Salmon and cucumber блин

Ukh, Ty Blin! in Vladivostok

Published: March 25, 2013

Ukh, Ty Blin!/Ух, Ты Блин!
Ул. Адмирал Фокина, д. 9
10 am – 9 pm Daily
Meals from $4

Having just come out of the Масленица (Maslenitsa) season, I was going through блины (bliny) withdrawal pretty badly. As usual, however, I was too lazy to put hand to stovetop on my own, so I, along with my SRAS partner in crime Danielle Covolo, hurried on down to a little блины bar that I had heard about in the center, called Ух, ты блин (Ukh, ty blin; a cute play on a Russian almost-expletive).

Located basically at the heart of the city, the place is a snap to find. Upon getting inside, however, I was a bit disappointed: the focus did not seem to be on блины. In fact, the place seemed more like a Starbucks that just happened to have a блины snack menu; the assortment was not that varied, and the number of hot coffee drinks, soup concoctions and deserts by far overshadowed the блины list. Since we had come, however, I decided to give it a go. The way the restaurant is styled, you first place your order at a counter, and you then choose a seat and wait for your food and drink to be brought out to you. I was at first puzzled by the fact that they didn’t give out some kind of number to the customers to verify orders, but I quickly began to understand as I realized how small the place actually was. Luckily Danielle and I were able to snag a table, but I can imagine that during a lunch rush, Ух, ты блин would not be the place to go if you wanted assured seating.

I ordered a savory блин with salmon and cucumber for 150 ru, a sweet one with cooked condensed milk, to which I added ice cream for 85 ru, and a non-alcoholic глинтвейн (glintvein; mulled wine/spice drink) for 50 ru. Our food was brought out to us fairly quickly, and I will admit that the блины were quite large and quite filling. That is, however, the end of the good things that I can say about them. The блины themselves were of mediocre quality at best. In fact, I can make better homemade ones when the mood arises, which is a sad comment to have to make about a café that supposedly focuses on this type of food. Furthermore, the глинтвейн was way too sweet, and there was not a thing mulled about the drink; it tasted like semi-heated Kool-Aid with a tangy after-kick. Thus, in short, I cannot say that I would recommend Ух, ты блин at all. Save your money and make your own блины at home!

For groups and faculty-led tours, I would not recommend this café either, as the seating has the potential to be very tight, and I do not see a group being very comfortable in the confines of the place even were there enough seats available.

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Jordan Bryant

Jordan Bryant is a recent graduate of Harvard University (Go Crimson!), who specialized in both Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Classics. In order to deepen her knowledge of the Russian language and study the culture from a perspective different than the ones she had already experienced in the "two capitals", she has journeyed to Vladivostok, which is on the other side of the country! After she returns from Russia, she hopes to matriculate into law school and work in the field of international corporate law in Eastern Europe.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholar: $10,000 to Study Abroad

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