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Late Night, Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed June 17, 2020 via mobile

6/16/20 I came here for dinner. I was driving near by for work and was craving something from my “native country” I decided to order “outside the box” and try something more adventurous. So I ordered the Greek pelmemi and the kahn pelmeni. I had...the carrot salad and the cabbage salad. I am most definitely not a fan of hoisin sauce and I didn’t realize it until I bite into my first pelmeni. The carrot salad was most definitely not what I expected, I thought it was going to be traditional Eastern European style and it was more bland than I expected. I definitely enjoyed the Greek style version and was able to save some of the Hoisin sauced ones by cutting out the meat from the dumpling and using sour cream to mask the sauce. Overall, the food was good, but I should’ve stuck to traditional flavors and ordered the plain type. I’d recommend trying the pelmeni to anyone who’s never had Eastern European foods, as this is as close to it, that anyone would ever have, unless there’s other more authentic “Russian” type of restaurants.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

*the Fremont location* We've stopped here many times in the past, as well as tonight. You can usually find street parking somewhere on the block, then walk back to the alley entrance. It looks a little unconventional, but it really is great. I've had most...of the types of pelmeni - and I usually prefer beef. Potato is good too. The salads are a nice counter-point. Do yourself a favor and get a HUGE pickle to go along with your meal - the vinegar cuts through the sour cream or cheese or whatever else you have on your dumplings. Dinner for two (including two regular sized meals, sodas, and one salad to share) runs around $30. Then you just find a place to sit in the open space and enjoy the ambiance. It kind of feels a little like a coffee shop like that. They often have art on the walls from local artists. Excellent in winter, good in summer too. Can get it 'to go' And it's open pretty late, too.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019

Pel Meni Dumpling Tzar has two locations, but it's easier to find parking on the street in Fremont (the Center of the Universe). Capitol Hill is a madhouse. This hole-in-the-wall is just the spot for late-night snack food after a show. It's off the beaten...path, tucked away in a small alley between other businesses. It looks kind of like a forgotten SpeakEasy late at night. But very cool. The concept of Russian style dumplings (little Pierogi) really appealed to my husband and me. Tzar offers classic and traditional meat and potatoes as fillings, as well as trendy specialty dumplings, like a mac 'n cheese version, or an Asian style pork and cabbage. The dumplings are offered in small, regular, and large sizes, or a meal in a combo with a drink and a selection of salads — and with slices of this delectable brown bread. I loved my Classic (potato) Dumplings. They were buttery, with hints of spicy in the Tzar red sauce. I think mine had curry and cilantro too, and a dollop of sour cream. My husband went for the Traditional (meat) Dumplings, large, in a combo with the creamy cucumber salad. I liked his too, which wasn't as dressed up as mine, and tasted a bit sour from the vinegar. The cucumber salad was very nice, but could've used a little more salt. The server took our order and promptly began boiling the dumplings in these huge vats. Very homey. I wish they'd offer as big a selection as the Capitol Hill location, like the dessert Nutella dumplings and Vareniki Fries (fried potato-cheese dumplings).More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

It was our first time going to Tzar Dumplings, it was our son's birthday and he had eaten here on numerous occasions and loved it. When we got there at about 7pm we had the place to ourselves. There was 6 of us and several...of us ordered multiple kinds of dumplings. We also tried the Cucumber Salad with Dill. Our cucumber salad was great. Once our salad was done our dumplings started to arrive at our table. We had the Traditional, Classic and a Greek style. They were delicious. We were celebrating our youngest son's birthday and the nice lady at the front counter let us bring in our cake. The entrance could be difficult to see if you are in a hurry. We will go back. ThanksMore

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

Pelmeni are dumplings of Russian cuisine which consists of a filling of minced meat (such as pork, lamb, beef or any other kind of meat), fish or mushrooms wrapped in thin, unleavened dough. We tried three different Pelmeni. Traditional: with sour cream, butter and vinegar...topping….. Classic: sour cream, butter, curry and cilantro …. Greek: chicken dumplings topped with lemon butter, feta, red onion, Greek olives, tzatziki and pita. The cuisine was different but nothing to do cartwheels for. The ambiance was unique. We can now say we experienced TZAR.More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed January 11, 2018

I have to point out for the sake of reference, that I grew up in the Soviet Union, and several generations of my family knew how to cook Russian food well, so my expectations might be more demanding than in other reviews. Pros: this establishment...serves many kind of dumplings: beef, potato, cheesy and otherwise. If you are looking for something different, their food isn't bad. They even have a cute gimmick, where the male waiter is wearing a cute furry hat I remember from my childhood, incidentally the kind one needs against the Russian cold. LOL They have a restroom inside, you have to ask for the key. They have several tables, and good hours of operation, all the way into the night. Cons They are not easy to find, our bus driver had to make several rounds before he noticed their sign, that seems hidden between buildings. They have somewhat loud music, that does not appear to have anything in common with any genre of classic or contemporary Russian music, and barely allows for a decent conversation. They have several sizes of a dish, I went for a regular, and remained hungry, despite its price not being cheap. The prices are somewhat steep, which would be alright for something as rare as Russian food, so see my next point. Their food is OK, but not authentic, I did not recognize the flavor of the Pelmeni/Dumplings I expected to find. The vinegar that Russians do serve with the dumplings was not correct, it might have been about the overall seasoning, the different ingredients, but the dumplings did not have the proper flavoring. The Pelmeni restaurant even had Rice vinegar to substitute for our Russian Uksus,but it tasted much weaker. I earlier introduced my wife and friend to the authentic Russian food through Piroshky on 3rd and they were the first to point out to me, that after that, they expected more from Pelmeni. Again, for reference sake, I liked the Russian food at Kachka(Portland OR) and Piroshky on 3rd (Seattle, WA) but I did not relish Tzar Pelmeni. They are not bad in their own right, but do not represent authentic Russian recipes.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed July 16, 2017

Heard about this from a friend. Dumplings good, basic service and dining area ( we choose outside patio). Picture shows bread with meal, we were not served bread---so ask if you want bread.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

Was out on my last evening in Seattle and wanted to soak in some of the flavor of Capitol Hill. The whole district was jumpin' with several streets cordoned off to accomodate pedestrians. A close friend suggested Tzar for their Eastern European specialty dumplings. I'm...not usually an "adventurous eater" but was up to trying something new. I tried their traditional potato dumplings with sour cream, butter, and hot sauce. Hmmm, now this was a favorful treat worth remembering! Looming for something different? Try Tzar!More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

You have to kind of look for this place--there is usually a sign out on the sidewalk. It is worth finding for lunch, dinner or late night snack. The potato and meat dumplings are both delicious and the sauce makes them extra good. Not much...of an atmosphere or anything, just a local favorite. Wish the orders were a little bigger!More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed March 6, 2017 via mobile

Having had some fine pelmeni couple of weeks ago at Kachka in Portland(REALLY GOOD meal) came in for a casual bowl of mixed beef and potato dumplings, with classic sides...dang!! ...shoulda ordered TWO bowls for myself! Served straightaway, no wait and completely sated. Good find...in an alley...look for the sign.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4