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martinbogo

04/16/2011

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*UPDATE* Quite an improvement...

UPDATE: 6/3/2011
What a difference a couple months can make. Shelves have been re-organized, the entire shop has been swept clean, and there isn't a SINGLE expired item in the place.

A freezer is now full of some good, high quality pirogi. Another is full of kosher Polish and Russian desserts and other delights.

The deli fridge is stocked with a good selection of various sausages and meats, some imported. Finally, the fridges are full of hard-to-get cheeses and other direct fresh imports.

So, in short .. a full restock, a cleanout of old (or expired items), a massive spring cleaning, and a thorough scrubbing.

WELL DONE SASHAS CAFE! That's what I call 'turning it around'

Спасибо, Саша кафе

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How does this place stay in business? I went looking for piroshki's and Sasha's was the only 'hit' on citysearch in Austin.

The food on the shelves isn't just 'a little' expired. Some of it has been sitting there for YEARS. It's not just the frozen and canned goods either. Caviar that is two years out of date, frozen items that have long since perished of freezer burn, and even 'fresh boxed' items were, upon closer inspection, also out of date.

This store needs a visit by the local health authorities, an airing out, a full restock, and a new owner. I don't think anything less will fix the problems here.

richardsnowden

11/18/2010

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Worst Russian market I've seen...

I lived in Moscow 3.5 years and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for 6 months. I can honestly say that Sasha's has the 1) worst selection, 2) highest prices and 3) customer service reminiscent of pre-Peristroyka.
I recently moved to Austin and had a craving for pelmini, shashlik and caviar. Yes, they had frozen pelimini (not at all good) and caviar but several of the cans were, as mentioned in other posts, expired. The clerk was absolutely confounded when I asked for dried shashlik seasoning and equally confused when I asked for skewers. Very unhappy experience, next time I'll order my kvas and Russian supplies online from a reputable place in Chicago or New York and pay the shipping. Waste of time to go to Shasha's in Austin. But hey, I guess everyone needs a place to launder money, eh?

yaya111

06/18/2010

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I wish there was some competition!

Many of my friends stopped shopping there years ago, and finally I joined their ranks and now take advantage of rare visits to Houston to buy Russian food and souvenirs. Prices are high, and quality is the worst of any Russian store I've visited over the years. Some savvy recent immigrants from Russia can tell when candy is fresh and when not to buy, but for a more inexperienced shopper, there is a high chance of ending up with stale products. Sasha doesn't seem to care about repeat business, he wants to sell what's on his shelves at any cost. If your child pokes a finger into some package and dents the sweet roll while you are looking away, you will find it added to your bill. And beware of specials: ""buy 3, get one free"" doesn't mean ""buy 6, you'll get two free"". No more Sasha for me, I'll wait for another trip to Houston, where there is healthy competition and stores have to win their customers.

austinpost

01/16/2010

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Stay away

I am writing this review only to agree with all previous NEGATIVE ones, and to make sure the stream of reminders about this place's expired products does not stop until ""Sasha"", whoever he is, stops this BS.

I wonder how they actually survive given that the reputation of a store with food gone bad long ago is pretty solidly established in this case. Probably, all those little Russian grandmas refuse to use HEB, trusting their compatriots. I wish they realized the ""compatriots"" not only do not give a c**p about them, but actually try to end their days before the date God intended.

therapeautic smile

01/04/2010

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:( MAGGOT IN CHOCOLATE

I loved visiting this store, but after coming home I bit into a piece of chocolate and found a (still wriggling) maggot inside :( I will never eat any chocolate from here again!!!!!!!

tusseymussey

01/11/2009

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Great place for Polish food!

The only thing I missed when I left New Jersey was good Polish food, specifically kielbasa and pierogi. I consider myself lucky to have found Sasha's. Though the place markets itself as a Russian deli, I've only ever purchased the Polish food in their grocery section. The also have a small eatery which I've not yet tried, so I can't speak for it. However, if you're looking for real kielbasa, this is the place. They get it from a Polish deli in Chicago. The potato and cheese pierogi are also authentic. The kraut stuffed pierogi was also good, but a little different from what I'm used to. The stuffed cabbage, Russian-style, is very tasty, too! Check them out!!!

atx 123

11/11/2008

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EWWWW

I actually reported this place to Better Business B a couple of years back for selling expired products.. I bought a can of caviar ( $12 for small can !) and when I opened it at home, it was covered in mold inside.. I looked at expiration date and it expired 2! years ago. They moved from Balcones dr and I decided to check out the new location- dirty, borcht tastes ewww ( there suppose to be meat in it, people!) didnt even bother checking expiration dates but looks like the never stopped selling expired product based on comments in other reviews..
Very very sad that the only russian place in Austin is in such a poor shape. I had been in russian restaraunt in St.Paul in MN ( Moscow on a hill) and just could not get enough of their delicious food ( napoleon cake, I will always miss you).
Either way you will be better off purchasing a russian cookbook and ingridients from the grocery store and making your own- its not hard! And if u wish some crepes- just go to IHOP, their crepes taste much better -I lived in Russia for over 25 years btw.
This place needs to be stopped somehow from selling expired products- what a disrespect to everyone.

mtreyger

09/25/2008

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Great Ethnic and Exotic Food Corner of Austin

Even though I have not experienced the cafe potion of the deli, the products in stock are plentiful and authentic. As with any establishment that purveys exotic foods, the shelf turnover must be watched, but I have yet to see an expired product. The store is clean and the service is excellent. The owner/operator speaks perfect English is always willing to educate on the products he carries.

