Saturday, October 25, 2008

46. Russia: Anton's

6233 Bathurst Street
(just south of Steeles)
416 222 7727

Tucked out of the way in a strip mall, Anton's is a popular place with people from former Soviet Union states. Russian television plays on a large screen over the bar and we English speakers are in the minority. Downstairs is a banquet room for special functions, but it's unoccupied this evening. We receive friendly, efficient service even though the place is packed and they're possibly understaffed.
The menu has a wide cultural range of items including two Uzbeki traditional dishes. Our starters small combo salad (middle eastern fare including tabbouleh, babaganoush, grilled eggplant with tomatoes), $7. 99, bread and borscht $4.45 arrive promptly and I quickly realize that I have over ordered. The main courses come with garden salads: Salmon kebabs with mashed potatoes [seen here]$14.99 and Lamb kebabs $14.99 with rice. In both cases the kebabs are grilled to perfection - not over-cooked and dried out like you get some places. We drink lemon tea, coffee and ice water. Our total bill for three is $52 plus tip. Our server packs up what we can't finish and I head home with food for at least two more meals.

Rating: Ambiance (2)
Service (3)
Food Presentation (3)
Food Quality (3)
Value for Money (4)

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