Gastronom is Russian for meal and when San Francisco's large Russian emigre community wants a meal that reminds them of home, they turn to this ... More
Gastronom is Russian for meal and when San Francisco's large Russian emigre community wants a meal that reminds them of home, they turn to this delicatessen. Find ready-made stuffed cabbage, smoked fish, piroshkis, blintzes and a wonderful Russian-style yogurt that is tart and pourable. For those wanting to make a meal from scratch, it is one of the few places in the City to get Russian-style farmer's cheese. Do not miss the selection of imported Russian chocolates that are as intense as a winter's midnight in Moscow.
I had an opportunity to visit a wonderful deli and cafe called Gastronom on 22nd and Geary. It was a very positive experience. Because of my ignorance concerning Russian food, I had to ask the staff for some help. They were very courteous and extremely helpful. I selected a potato and mushroom piroshki and a side order of beet salad. The piroshki had a wonderful combination of flavors and was fresh and warm to the touch. The cook did not cut corners: the bread was buttered/oiled very well and there was a generous portion of potatoes and mushrooms in the bun. The beet salad was absolutely one of the best salads I've ever eaten. I was hesitant at first, but I am willing to try anything. The beet salad was made from fresh, shredded beets, garlic, pieces of plum, and crushed walnuts. It was absolutely fantastic.
When I am back in the neighborhood, I will definitely return to this little establishment and try some of their other delicacies.
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