Really good potato dumplings and a cheburek (fried stuffed dough)

Poznaya 38 in Irkutsk: Traditional Local Fast Food

Published: October 1, 2019

Poznaya 38 is a chain of restaurants across Irkutsk that has a variety of Russian, Central Asian, and Buryat foods. It is very inexpensive, very fast, and the best part, very tasty! Meals here run 300-500 rubles ($4-8). There are several locations all around the city, and there are two within a 5 minute walk from the dorms, and one across the park from the university. My favorite one is the one right next to Modniy Kvartal, very close to the bus stop near the Babr statue.

Most of the stores have a similar outside design. The cicular symbol in the logo is supposed to resemble the top of pozy (also known as buzzy).

After walking in and seating yourself, you’ll have a few minutes to look over the menu. Each location is exactly the same; the menu shows pictures and a short description of all the choices in Russian. The waiter or waitress will come to take your order after a few minutes, and then you pay as soon as you have ordered your food. After waiting a few minutes, your tasty meal arrives!

Unfortunately, the meat options for their signature and namesake dish, the pozy (Buryat dumplings: 47 rubles each), as well as the cheburek (a Central Asian fried pastry with meat inside: 70 rubles), and pelmeni (Russian dumplings: 110 rubles per portion) have pork in them (which I don’t eat). Thus, I was not able to try them, but everyone I have asked say they are delicious!

While all their food is really yummy, I think their most underrated item here are their soups. They are always so incredibly good, and there are several different types. My favorite is the kharcho (110 rubles), a Georgian soup that features beef and rice and a lot of spices. The borsht (traditional Russian beet soup: 110 rubles) is also a big hit. While the soups usually come out piping hot, there were a few occasions where they were luke warm, and if you don’t like that, you can always ask them to heat them again.

Menu (with pictures and a short description in Russian)

I also really like the vareniki (Ukrainian dumplings: 100 rubles) with potatoes and mushrooms. They serve them either boiled or fried, and always with a side of sour cream. I personally really like the fried ones, even if they aren’t the most traditional type.

They also have several types of salads and other appetizers, including eggplant, carrot salad, Greek salad, calamari, and Caesar salad (all between 70-140 rubles). In addition, there are also many meat dishes, including a lot of goulash type meals.

Overall, Pozanaya 38 is a really good location if you are looking for an inexpensive and quick meal! Also, don’t forget to try the mors (Russian fruit drink: 60 rubles for 0.4 liters), it is one of the best in the city!

About the author

Katya Grigerman

Katya Grigerman is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is majoring in Political Science, and double minoring in Russian Language and Russian Culture. She is currently spending the year studying in Russia; the summer in Irkutsk, the fall in Saint Petersburg, and the spring in Moscow. After graduating, Katya hopes to work with Russia-US relations.

Program attended: Challenge Grants: Funding for Study Abroad

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