The old Soviet world has always done soups, and pickled (vegetables) and dried, smoked and preserved foods (meats and fish) exceptionally well, so it comes as small surprise to find this tradition sustained still. What has come as a considerable surprise is how good the salads are in Ukraine - even in small(ish) - comparatively speaking - (writing?) - regional centres. The Greek salads are superb, and the pizzas excellent. And the coffee has improved beyond measure.