International Adventures in Food: Carrollton’s Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga

So our Sunday got a little bit weird. We drove out to Carrollton and found a section of a strip mall painted with colorful columns and vines and whatnot. The words “spa” and “live music” and “cafe” and “WTF” (not really, but it might as well have been), were painted on the windows of the place. We were invited to visit Carrollton’s Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga, which is under new management. You may have actually heard of this place, because a while back it got some press for being visited by none other than Andrew Zimmern during his trip to Dallas to eat bugs and animal heads with the likes of Daniel Vaughn and Tim Love. Russian food and bugs and animal heads. Those are our bizarre foods, apparently.

Anyway, back to “WTF.” You’ve heard of King Spa, right? This is not it. This is a restaurant that serves Eastern European food, accompanied by a Russian Banya-style spa. We did not partake in the spa on our visit (we had the food babies with us and seeing old naked folks is not on their to-do list), but to say we partook in the Eastern European food would be an understatement. Let’s take a look inside…

Yoohoo! Any naked dudes? No? Okay I’ll come use the restroom in here…
Herring "under a fur coat"  at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Herring “under a fur coat” at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch

 

meat-filled pastry at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Meat-filled pastries are a don’t miss at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Russian nesting dolls  at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Hello ladies! Russian nesting dolls at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Borsht  at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Borsht with beef at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Dumplings  at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Meat-filled dumplings at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Meat-filled blintzes  at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Meat-filled blintzes at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Dumplings  at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
More meat-filled dumplings at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
dumplings  at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Incredible potato dumplings at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Dumpling porn. Photo by foodbitch
Dumpling porn. Photo by foodbitch
Chicken kebab plate at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Chicken kebab with crispy potatoes at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Lamb at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Lamb at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
Desserts at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch
An array of desserts at Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga in Carrollton. Photo by foodbitch

 

Until next time…

All in all, the dumplings were my favorites, especially the velvety-smooth potato-filled ones (like perogies) and the meat-filled ones that came in a soup. So good. The desserts are pretty killer too, my favorite was the delicate and sweet Napoleon cake, but the others were damn great too. And meat-filled everything? Not a problem. You really can’t go wrong. My Food Bastard husband was obsessed with the “herring under a fur coat,” which is basically a layered food item containing hot pink beets, hard-boiled egg, carrots, sour cream, and herring. Not my bag, but totally his. Fresh bread with garlicky, spicy Russian “salsa” was a lovely start, and the new owners, Mark and Marina, are happy to talk to you about all the food and history of the place. If you’re food-adventurous, this is a great place to have a food adventure!

Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga  |  2515 E. Rosemeade Pkwy. #401  |  russianbanyaofdallas.com

 

Disclaimer: We were invited to the Russian Banya & Restaurant Volga to check it out and feast so we could tell you all about it. Our food was taken care of AKA comped. I think we’re basically part of the Russian mafia now. Is there a Russian food mafia? Anyway, we’ll be back for more ALL THE dumplings next time we’re anywhere near Carrollton. And my Food Bastard husband is most definitely hitting up the thing where you pay them to hit you with leaves and sticks like ASAP. Plus, he’d love to go for a ‘schvitz’ in the sauna.