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Ukrainian Village Restaurant

815 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G2L7
Tel: (604) 687-7440
Neighbourhood: West End

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A good deal for lunch
By thecritic of Vancouver (374 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

My grandfather was Ukrainian and also loved to cook. I have fond memories of going over to my grandparent's house on Sundays for family dinner and eating borcht, perogies, cabbage rolls and other Ukrainian classics. I have been meaning to try this restaurant for a long time and I finally dropped in for lunch.

The Dine Here restaurant description is accurate; this is a family-oriented, simply decorated restaurant. I ordered the 5 perogies and cabbage roll lunch special which is quite reasonably priced at $6.75. Overall, everything was good. The cabbage roll had a bit too much egg in it which is used to bind the rice and beef mixture; my preference is the more crumbly variety that my family makes but this is a minor quibble. The included coleslaw was simple and tasty. Overall the quantity of food for lunch was a good amount so that I was perfectly satisfied but not too full.

I would definitely return when I am looking for a reasonably priced, hearty meal especially for lunch.

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Unimpressed with Ukrainian Village
By VJB of abbotsford (147 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 10:34am [Dine in]

Perhaps I expected too much after reading all the glowing reviews for Ukrainian Village.

I had a craving for pyrogies so we decided to try Ukrainian Village. It is best if you do stick to the pyrogies if you have dinner here. They were okay, certainly not the best I've had but they were passable. I was hoping that they would have a plate that offered just Ukrainian sausage and pyrogies. A previous review mentioned that they felt the platter with sausage, pyrogies and cabbage roll was overpriced at $19.00 and I tend to agree with this assessment. I had pyrogies with a side of Ukrainian sausage and a side of fried onions (I think it should be included in the price - not a additional cost) and my husband had the chicken paprikash. The chicken came on what looked like steamed slices of bread (not dumpllings) and it had no vegetables with it. My husband said that the chicken was tender and the serving was generous but it had no flavour. My husband commented that my chicken paprikash is far superior. We overheard another dinner ask the manager if the cabbage rolls were authentic. She was used to cabbage rolls with ground beef, rice and onions not dill pickle and carrots. I think she was disappointed.

The bill was $47.00 for 1 beer, 1 cider, 1 order pf pyrogies with a side of Ukrainian sausage + fried onions, 1 salad and 1 order of chicken paprikash. It was decent value but could have been so much better if the food was better.

As far as the ambiance is concerned. There is none. It is just like an old style cafe or coffee shop.

I would not return. We'll have to find somewhere else for Ukrainian food.

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Err ... is this as good as it gets?
By EatsFats of Vancouver (312 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

This place is what I imagine it might be if I were Ukrainian (or maybe Russian) and walked into my grandma's restaurant. Except for that horrible, horrible elevator music that continuously plays in the background. Oh, I guess it's a unique atmosphere.

Looks like a lot of high reviews for this place, so we went. And all I gott say is WHAT? You can't tell me this is as good as it gets for Ukrainian food. If it is, I doubt life is very happy in that country.
The soup we ordered (1 borscht, 1 special) was pretty good, nothing mind blowing and, geeze, arguably not even as good as the borscht we make at home. I deliberately stayed away from the perogies for now to avoid being disappointed, so we ended up with some chicken meatball dish, a meatloaf dish and some pelemny(?). The pelemny seems suspiciously like Chinese dumplings and was not bad. Chicken meatballs were passable. So was the meatloaf except for that glop of stuff that was supposed to pass as gravy.

I think it might be good if I made it at home, otherwise, I was quite unimpressed, but we did have plenty of leftovers.

Strangely though, we still had a good time anyways :-) .... maybe it's the music...

There's not a lot of choice in town, so I guess if you need a sampling of Uktrainian food, it's worth a trip. But I suuure hope the previous reviewers are wrong and this is not indicative of really good Ukrainian cuisine....
Don't get me wrong, we did enjoy the food (though I don't know why), it's just distinctly "homely". Maybe too much so.

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Very good
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Perogies, pelemny and borscht, oh my!

