Apr 27, 2010

Dom u Dorogi v Patonge


Hey there folks! Just came back from an extended stay in Asia. And I come back with a bone to pick with a restaurant, located in Patong Beach, Pkuket, Thailand. This restaurant is called "Dom u dorogi/Russian Roadhouse", and here are all the reasons I hated it and no self respecting Russian or Russophile should ever go there.

1. While the menu is in Russian, none of the staff speaks Russian and thus can't understand what you're ordering at all!

2. Beer selection. Obvious items missing from the beer lists, um, BALTIKA! Also, no zolotaya bochka, a personal fave.

3. So there was a whole page in the menu called "Drinks for Serious People" and the Thai lady boy waiting on me said he/she couldn't make any of them, including a "Red Russian", which as far as I could tell was just vodka and cherry juice. No idea why that wasn't possible.

4. I patented a "Red Russian" as a "Blushin' Russian Bride" years ago! (cherry juice and vodka, get it?)

5. I said black bread, not rye bread!

6. My potato should have been smothered with mushroom sauce not mushrooms and soy!

7. The blini were clearly straight from the McGriddle, and I think I even saw an M in the dough. And btw, American pancakes are not blini and don't go well with sour cream.

8. When my friend refused to pay for the blini, we had the cops called on us.

Dear Dom u dorogi in Phuket. I hate you. You exist to disappoint. PS. Thanks for the free rakia, but I still hate you.

I swear I'll go back to hard hitting items by tomorrow. I just had to get this off my chest.

9 comments:

Sublime Oblivion said...

That's the good thing about the Internet. If some restaurant screws you over, you can screw them right back on multiple reviews sites!

Anonymous said...

So you went to Thailand and saw a Russian restaurant. Let me get this straight -- instead of snapping a photo and moving on to find a curry stand, you actually sat down and ate there? And then were *shocked* to find it wasn't the real deal? What is wrong with you?

Ella said...

Something is definitely wrong with the author of the post. I am with you "Anonymous". It is like for a an American(me) going to Paris and eating in McDonalds. Jeeezzz.....

Ern said...

Sometimes you're homesick, and to be fair to me, if they had agreed to make any of the drinks on the menu, I probably would have been satisfied. Also, I think it's fair to say no matter what the restaurant, you should expect that they didn't order from McDonald's to "make" your meal.

Mykola said...

Note to self: Do not go to Thailand to experience Russian food. Hey, at least the Red Shirts didn't get you!

Ern said...

I must say the Red Shirts were surprisingly friendly and did their best to not scare tourists, despite the grenades and the blocking of several shops and streets.

Anonymous said...

I've been there a couple of years ago and loved it. Unless things changed - dont see why it was so bad for you. The restaurant owner (Ura) was there and gave us some home-made salo.

Maybe he was away when you came and the place was run down

Roman said...

Surprised to get across such a negative review. Was it Phuket several times and always visited "Dom u dogori" for a nice meal and cozy home atmosphere. Obviously food is not as Russian as we expect it to be when going to a restaurant in Moscow (ingredients in jungle differ a lot from the ones you get in Russia or Europe), but all the meat meals, snacks going with vodka and soups are pretty splendid, keeping in mind that you are not in Russia. I felt myself as on the home soil when eating there. And come on, ordering a cocktail in a Russian restaurant... The place is good, just slightly overpriced. But its worth the food and I stress out - the feeling of being home for a little while.

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