The Ukrainian Restaurant is a hidden gem on Marion Avenue. Its owner, Anna Momcilvic, has been running it for the last 40 years.
Momcilovic moved to Canada from Zagreb in the ‘50s, after completing a degree in economics. Her father expected her to come back, but she stayed in Windsor, got married and raised a family.
The restaurant business came soon after. Its original owner, Havriluk Paraskvija, sold it to Momcilovic after he husband Nikolai fell ill.
Momcilovic recalls how Havriluk would visit every day. She missed her restaurant and she was alone all day so she would come and help out.
“I used to say, okay, today we make perogies or today we make sauerkraut” says Momcilovic, recalling Havriluk’s perennial presence in the kitchen.
Nothing has really changed since then. The décor is still the same, and so is the menu, whose prices have been adjusted to counteract the inflation.
Momcilovic still runs the restaurant-unaided. She is 80 years old and every day she prepares Ukrainian culinary staples, like borscht soup, cabbage rolls, perogies.
The clientele is made up of regulars and the restaurant is known by word-of-mouth.
It is open seven days a week, as advertised on a lamp-post.