In a curious turn of events, Haight’s Second Act Marketplace, which serves as a collective home to five local food and beverage business, is shaping to be a prime destination for elevated Russian cuisine. As of last month, the already popular Anda Piroshki (selling the Russian answer to empanadas) is joined by Bulka Bakery, a bakery offering sweet and savory baked goods, coffee, and other delights.
Bulka first officially opened in late January and has moved from new-kid-on-the-block status to accepted neighborhood go-to. This is also the newest venture by Tatiana Kasatkina, who also ran a successful Russian breakfast pop-up at Farm Table.
Loyal to its name, Bulka is serving fresh pastries with a Russian touch, like Poppy seed Blueberry-Blackberry Walnut Rolls, Caramelized Pear Almond Cakes and Mushroom Potato and Spinach Quiche. For breakfast and lunch, there’s a variety of traditional Russian dishes with a healthier Californian twist, posing a great opportunity to veer from the boring Eggs Benny and sandwich varieties.
Instead, how about buckwheat kasha with berries and nuts? Or Siberian pelmeni with green Borsht? For the less adventurous, there are open-faced tartines, and the traditional Reuben, with a Russian dressing whose authenticity you needn’t question.