Prosperity Restaurant (http://www.prosperity-london.co.uk) was converted from a café/Ukrainian deli to a restaurant last month so we got the impression that feedback was appreciated when we were done. Here is the feedback: Yummy! Mrs Del Monte and I met Stan and Knockers there relatively early and it was yet to get busy. It seemed awfully quiet for a Friday night. I presume most Twickenhammers were watching the Quins kicking a rugby football at some naughty foreigners. They love that in Twickenham. And Dr Quinn Medicine Woman. And the song The Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann. And sequins. Basically they have one-tracks minds in Twickers. Like the people of Cockermouth.
The very helpful waiter took time to talk us through the menu, which was rammed full of dumplings and pancakes all of which sounded enticing. The food took quite a while to come, and as we were one set of only two tables which we took to be a good sign that the food was being prepared from scratch, and gave us a chance to catch up over a tall, cool Obolon beer.
I ordered the Chicken Kiev (misleadingly called the Kiev cutlet to put off ingénues) which is a step up from your store-bought M&S Kiev due to the addition of melted cheese within. Which can elevate virtually any dish. Reports from the Stroganov and Deruny were very positive. Deruny is like Bubble ‘n’ Squeak, Colcannon, Stoemp, Pyttipanna, Pyttipanne or Pyttipannu, the twist being that the potato is made into a pancake before being mixed in with the other ingredients and profits from such preparation. I think everyone was jealous of the Golubcy, stuffed cabbage leaves, a variation on an Eastern European standard which look very flavoursome served with sour cream and mushroom sauce. The recipe had been passed down from the great grandmother of the great grand mother of the guy running the show.
And all for £62 including beer, a bottle of Georgian wine and no service charge. For four people. In London. In 2014. British pounds. It’s good value is what I’m saying.
59 York Street
Tel: 0203 302 5495