Russian Olympics

  • Iirinas Sochi
  • Irina Khartchenko of Sochi, Russia, owner of Irina’s Restaurant and Bar.

Enjoy Olympics with Russian dishes and drinks

Published on February 4th, 2014 | by Heather Torpy

The 2014 Winter Olympics start Friday in Sochi, Russia. If you want to enjoy the games in a Russian atmosphere, look no further than Irina’s Restaurant and Bar in Urbandale. Owners Irina Khartchenko and Dmitri Iakovlev are from Sochi and are excited to share their culture with customers through the Olympics, which runs until Feb. 23.

During the nightly Olympic broadcasts on NBC, Irina’s will have the games on all of their TV and projectors and will offer happy hour prices. Well drinks will be $2, get $1 off Baltika beer and appetizers will be half price.

Irina’s will be serving four entrees for 20 percent off the regular price during the broadcasts, making it a perfect time to sample Russian cuisine. The dishes included will be the Moscow filet ($22), Russian-style beef stroganov ($17), Russian pork shashlik ($18) and chicken Kiev ($22).

The Moscow filet is a center-cut shoulder filet stuffed with sauteed mushrooms, onion, spinach, Parmesan and Alfredo and served with asparagus. The Russian-style beef stroganov is black Angus beef tips seared with green pepper, onion, mushrooms and garlic tossed with Alfredo sauce and served with mashed potatoes.

The Russian pork shashlik is marinated grilled pork on the skewer with vegetables and served with choice of a side. Chicken Kiev is a chicken breast stuffed with fresh herbs and butter with a cracker meal coating. It is served with mashed potatoes, caramelized onions and mushrooms in vodka cream sauce.

Irina’s also has a very large list of vodkas both domestic and imported. They range in price from $5 to $75 per shot. Irina suggests trying the Russian Standard Platinum ($7), Russian Standard Black ($6) or the Jewel of Russia Classic ($10) for people who aren’t familiar with Russian vodkas. There is also a martini menu and the three Irina recommends the most are the Irina’s dirty martini for $8 (choose from Ketel One Vodka or Russian Standard Vodka, a splash of olive juice, vermouth and garnished with regular or blue cheese-stuffed olives), mango madness, $8 (Parrot Bay Passion Fruit Rum, Absolut Mango Vodka, mango puree and sweet and sour) or the passion fruit, $8 (Smirnoff Vodka, Hypnotic Liqueur and Malibu, shaken with pineapple juice).

If you want to learn more about Russian food and drink after the Olympics are over, you can make reservations for Irina’s Russian Nights. They include a four-course dinner for $40 per person. (Drinks are available at additional cost.) Russian musicians will provide the entertainment.


Where: 2301 Rocklynn Drive, Urbandale

Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. daily

Info: 515-331-0399;


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Heather Torpy