Friday, April 6, 2012

Jazzoff jazz cafe

English: do re mi fa so la ti.
Russian: do re mi fa sol la si. до, ре, ме, фа, соль, ля, си. These are also the names of the notes, instead of C, D, E, F, G, A, B.

Weird, huh? How did I stumble across this oddity?

Jazzoff is a little café in Xolodna Gora that we've been to several times. It just opened last fall so it's never crowded and as a bonus, everything is still shiny new inside. The jazz theme is throughout the restaurant: in the decor, in the background music, and in the menu (hence my discovery of the words of the musical scale).

Dinner at Jazzoff:

From left to right: Cheese cream soup with salmon. Wrap with ham, Korean-style carrots, and mayonnaise. Cheese-laden lasagna.

Green tea with real whole strawberries.                        An ambitious mountain of dessert.

The meal pictured above (plus another soup) cost $20. The café is open until 11 PM most nights. It's located near the metro, directly across from the supermarket Про-Запас.

PS: If you're still interested in the musical scale in Russian, there's a 10 minute Soviet children's cartoon about it here.

June 2012 update: They've set up outdoor tables and a gelato stand for the summer! 


  1. Kharkiv looks like a nice city, with lots to do. By the end of my time in Chernivtsi I was feeling rather bored; it's a smaller centre and lacks some of the big city attractions. More quaint than modern. I'm envious of all the cool restaurants, etc, I'm seeing pictures of on your blog! I also imagine that finding people to connect with would have been easier in a bigger centre (more like-minded individuals, or even other native English speakers to meet up with). I felt rather isolated in Chernivtsi, despite some of the nice people I met through the university.

  2. It's definitely easier to live in Kharkov that it would be to live in a smaller Ukrainian city. I think the people in this city have a pretty broad mindset when it comes to connecting with foreigners and we share enough common experiences (big city life) to make it work. It's actually been harder to meet other native English speakers. I know they're out there but I've only meet one. The native speakers I work with are too busy hanging out with their young and female students for us to have any kind of solidarity. Sometimes it makes me a little lonely.

    1. Are you living by yourself in Kharkiv? I was alone for the first month or so, but my partner joined me for the last couple months, which made it easier. Up until then I was subsisting on CBC radio podcasts and rare invitations to go out and do things with the few acquaintances I'd made. Not knowing the language was definitely a barrier. Do you speak much in the way of Russian/Ukrainian?

  3. Thanks a lot, Kate! This place definitely worth visiting. AFAIK there's not much nice cafes @Kholgora. Do you know some other?
    The other one, a pizzeria, I visit on weekends with my children occasionally. It is in 10 minutes walk from metro:;361833488;499832974;0;0;50211;16281;45061;34493;48065;35596;45490;44702;57507;51600;55790;57946