Winston04

08/30/2008

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Just Keep Driving...

Look, Sasha's is a lot like most Russian eateries throughout the country: impolite staff, overpriced food, unappealing atmosphere. It's no wonder Americans have yet to lean just how wonderful Russian cuisine can be when places like Sasha's peddle poor quality products and a premium price. For those of you who are real Russian foodies, I recommend that you get some good recipes and make your own food. Don't waste your time waiting for overpriced food and impolite service.

romans13

08/10/2008

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EXPIRED PRODACT!!!! AVOID THIS STORE IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH!!

It i a shame that the only Russian store in the city does not care about it's customers . Sasha sells old and expired product, which is sitting on the shelves probably for years. We bought candy and other sweets recently for our week-end guests, and when i opened the sweets they were covered in nasty white dust and smelled just awful. Sasha has been selling bad product for a long time, he has a lot off complaints from the Russian community. This place is no good!!!

so4real

05/07/2008

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NO NO

I went in the other day, the restaurant smelled bad and was dirty. I purchesed a few bags of chocolate covered pretzels and when I got home the chocolate was covered in white powder....old. when I looked at the exp. date they were over a yr expired. Overpriced place, dusty...I'm sure stuff has been sitting on their shelves for quite sometime. No need to go back and not reccommended. The owner was on the phone the whole time and the the other associate ignored me 'till I went up to her with questions, never again. I think the Health Food Dept. needs to stop in soon!

3309

09/19/2007

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Horrible service, okay food

I had high hopes when we went to Sasha's for the first time. The market looked very impressive and the menu, while very limited, looked appealing. Now for the string of disappointments. The arrangement of five tables in a very small area in front of a large-screen TV was not conducive to fine dining. The menu items were overpriced for the amount of food provided (e.g., $4 for a scoop of potato salad). The borscht was supposed to contain beef , but didn't, and when it was reported to the manager, he reported that the cook had forgotten to put it in. He apologized and offer to comp us desserts in return. Two pastries had diced mushrooms OR crumbled meat, but no reason why just one or the other. Vegetarians and carnivores would have appreciated knowing the difference ahead of time. I ordered golabki but got pierogi. I took it back and asked for golabki. Ten minutes later, I asked again for my golabki. Ten minutes later, everyone else in my group had finished eating and I still didn't have my golabki, so I went up to the cashier and asked explicitly for my golabki. It came a few minutes later and I hurridly ate it. It was tasty and hot, but my appetite was ruined and (as previously mentioned) the cost to quantity ratio was problematic. The area was by then packed full of people for a movie showing that night, and the manager was nowhere to be seen, so we gave up on getting our desserts and left. I doubt that we'll ever go back, which is a real shame, as I love ethnic eateries in general and the staff was very polite, but lousy atmosphere, lousy communication, good (but not great) food and marginal overpricing is too much to take again.

amberenergy

12/16/2006

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A great find!

We stopped by Sasha's to pick up pirozhkis for an international potluck based on a recommendation from a friend. They are in a brand new building on Rockwood next to a Brazilian store. I think they may have moved from the location mentioned in the other review. We were a little disoriented by the maze of imported foods at the entrance, but the delicious smell of the food drew us to the back where you order meals from the counter. We decided to stay for lunch and ordered two kinds of crepes- salmon and ham/cheese. They were extremely fresh and amazingly good. We will definitely go out of our way to have lunch there again.

herbertsmithiii

11/22/2006

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Best cabbage rolls anywhere.

Only my mother's cabbage rolls compare to Irina's cabbage rolls. These were marinated with just the right amount of spices, and they were full of meat. The store is full exotic and wonderful treats that can't be found anywhere else in Austin. They also carry an extensive collection of Russian books, CD's and DVD's. It is a treat to just visit Sasha's. I found it impossible to walk out without buying a sweet treat.

goaustin

06/30/2006

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Visit to Russia

Sasha's is a great find. Although having a very limited menu, the luncheon offerings are interesting, giving the limited kitchen. Some of the food is from the very cans and jars sold on the premises, but some of it is home made. It's a thrill to have a chance to experience what no other restaurant in Austin can provide. The selections in the Deli part of the store are interesting. Whether you want to make Okroshka (using bottled Kvas) or Borsch or a unique fish dish, there are many items from which to choose. The owners are very helpful. It's good to get to know them, because they can help you a lot with expanding your tastes and interests.

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