Thursday, May 30, 2013

Arlington: Rus Uz

It's time for another dining adventure with the dining club my friend and I started a couple of months ago (past here & here). This months adventure lead us to Rus Uz, a Russian and Uzbekistan restaurant. 
They don't have a liquor license (yet!) so no vodka flights. We decided to try the Russian drinks they had available. The first was a Russian Rootbeer (don't remember the name). This didn't taste like root beer, can't quite explain what it was but I wouldn't get it again. The other was a Fruit drink with sour cherries, apricots and other fruit. Very interesting, tart and better then the later but still not my favorite. The others liked it.  
They start off the meal with bread and butter. A very different sort of bread and butter. The butter is more of a sour cream, cream cheese mixture. The bread was also heavier and denser then what most are used to. It wasn't my favorite but a lot of the girls liked the change from the typical bread you usually get.


Blini Pancakes $6. Meat in a sort of fried pancake. Delicious. And a safe option if you are new to Russian Cuisine. 
Samsa $6. Baked puff pastry stuffed with minced lamb. Very good, another safe option. 
Vinegret Salad $6. Potatoes, carrots, onions, pickles, green beans diced and seasoned mixed with olive oil. This was probably the least favorite appetizer. Pickled veggies are not my thing but this was the only salad on the menu that did not have mayo in it.
Borscht beet soup with cabbage and lamb. This was amazing. Not having a lot of experience with beets I was not sure what to expect but this was hands down one of the favorites of the night.

Goluptsi...Cabbage Rolls, ground beef and rice stuffed inside cabbage rolls. This was pretty good, this was a favorite of a lot of the girls. I personally prefer it cooked a different way so I was not a huge fan of this dish.
Dolma...Grape Leaves, diced lamb and rice with spices wrapped in grape leaves. This was the other favorite, including mine. I still prefer grape leaves the Middle Eastern way but this was still delicious.
Manti large stuffed dumplings with meat. A very good dish, was liked around the table.
Beef Stroganoff sautéed beef served in a sour cream sauce $15. Another classic, Russian dish, good. 
Qovurma Lagmon homemade pasta, fried with lamb, tomato, spices. Their homemade pasta was really good and the dish was different from your typical pasta but good. 
Another dish with meat dumplings. Pretty tasty.
Soup with the homemade noodles. Not sure of the name as it's not on the online menu. It was good, but if you want soup go for the Borscht.
Overall this was a great experience. Russian food may not be my favorite cuisine but everything that we ate today was quality. The favorites were the grape leaves and cabbage rolls but I would recommend everything ordered today except for the vinagret salad. On a side note, their french fries were amazing.

1000 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA
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  1. Authentic Russian Cuisine, sounds awesome. Can't say I have ever had authentic Russian food, but I'm sure I would love it.

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  2. yum! looks really good and an interesting place :)

  3. It looks like a pretty nice place.... the food looks really yummy. Great french are always a good thing. :)