The Strangest Restaurant Experience of my Life

There’s a cafeteria in a factory that working at probably 15% capacity — a deteriorating shadow of Soviet times. It’s open to the public too, but it seems not many people know about it.

Here’s how you get there. First, find this place:

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Walk through the lot and around this building:

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Then through this alley:

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Across this other lot (there’s a dotted line to help):

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Around the corner, passing the rusting metal tank:

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Along the back side of this building:

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Through this door. Its being already open made the whole trip that much more welcoming. :)

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Up these stairs:

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Across this large, empty ballroom and into the door in the door in the corner:

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Down the hall (the light at the end of this corridor was my second clue after the open door that they were open for business):

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And there you can buy all this food for about $2.35:

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It was delicious! And probably the strangest restaurant experience of my life.

5 Comments

  1. Ed K

    Roman,

    This was a good posting. Almost great except no location.
    Was this in Moscow?

    Ed K

    addendum:

    Obamacare has new medical diagnostic codes
    for ‘injuries sustained from a turtle

    In a little-noticed speech to the Iowa Republican Party this
    month, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul mocked
    President Obama’s signature health care overhaul, noting
    the 122,000 new medical diagnostic codes doctors will have
    to use in order to inform the government about injuries
    sustained by Americans.

    Those codes, said Sen. Paul, a medical doctor himself,
    include line-items for ‘injuries sustained from a turtle,’
    ‘walking into a lamppost’ and ‘injuries sustained from
    burning water skis.’

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  2. Andrii Drozda

    Until WW2 this place was famous alcohol factory in Austro-Hungary and then Poland. The owners of the factory was jewish family Bachewski (Bacheles – original jewish family name). Their products (vodka and liqueur) were well-known symbols of Lviv during decades. After Soviet invasion Bachewski have lost their business, property and left the country.

    There are some old pictures

    http://travelua.com.ua/lvivshhina/lviv-lvivshhina/vul-bogdana-xmelnickogo/fabrika-gorilok-i-likeriv-bachevskogo.html

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    1. Ed K

      Great Post Andrii,

      You explained the other half of the story. You are promoted to story teller.

      Again, great job.

      Ed K

      addendum:

      “Commerce without morality, Politics without principle, Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Education without character, Science without humanity, and Worship without sacrifice.”– Mahatma Gandhi: Mankind’s Seven Social Sins

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  3. elmer

    Roman, this has got to be one of the best stories ever!

    It’s like “Mission Impossible – Zookraine Protocol”

    Anthony Bourdain, from the travel channel, was in Ukraine and did a show. I wish he had been able to include this experience, instead of watching his “friend” Zamir get loaded with vodka all day long.

    The food looks somewhat Middle Eastern. It does look tasty.

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