This little place is in the competitive Denman dining zone but it seems to hold its own with the Korean BBQ’s and sushi joints. I went with some friends and I had the Ukrainian platter: sausage, perogies and cabbage rolls. All were fabulous, and the meal came with pickled cabbage on the side. Mrs. C had paprika chicken which was tender, with a savoury sauce and featuring a steamed bread that is like the Chinese variety. Our companions had vegetarian cabbage rolls and borscht. The Borscht is a meal in itself, and the veggie CR’s were reported to be awesome. I had Ukrainian beer, and I was impressed with that too.

The couple who run the place are friendly and the restaurant is bright and clean. It is a cozy place for a satisfying meal. The whole gang had a great feed, and we plan to return soon. Next time I will try the schnitzel!

Recommended.

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Truly ethnic!
By Vancouver_foodlover of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

This is a must try for anyone craving ethnic foods. This is one of the only few true ethnic restaurants where the food is like home cooking. We have been coming here on occassion for the usual dishes - beet soup & cabbage rolls.

And other suggested entrees are the Schnitzel and lamb. Portions are large and we came away very satisfied each time.

It is located in the heart of the Denman area. A nice cozy restaurant where good food is appreciated.

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Little House on The Steppe
By Okaliswan of New Westminster (75 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

This quaint place has preserved all the rustic and shambling charm of of a former Soviet Bloc eatery and brought it to fabulous Denman Street. Non Bloc friendly service, but the stifled atmosphere and muted converstaion harkened back to the good old days of the USSR. The food was the strongest point in this restaurant. Well prepared Russian borscht, cabbage rolls and pergogies washed down with tea did the job after a bracing walk around the Seawall. Kinda miss the Slavic mafia that used to hang in here, but not much. Nice place to visit.

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I like it and you can't stop me!
By Gigi50 of West End (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

The title is only for my significant other...I love perogies and cabbage rolls and I was in heaven here! I had the lunch with 2 of each perogie and a cabbage roll. The roll was huge, I make mine smaller but it was delicious. The perogies were great and the fried onions fantastic. The russian borsch is great. The beef stroganoff however...terrible. Cold starchy spaghetti as the noodles did not help and I do not really know what the stroganoff was, it was strange, it was bad. No sour cream in evidence. Tomatoe based something...more like bad stew. On the next try I had a specialty dish. Cannot remember the name but it was GOOD. Pork schnitzle with ham and cheese, rolled and deepfried with a cream sauce to drizzle on top. HEAVEN on a plate folks! Mashed potatoes alongside and some cabbage slaw went well. I like the down home feel of this place as well.

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Ukrainian/Russian food at its best
By Andi710 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

Having lived in Russia for some time in the past, I got addicted to pelmeni, pirogi, but most of all Borschtsch. I do this cabbage and beets soup myself on a regular basis, and sure enough it is different at the restaurant, but not a single bit worse - just different. This is the beauty of down to earth traditional cooking, every village, every household has their own slightly different recipe, and all turned out to be delicious after decades of fine tuning.

When we entered the tiny restaurant, it was crowded. Most people were Russians (at least they spoke Russian), having a big dinner with lots of food and vodka. A good sign, we thought...

We were 4 and a half people and had borschtsch with meet, pirogy, pelmeni, the platter with pirogi and sausages and the goose stuffed with apple. What can I say - everything was delicious. I will not have this kind of dinner every day, as it is clearly not light, but from time to time, especially in winter, we will certainly go for it.

Service was outstanding (although or because the waitress was not Eastern European, but Brazilian ;-), our son loved the living room like atmosphere, and so did we.

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Amazing Pierogies
By gillian of Kitsilano (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

First time trying this place, and I was thoroughly impressed! Had the ukranian borscht to start, which was hot, sour-creamy and hearty, then moved on to the Ukranian Platter, with pierogies, sausage and cabbage rolls. Best pierogies I have had outside of Grand Forks, which is saying something!
Portion sizes are HUGE, so bring an appetite and expect to take half home for lunch.

