Eastern European cuisine isn't exactly overrepresented in Memphis. Which is part of the reason Eurostyle Restaurant, located next to Mayuri Indian Cuisine on Quince, is such a culinary gem. Plus, this relatively new restaurant — it opened in May — offers a clean, intimate dining experience complete with soft music from a live keyboardist every evening.
The menu is a collection of dishes from a variety of Central and Eastern European countries, including Kyrgyzstan, native home of owner, Farhat Gaziez, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine. A sampling of hot bread, pickled carrots, and cabbage starts off the meal, which sets the stage nicely for a cup of borscht, the traditional beet soup, served hot. The zakuski (which means "little bites" in Russian and are served like hors d'oeuvres) are also a good place to start, particularly if most of the menu items are unfamiliar. The appetizer sampler comes with smoked salmon sandwiches with a dab of lemony sauce; bite-sized pelmeni (meat dumplings with sour cream); vareniki (potato and onion dumplings with sour cream), baked eggplant with cucumber, tomato, and fresh dill; and mushroom julienne, a creamy mix of mushrooms and chicken.
Other highlights include the Central Asian Lagman, made with homemade noodles, lamb, bell peppers, onions, garlic cloves, radishes and scrambled egg and served with spicy garlic and red pepper; and the Golubtsy, stuffed cabbage rolls with ground beef, turkey, and rice served on a bed of mashed potatoes and flanked by asparagus and broccoli. They also have red caviar, beef stroganoff, chicken Kiev, and chicken Tabaka, a Georgian dish with Cornish hen and red mayonnaise sauce.
For dessert, they offer a fresh homemade cake of the day (we had French Napoleon, a flaky cream delicacy that was perfect with after-dinner coffee). They also serve traditional Russian blinis, thin dessert pancakes topped with blueberries or strawberries.
Eurostyle hopes to have its wine license soon, but in the meantime, feel free to bring your own bottle for a small corkage fee. They also have a number of domestic and imported beers and plan on bringing in beers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the future.
Eurostyle serves lunch every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. They also cater private functions.
Eurostyle Restaurant, 6534 Quince (737-7593)
Adding to the yogurt-mania sweeping Memphis, Yogurlite, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, is slated to open any day now on Poplar at Mendenhall. "There are so many yogurt shops on the West Coast, and really everywhere except the South," manager Lauren Tines says. She hopes to bring more of those frozen yogurt options to Memphis.
All the frozen yogurt is made in-house from real yogurt, milk, and sugar, mixed with a variety of flavors imported from Italy. "We will have 10 flavors at all times," Tines says, "but we'll rotate some." Options include chocolate, vanilla, original tart, coconut, pineapple, peach, and cookie dough. They will have 40 toppings, including 14 cold toppings and a number of dry toppings including mochi, a popular Japanese rice cake. Each cup with yogurt and toppings will be priced at around 37 cents per ounce.
Although the hours are still tentative, Tines hopes Yogurlite will be able to stay open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.
For more information, visit the Yogurlite Facebook page or check out @yogurlite on Twitter.
Yogurlite, 5030 Poplar, Suite 4