IS IT SIMPLY DVIN? DVIN RESTAURANT
ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Dvin Restaurant, located at 8143 Big Bend Boulevard, definitely isn’t a traditional restaurant experience but it’s one that’s well worth trying. This small little restaurant tucked away on the main street of Webster Groves, seems relatively undiscovered. Perhaps that’s a good thing since the uniqueness of being so small and special is what makes it one of the best kept secrets in St. Louis.
The restaurant is run by a mother/daughter team, Chef and Russian native Lidiya Skilioti and her daughter, Natasha, who waits tables. The two do their best to make sure the restaurant doesn’t lose its special character. Lidiya stays open as long as she has customers, so there aren’t any set hours. And don’t be surprised if when you open the door, you feel like you’re sitting in this family’s living room. Expect to also hear the delightful things going on and the fabulous aromas coming from back in the kitchen.
The menu is a blend of Eastern European, Greek, and other similar foods. A few of the favorites are the Dolma with mild spicy beef rolled in grape leaves, the Chicken Kiev, and the Ukranian Goulash. The superb deserts have an Eastern European feel, and are not your standard restaurant fare. The Mango Souffle Pie, Lemon Mascarpone Sponge Cake, and the Plum Cake, are all made personally by Lidiya, with special love and care.
It’s a cozy place but has very few employees so it does take a little time to get your food, but the wait is worth it. The prices are incredibly low, but it is a BYOB establishment, so keep that in mind, and it’s also a good idea to call ahead and make a reservation since it’s a very small space. If you love home cooking Eastern European style, you’re gonna fall in love with Dvin.
Some other menu items include:
- Spinach Pie– a tasty healthful combination of spinach, eggs, feta cheese and herbs wrapped in a flaky filo dough 4.95
- Russian Borsch– a traditional Russian vegetarian soup made of beans, tomatoes, potatoes and other vegetables served with sour cream and bread 3.45
- Russian Golublzy– ground beef with rice and spices rolled in cabbage leaves 7.95
- Ukrainian Goulash-an original country-style dish, made with beef, potato & herbs, simmered in its own special sauce and individually baked in clay crock pot. 7.95
- Varenicky– Russian dumplings stuffed with potato and cheese, served with white sauce. 7.95
- Bliny– with smoked salmon 10.75 Baklava- rice with nuts and honey multi -layer cake 4.45
8143 Big Bend Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 968-4000
Contributing Editor: Kara Savio