Trojka, Primrose Hill
We trotted past Trojka on a biting cold Saturday night while on our way to Camden to seek some culinary delights. Fortunately our journey was cut short by the warm and welcoming orangey-red interior which invited us into this Russian restaurant.
It was a busy evening so we waited for a table, and after 10 minutes was ushered over by a friendly yet frazzled waitress. The menu is extensive and full of very helpful descriptions (thankfully; I know zilch about Russian food.)
All 3 of us started with Ukranian Borsch and smetana (£2.95). This beetroot soup was served warm with soft onions swimming around the bottom. A dollop of sour cream lent some extra creaminess and balanced the tang from the tomato base perfectly. I want more Borsch! I think I’ll try and make it at home.
My main was Coulibiak (£7.90)- an old Russian recipe of salmon pie stuffed with mushrooms, spinach, rice, and kasha. This was topped with smetana and doused in a tomato sauce. Three words to describe the Coulibiak is homely, comforting and filling - exactly what you want on a chilly London night. The pastry was crispy on the outside and softened within by the warm, steamy fillings. I may have personally added a few more herbs to deepen the flavour, but on the whole, I found the Coulibiak to be very satisfying and not too heavy.
My dessert was Russian Pavlova - bananas, kiwis and apples covered liberally in cream and chocolate sauce then crowned with vanilla ice cream. I did have to dig around for the meringue but I found it! Again, this dish was very simple and did a great job of sweetening my palette.
The atmosphere alone at Trojka is enough to recommend the place. It is a small, cosy yet bustling restaurant. The food they serve is pure comfort food; don’t come here expecting haute-cuisine gourmet fireworks.
I almost felt as if we were just guests at the home of some Russian family, being fed and watered generously, not to mention entertained by the fiddler playing an endless medley of traditional folk songs (£1 cover charge for this). Trojka is a fantastic little gem and I will definitely be returning.
*EDIT* 3 weeks after writing this review, I found out Trojka has since closed down due to a 70% rent hike. Really sad when places like this have to close.