Estrellita Restaurant, is a Mexican restaurant situated on Ekaterininskaya.
Hmmm, what else to say about it…….the best and kindest thing I can say about it, is that it is on Ekaterininskya!!
It is about as authentic Mexican as……well I am. It is about as authentic “Mexican” as Che Guevara, who’s pictures and memorabilia anoint the walls of the restaurant. (Errrm, no silly, Che Guevara wasn’t Mexican but was born in Argentina and was killed in Bolivia in 1967 and only spent a few years in Mexico whilst passing through…..although he obviously spent more time there than anyone or anything from Estrellita’s).
There are better Mexican restaurants in Odessa, which will have their own blog of course.
Anyway, every time I have been….and I have been several times….under protest…..to meet people rather than specifically go there to eat…..half of what is on the menu is not available.
The menu comes in both English and Russian, but as far as I know, only the boss speaks any English, so quite often one menu is held next to the other to find what you order in Russian…….if you can’t speak Russian that is!
When the sun is out, to sit outside and drink a cappuccino and watch the world go by in a particularly attractive part of the City makes this restaurant a pleasant place to be.
What?……Go back a bit…….what do you mean half the bloody menu is not available?……you can’t just leave it like that……some justification for that remark please!!!
Ok, you’re probably right so I will give you but 2 examples from the 3 times I have been.
The first time, I had to make 3 different selections until I found something on the menu that I would eat and they had all the ingredients for.
The second time, well it takes some getting your head around. There is an “English Breakfast” which includes 2 eggs and an “American Breakfast” which has only 1 egg…….or is it the other way around…..whatever…..one has 2 eggs and one has 1 egg. Clear so far?
So anyway, one bright any sunny morning last summer (2008), 6 people met there for a “business breakfast”…..not something I generally do, but 3 of the 6 were Americans and therefore obviously like to talk “bollocks” for 30 minutes whilst eating followed by of 10 minutes of direct business relevant chat and away we go to make some money…..instead of just 10 minutes business talk and away we all go.
Anyway, two of the group wanted the breakfast with 2 eggs (making 4 eggs in total) and others wanted other things…..I say it was “breakfast” in the loosest possible terms…..it was more like 11.30. Back to the point, they were told they couldn’t have the breakfast with 2 eggs because there weren’t enough….but could have the breakfast with 1 egg. They agreed this and as the waitress went around, two others from the group, having read what the breakfast actually consisted of, changed their order and also ordered the said breakfast with one egg.
“Horosho” (Russian for Good….or in this case OK) came from the waitress and of she scuttled to the kitchen.
Now you do not have to be Dr Stephen Hawking to work out 2 + 2 = 4…….but also 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 4…..meaning that the 2 who wanted the breakfast with 2 eggs originally could have had it even though they were told there were not 4 eggs.
Well, sure as “eggs are eggs” about 15 minutes later the food arrived, with 4 breakfasts, each with 1 egg a-piece. Several minutes later, some other people sat nearby were also served with breakfasts…..which had 2 eggs.
A quick question was then asked of the waitress……”I thought you said you had no eggs?” “We don’t” came the reply. Now I know you may think this is down to language difficulties…..but it wasn’t, the whole conversation was carried out in fluent Russian by fluent Russian speakers!!!
Going back to the point, however, if you want something “vaguely Mexican” by way of food, you can try here. If you want something even just “remotely Mexican” by way of food, then give this place a miss as you will be severely disappointed….even if they have all the ingredients……and enough eggs!!
My advice, if you find yourself knocking about this area of town and feeling kinda peckish, is to take a short walk up the slight hill to Deribovskaya, where you won’t find a Mexican restaurant but you will find food which actually is what is says it is.