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Best Places in Odessa to Have a Real Ukrainian Meal: KOMPOT

28. August 2009 by Celeste 0 Comments

There are two things every traveler absolutely MUST do when visiting Odessa: view the sea and drop in for a meal at the KOMPOT restaurant. In fact, it is arguable that sampling the delicious menu at KOMPOT alone is worth a trip to Odessa. 


KOMPOT not only pleases with its tasty traditional Ukrainian dishes and fast, friendly service; the unusual and quirky décor and theme of the restaurant is also sure to entertain all your senses. The menu is designed like the former Soviet Union’s newspaper, listing and describing the variety of dishes available to you. The spirit of Odessa’s past and history is preserved in the décor and atmosphere of the restaurant, including black and white televisions playing old Soviet films and bill boxes in Soviet style “purses”. The restaurant is cozy and welcoming, with an old-fashioned cast iron street sign outside, directing you to their door.


One of the most potent delights to your senses is the fragrant aroma of KOMPOT’s freshly baked bread. Three varieties (rye, wheaten and with bran) are baked daily. These breads are available for purchase as an accompaniment with your meal or to be taken away with you for later. And don’t forget the delicate croissants offered at breakfast! There is nothing quite like enjoying your breakfast at KOMPOT with a great view of Deribasovskaya Street, looking out at the heart of the city in the morning.


Dinner offers several traditional Ukrainian dishes to try, but it is said that to visit Odessa and not try a REAL Odessa borsch is to lose half of your life. The borsch is truly memorable, prepared with bald-ribs and served with pampushki and salo, garlic and greens; this soup alone will make you want to stay the rest of your life.


You have not truly visited Odessa if you haven’t checked out KOMPOT, so be sure to stop in and delight your senses when you’re in town!