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so many memories...
By leilani604 of burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

My grandmother used to take me to this restaurant when i was 3-5 years old when we lived on robson. I'd always eat the deserts and pastries, i was a picky child didn't like much healthy food. So i dont remember the perogies or cabbage rolls but my grandmother and my father would always eat those 2 specific dishes when we would come there... I remember a lady who was very friendly always smiling... and gave great service. The ambience isn't too delightful, but this place has been there for years it is small & cozy.
I'll never forget this place.

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Nice comfy night out
By kells of yaletown (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

Ukranian food is never going to blow your taste buds but it is always tasty and filling. The staff at this restaurant are absolutely lovely, they're so friendly and pleasant and the atmosphere just makes it a nice place to go once in awhile. The food is excellent value for money and I walked away swearing I wouldn't need to eat for a week.

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Delicious and down to earth
By superhunkdougal of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

This is a family-run business and while clean and charming I believe its true strength lies in the fact that it is a refreshing change of pace from the increasingly plastic face of Vancouver dining. Husband or wife greet you, a few ladies working away in the kitchen, and an entirely relaxed and comforting atmosphere. Perfect.

Let's not forge the food though, which is always reliable, delicious, and filling. I love the schnitzel here - pounded super thin and always cooked perfectly. The paprika chicken falls off the bone and is wonderful on a rainy day. The perogies are mouth-smacking good.

A few bottles of Obolon beer or the incredible "tea" (made with a few splashes of red wine) round everything out, and always makes for a super cheap meal. I have nothing but good things to say about the Ukrainian Village!

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Tasty
By sbarker of West End, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

I invited my folks to this place for dinner recently, and I was very satisfied. I'm a big fan of perogies. And this place didn't disappoint me. Wonderful hand-made perogies stuffed with potatoes and cheese, smothered with sour cream, bacon, and friend onions... a guy can't go wrong.

I'll be returning.

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Perfect Slavic European Family Restaurant A+++++
By wolbar of Dubai, UAE (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Ratatouille, the movie, had a scene in which a notorious critic had a surreal experience at the dining table when he tasted a meal that took him back to boyhood and his mother's kitchen. Expect this experience at the Ukrainian Village. This is what dining is truly all about and nothing beats that feeling. If you did not come from a Slavic home then come and taste what you would have experienced had you been so fortunate... Enjoy and revel in the flavours! They are as genuine as a boyhood experience.

Atmosphere: friendly, cozy, plants and wood. All food is laboriously prepared from scratch. Even lowly potatoes are freshly hand peeled! There is love and pride in the hand crafted food! A "prairie boy" reviewed the pyrohy are machine stuffed. It is a grievous insult to the cook to claim this – she hands stuffs them personally.

Tasty holubtsi (cabbage rolls) have meat, Eastern Ukraine and Russian style. Ukrainian borscht is superb - filled to the rim with beets! Pyrohy: so stuffed I only order nine with borscht. Cottage cheese filling flavour is outstanding - they match my mother's (God rest her soul). The potato and onion and sauerkraut fillings are also favourites of my friends.

Daily tasty specials such as roast duck or veal schnitzel are offered.

Fried onions, bacon and kovbasa (sausage) are side orders. Fried onion appears partially caramelized and cooked in butter. Blackened a bit on request! YUM!

Value! $17 and take food home. Best deal downtown.

My partner in life is Scottish. After a wedding and an event at the Bayshore we had a reception at the Ukrainian Village with close family and friends. Everyone had a fantastic meal and a terrific time and we hear about it often.
We return to Vancouver biannually from the Middle East and this is the first place on her itinerary.

No better recommendation for a European restaurant. Enjoy the Village!

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Memories of baba's cooking.
By donnietheg of Montreal (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

We all loved the food we ordered. The waitresses were very attentive and gracious. Good service.

The chicken paprika was outstanding. Creamy, super tender and delicious with amazing homemade dumplings. The perogies were tender, the cottage cheese ones were outstanding. Delicious. There was also potato, sauerkraut and potato and cheddar. Very very good. The hot mustard that came with the Ukranian sausage was yummy, cleared your nose, and ranks as Ukranian wasabi!

