Initially, I thought Kolobok was a local place, serving traditional or regional Mexican food. But as it turns out, it’s actually a family restaurant run by Russians from Kazan, Russia. And they serve the most authentic Russian food in town, which, truth be told, you don’t really see often.
Found at the Santa Maria la Ribera section along Salvador Diaz Miron, Kolobok is usually very popular with the hipster crowd, and surprisingly little tourists. But what a great discovery if you happen to end up eating here as the restaurant offers one of the best tasting empanadas to sample in Mexico. Their other popular dish is the Kotlety meatballs, which is basically like traditional meatballs with grounded meat, bread crumbs and seasoning. Prices of the food are really so affordable but Admittedly, many of its food choices are nothing of the extra-ordinary but Kolobok prides itself in serving the most flavorful dishes.
Expect several fusion dishes as well, as its main clientele are Mexicans, hence a lot of the food have that distinct Mexican flair, with lots of peppers and spices, despite it being Russian in origin.
Since Kolobok is a business run by a family, don’t expect to get five star service. Sometimes the staff tend to work slow, but that’s not to say they are inefficient. However, they do welcome guests with warmth and a friendly, accommodating service, it feels like you’re dining at a friend’s house.
And speaking of which, the restaurant’s ambience do feel cozy and comfortable. The whole place is fits just enough number of people, and the mood here is always warm and lovely.