Pelmeni, blini, borsch — Bazaar deli/cafe is new in South Reno
Dumplings still issue from 3652 S. Virginia St., suite C-1, but instead of pot stickers, they’re now pelmeni.
The space, once occupied by Twin Dragon Chinese Restaurant, now houses the newly opened Bazaar European Deli & Café that offers Eastern European specialty foods from Russia, Poland, Romania, Armenia and other countries.
Pelmeni, the small, plump, thin-skinned Russian dumplings typically filled with minced meat or fish, are most definitely on the menu. And one of the world’s great culinary pleasures is a bowl of warm pelmeni with a scatter of fresh dill and a melting snow cap of sour cream on top.
Bazaar isn’t the first Eastern European spot to set up shop in Reno.
A little more than a decade ago, Moscow Market & Deli opened on East Plumb Lane across from Marisco’s El Pescador; it lasted about four years.
BAZAAR EUROPEAN DELI & CAFÉ
Address: 3652 S. Virginia St., suite C-1, in the center adjacent to the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
On the web:www.bazaardeli.com
Aroma Club, a coffee shop serving Russian food, opened in 2009 in a corner of Reno Town Mall and made a go of things for about six years. Service was sometimes indifferent, but the pelmeni, most folks agreed, were top-notch.
On the shelf
Family owned Bazaar European offers much to explore in its fairly roomy storefront space.
There are two aisles of goods like Czar Nikolas II Russian teas, jars of fried vegetables and sliced peppers in tomato purée from Armenia, pickled nameko mushrooms (a variety with a natural gelatin used as a thickener), red and green tkemali (Georgian sour plum sauce), special pastas for Slavic-Turkic dishes, and preserves in packaging inspired by matryoshka dolls.
The market-café also features a small stock of fresh produce, freezer cases supplied with blintzes and pelmeni variously filled, and deli cases with meats, cheese and prepared foods.
A large menu board stretches across one wall, listing coffee drinks, borsch and shuba (beet soup and salad, respectively), pelmeni, sandwiches like salami or smoked salmon, and blinchiki (Russian crȇpes) enrobing red caviar or farmer’s cheese.
Bazaar European Deli & Café is going to require several more visits after the holidays — this I already know.
In the meantime, I’ll content myself with what I picked up during my quick visit the other afternoon: a pirozhok (bun) stuffed with cabbage and chopped egg that made for a late lunch and the chicken blintzesi doing nicely for a late-night snack as I write these words.