Shern, Jon and I met earlier and had a few drinks and I decided to go with vodka in honour of the occasion. We met up with Steve at The Crimean as he was going straight there after work trip interstate.
The drinks menu is pretty impressive with various authentic Eastern European beers which the gentlemen tried and Shern and I kept hydrated with vodka cocktails.
The chicken croquettes were like those yummy mini kievs I used to eat as a child but so much better. Moist chicken meat, crispy crumb exterior and a heady garlic and buttery fragrance and flavour coming out from the meat.
The beetroot was nicely pickled with a sweet and tart tang and a smoky edge from the creamy feta and the walnuts added texures.
The best dish though was probably these delightful dumplings with the creamy and buttery sauce. Soft pillows of squishy meat and a light but chewy casing. Really scrumptious and more please!
A vodka shot in between meals - why not? Shern and I enjoyed a beautifully smooth caramel vodka that was so fragrant but not surgary or sweet in flavour. The fragrance itself was enough to make it taste sweet.
The goulash was flavoursome and scented and flavoured with paprika. The potato balls were soft and floury and the beef tender that we cut it up with a spoon.
The lamb was equally tender and the citrus flavours kept it light. Both dishes were good. Shern commented that the lamb whilst good was like something she could cook at home whereas the goulash would be hard to re create and get the balance of spices right.
We shared some potatoes and crispy fried cauliflower as a table.
The Crimean is a great place to eat and drink. It's romantically dark with atmospheric lighting. Decor is Soviet elegance with high ceilings, grey walls and plenty to look at and admire. The welcome is warm, the food hearty and the drink flows; great place for friends to come together and enjoy.