Find the Russian dumpling cafe Vostok Dumpling House at 1126 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma. Sue Kidd
Find the Russian dumpling cafe Vostok Dumpling House at 1126 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma. Sue Kidd

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Now open: Vostok Dumpling House in downtown Tacoma

November 30, 2015 07:41 AM

The Russian dumpling cafe, Vostok Dumpling House, opened Saturday at 1126 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma.

The casual cafe featuring a menu of Eastern European dumplings, soups and piroshki is an outpost of the Seattle restaurant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The brother-sister team of Andrey Tokar and Anna Motso is behind the cafe, which will have the same hours as the Seattle dumpling house, serving lunch and dinner daily.

Motso is a graduate of South Seattle Community College’s culinary arts program.

Tokar described his dumpling house in a phone interview this summer as a modern-Northwest take on the dumpling take-out restaurants he remembers from his childhood in the Ukraine. “We’re not really aiming for a high-end dining experience. It’s more of a casual place with quick eats,” he said.

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The cafe specializes in a mix-and-match menu with a choice of pelmeni or vareniki, stuffed with ingredients ranging from pork to chicken and potato-cheese, paired with a list of sauces that includes a dill, sour cream, thyme or butter sauce, among others. Dumplings start at $5.25 for a half order and top out at around $10 for a full order.

Add-ins of sour cream, bacon and caramelized onions range from 50 cents to around $2.

Diners can skip the customization and order from a list of “styles,” which are preselected flavor combinations added to any flavor of dumpling. The Ivan, for instance, comes with a garlic sauce, bacon and caramelized onions.

Rounding out the menu are borscht, as well as red cabbage and carrot salads ($3.50-$5). Piroshki include savory (sauerkraut) and sweet (cherry and apple) and are priced $3.50-$5.

The restaurant has opened next door to the newly opened Dunagan Brewing Co. Mad Hat Tea is two doors down.

Vostok Dumpling House

Where: 1126 Commerce St., Tacoma.

Information: 253-301-1085 or