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*UPDATE* Quite an improvement....
What a difference a couple months can make. Shelves have been re-organized, the entire shop has been swept clean, and there isn't a SINGLE expired item in the place.
A freezer is now full of some good, high quality pirogi. Another is full of kosher Polish and Russian desserts and other delights.
The deli fridge is stocked with a good selection of various sausages and meats, some imported. Finally, the fridges are full of hard-to-get cheeses and other direct fresh imports.
So, in short .. a full restock, a cleanout of old (or expired items), a massive spring cleaning, and a thorough scrubbing.
WELL DONE SASHAS CAFE! That's what I call 'turning it around'
Спасибо, Саша кафе
How does this place stay in business? I went looking for piroshki's and Sasha's was the only 'hit' on citysearch in Austin.
The food on the shelves isn't just 'a little' expired. Some of it has been sitting there for YEARS. It's not just the frozen and canned goods either. Caviar that is two years out of date, frozen items that have long since perished of freezer burn, and even 'fresh boxed' items were, upon closer inspection, also out of date.
This store needs a visit by the local health authorities, an airing out, a full restock, and a new owner. I don't think anything less will fix the problems here.
Worst Russian market I've seen....
I lived in Moscow 3.5 years and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for 6 months. I can honestly say that Sasha's has the 1) worst selection, 2) highest prices and 3) customer service reminiscent of pre-Peristroyka.
I recently moved to Austin and had a craving for pelmini, shashlik and caviar. Yes, they had frozen pelimini (not at all good) and caviar but several of the cans were, as mentioned in other posts, expired. The clerk was absolutely confounded when I asked for dried shashlik seasoning and equally confused when I asked for skewers. Very unhappy experience, next time I'll order my kvas and Russian supplies online from a reputable place in Chicago or New York and pay the shipping. Waste of time to go to Shasha's in Austin. But hey, I guess everyone needs a place to launder money, eh?
I wish there was some competition!. Many of my friends stopped shopping there years ago, and finally I joined their ranks and now take advantage of rare visits to Houston to buy Russian food and souvenirs. Prices are high, and quality is the worst of any Russian store I've visited over the years. Some savvy recent immigrants from Russia can tell when candy is fresh and when not to buy, but for a more inexperienced shopper, there is a high chance of ending up with stale products. Sasha doesn't seem to care about repeat business, he wants to sell what's on his shelves at any cost. If your child pokes a finger into some package and dents the sweet roll while you are looking away, you will find it added to your bill. And beware of specials: "buy 3, get one free" doesn't mean "buy 6, you'll get two free". No more Sasha for me, I'll wait for another trip to Houston, where there is healthy competition and stores have to win their customers.
I am writing this review only to agree with all previous NEGATIVE ones, and to make sure the stream of reminders about this place's expired products does not stop until "Sasha", whoever he is, stops this BS.
I wonder how they actually survive given that the reputation of a store with food gone bad long ago is pretty solidly established in this case. Probably, all those little Russian grandmas refuse to use HEB, trusting their compatriots. I wish they realized the "compatriots" not only do not give a c**p about them, but actually try to end their days before the date God intended.
:( MAGGOT IN CHOCOLATE. I loved visiting this store, but after coming home I bit into a piece of chocolate and found a (still wriggling) maggot inside :( I will never eat any chocolate from here again!!!!!!!
Great place for Polish food!. The only thing I missed when I left New Jersey was good Polish food, specifically kielbasa and pierogi. I consider myself lucky to have found Sasha's. Though the place markets itself as a Russian deli, I've only ever purchased the Polish food in their grocery section. The also have a small eatery which I've not yet tried, so I can't speak for it. However, if you're looking for real kielbasa, this is the place. They get it from a Polish deli in Chicago. The potato and cheese pierogi are also authentic. The kraut stuffed pierogi was also good, but a little different from what I'm used to. The stuffed cabbage, Russian-style, is very tasty, too! Check them out!!!
I actually reported this place to Better Business B a couple of years back for selling expired products.. I bought a can of caviar ( $12 for small can !) and when I opened it at home, it was covered in mold inside.. I looked at expiration date and it expired 2! years ago. They moved from Balcones dr and I decided to check out the new location- dirty, borcht tastes ewww ( there suppose to be meat in it, people!) didnt even bother checking expiration dates but looks like the never stopped selling expired product based on comments in other reviews..
Very very sad that the only russian place in Austin is in such a poor shape. I had been in russian restaraunt in St.Paul in MN ( Moscow on a hill) and just could not get enough of their delicious food ( napoleon cake, I will always miss you).
Either way you will be better off purchasing a russian cookbook and ingridients from the grocery store and making your own- its not hard! And if u wish some crepes- just go to IHOP, their crepes taste much better -I lived in Russia for over 25 years btw.
This place needs to be stopped somehow from selling expired products- what a disrespect to everyone.
Great Ethnic and Exotic Food Corner of Austin. Even though I have not experienced the cafe potion of the deli, the products in stock are plentiful and authentic. As with any establishment that purveys exotic foods, the shelf turnover must be watched, but I have yet to see an expired product. The store is clean and the service is excellent. The owner/operator speaks perfect English is always willing to educate on the products he carries.
Just Keep Driving.... Look, Sasha's is a lot like most Russian eateries throughout the country: impolite staff, overpriced food, unappealing atmosphere. It's no wonder Americans have yet to lean just how wonderful Russian cuisine can be when places like Sasha's peddle poor quality products and a premium price. For those of you who are real Russian foodies, I recommend that you get some good recipes and make your own food. Don't waste your time waiting for overpriced food and impolite service.
EXPIRED PRODACT!!!! AVOID THIS STORE IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH!!. It i a shame that the only Russian store in the city does not care about it's customers . Sasha sells old and expired product, which is sitting on the shelves probably for years. We bought candy and other sweets recently for our week-end guests, and when i opened the sweets they were covered in nasty white dust and smelled just awful. Sasha has been selling bad product for a long time, he has a lot off complaints from the Russian community. This place is no good!!!
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