded shelves of Russian CDs, DVDs, newspapers, toys and candy. For a classic Russian taste, foodies order pickled vegetables, such as cucumbers and authentic sauerkraut. Seasoned ground beef or chicken fills Siberian dumplings called pelmeni, which come with savory dill cream sauce in a shot glass. Crepes overflow with fruit filling and are topped with cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream.
Visit to Russia – Sasha's is a great find. Although having a very limited menu, the luncheon offerings are interesting, giving the limited kitchen. Some of the food is from the very cans and jars sold on the premises, but some of it is home made. It's a thrill to have a chance to experience what no other restaurant in Austin can provide. The selections in the Deli part of the store are interesting. Whether you want to make Okroshka (using bottled Kvas) or Borsch or a unique fish dish, there are many items from which to choose. The owners are very helpful. It's good to get to know them, because they can help you a lot with expanding your tastes and interests.
We're always happy to take our customers on a culinary tour of Eastern Europe.
One correction: We take great pride in making everything on our Cafe from scratch in our kitchen, and don't serve food taken from market shelves.
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