Come hungry. The portions are generous. But that didn't stop us from ordering extra dishes of 12 perogies and 3 giant meat cabbage rolls to suppliment our entrees. The chicken Kiev was very good, and the baba that came with us ate the whole gigantic piece. It came with mashed potatoes, beet salad and cabbage salad.

Two of our dinners had the vegetarian cabbage rolls and said that they were a bit bland. However, others of us disagreed. They had rice and spinach in them. Very light. It would have been nice to have more dessert choices.

We came from Burnaby and it was worth the hour drive. We grew up eating home made Ukrainian food from our mothers and babas on the prairies. This was authentic and most delicious.

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Reliable comfort Food
By wingzbc of Port Moody (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

There isn't much in terms of good traditional european food in the lowermainland. Of all the places we have tried, this is the only one we will regularly drive 40 minutes to frequent. The Ukrainian Dinner combination is good value and quality, and it is nice to a have a vegetarian option as well.

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I love this place ~
By Mila2201 of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 19, 2008 - 1:54am [Dine in]

This place is really great. It is a cute little slice of grandma's kitchen tucked away in downtown Vancouver.

The food is some home made deliciousness (my favorite is the Chicken Kiev and the Russian Borscht) and i've never had a bad experience here. (I would LOVE it if they brought back the cottege cheese perogies!)
The owner and his wife are very friendly as is the rest of the staff.
I would recommed this place to anyone who misses their grandma's cooking or anyone who is a fan of Russian/Ukrainian food.

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Dissappointing
By Wayne_K of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

Sorry, but coming from the prairies, I was so looking forward to a good ukrainian meal. Being the only ukrainian rest. in Vancouver I guess I just expected too much. The Portion was fairly big but not worth the extreme price that they were charging. Cabbage rolls are supposed to be small filled with rice. Not like little footballs filled mostly with meat.
Perogies are supposed to be made by hand, not by a machine. I expected that at $ 17.95 for a combination plate I would at least have butter & onions on the perogies. They were dry and it turned out that fried onions in butter was and add on option. Garlic Sausage was plentiful, but the claim was it was their special recipe and you couldn't buy it anywhere. They should have just bought ham/garlic sausage from Save-On Foods. It would have been much better. All in all.... quite dissappointing. I won't be going back
Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Surrey) has a combination plate 10 time better for $ 11.00 but unfortunately only one day a month.

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Ukrainian Baba food for those without
By shazz of west end, vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 10:47am [Dine in]

Let me start out by saying that I grew up with a lovely ukrainian grandmother who filled my stomach with hand-made perogies, cabbage rolls, pickles and sausages throughout my early life. When she passed away a few years ago, I thought that those good food memories were relegated to nostalgia.

The Ukrainian Village on Denman Street has gone a long way to filling the void left by the absence of my grandmother's perogies, and it is the perogies that are the litmus test of good, homemade, eastern european cooking. These ones are fresh and hand-made (you can tell whether a perogy is worth eating by the presence of finger marks on the edge of the seams - avoid eating those without). The fillings - I recommend potato/cheddar or sauerkraut - are thick and tasty, and the dough is thin, tender and springy.

The rest of the food is similarly infused with the care and effort that is the hallmark of comfort food. Garlic and dill accent the hearty cabbage rolls (vegetarian or meat) and the expected assortments of paprika chicken, coiled sausage, and fried schnitzels. The soups are another standout, with both Russian and Ukrainian borschts, that are worth the trip alone. Unless you're from the Old Country, you'll be delightfully surprised by the tomato and pork soup with pickles.

Like a traditional dinner around the family table, the Uke Village is defined by the lovely woman who runs the kitchen. She is always happy to have you eat her food, which she has obviously put so much effort and love into. Ukrainian food, like other traditional peasant cuisines, is not fancy and cannot be made using culinary tricks or shortcuts. You either "feel the love" or you don't. The Uke Village serves up the kind of simple yet nuanced and deeply satisfying food my ancestors looked forward to after a day of working in the steel mill or down on the farm.

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