Having read about the restaurant chain Elki-Palki as being an ‘interesting’ place to dine…and seeing as we ended up right near one at lunch time, it seemed like a safe bet to taste some Russian cuisine.
The special thing about Elki-Palki is that the restaurants are fitted out in a country-cottage style and all the staff wear traditional dress.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a beer (so parched after all the site-seeing!) and deciphered the menu.
We settled upon the hot ‘salad bar’ option, which allows you to choose from a buffet of both hot and cold meals and salads. This was good as it gave us the chance to sample all the different meals….not have to order and hope for the best!
Service was ok…seemed to be a lot of staff standing around doing nothing, but it was a fun experience.
Vesna, a sleek restaurant on Novy Arbat, is one of Moscow's 3,500 eateries.
London may have 5,000 to 10,000 restaurants, depending on how you count them, but in Moscow business is booming, with 20 new eateries opening in the capital every month, according to the Moscow Times.
As Russia's economic expansion reaches broader segments of the population, eating out is no longer the privilege of the super-rich. There are more restaurants popping up all over the city. By 2003, there were more than 70 restaurant chains in the city, with 530 venues, according to a report commissioned by The Moscow Times last year.
Last year, the share of mid-range restaurants, where bills per person hover between 600 rubles and 800 rubles ($20 and $27), grew by 15 percent There is in particular a shift away from single-location high-end restaurants to chains, which bring in higher returns. Indeed, chains account for much of the growth.
Favorite Dish: In 2003, almost 30 new restaurant brand names were launched, The Moscow Times report found, and chains expanded by 20 percent, over 7 percent more than other segments of the catering business."The difference is that people have actually started opening restaurants outside of the center in residential areas.
A big change is that tourists and residents can now find more alternatives to the expensive and flashy downtown restaurants and more restaurants built outside the city center.
Have you got tired of working everyday lives? Have a rest. The mongolian traditions will help you to feel better. Imagine a steppe, a horde, night. There is a board on a fire, and theres bloddy meat on a board. Do you like it? The sity variant of medieval Mongolia is not less romantic. Having come in a tavern, youll see the bright and colorful interior executed in the Mongolian style with elements of budhist symbolics. There are flags and masks, skins, waiters in national suits everywhere. But the main thing is a meal of course. A beef, pork, chicken. Tomatoes, cucumbers, a string bean. Fennel, a parsley. Sauces, spices - also its not full list. You choose yourself what to eat and than transfer our cooks. Three persons in the mongolian attires juggle with stiks and pieces on a huge metal "board" of a grill. Five or seven minutes and all is ready: "Bon appetit!"
Favorite Dish: just one minus they don't take credit cards
There are several of this chain in Moscow. We tried the one on Novy Arbat for dinner and the one in the picture for lunch (can't remember where we were exactly).
The big thing at this restaurant seems to be the salad bar, the one on Novy Arbat had a cold bar and a hot bar or a deal where you could get unlimited trips to both. The other location only had a cold bar.
Favorite Dish: My husband tried the hot bar which was pretty good, I tried meat pancakes which were OK but not as good as Moo Moo.
Yolki-Palki is a popular restaurant chain in Moscow, with franchises having now been opened in other Russian cities (Saint-Petersburg, Perm, Chelyabinsk, Kazan, etc.). In one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is a relatively cheap and fun place to sample some traditional Russian dishes and drinks.
Yolki-Palki (which roughly translates to "fir trees and sticks") is as famous for its salad bar as it is for its costumed waiters and kitsch (in a good way) country cottage decor. We enjoyed this unexpected slice of Russian culture that we agreed to return to a Yolki-Palki restaurant for our final meal in Russia!
Most places are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Elki Palki, pronounced as Yolki Palki, is a chain of restaurants in Moscow and other Russians cities. Very popular, russian food and good prices. The best Elki Palki is in the Square Pushkin, but I always go with my friends tothe one in Klimentosvskii pereulok because they live near the metro station Tretiakovskaya.
Yolki Polki is a Mongolian style grill close to Teaterlnaya (or Pushkinskaya??) Metro stop. You take a bowl over to the buffet and load up on all of the raw food. Then, you take the bowl over to a grill and the cooks dump it out and cook it up. It is tasty stuff.
Favorite Dish: If you don't know what you want to eat then go here. It has something everyone will like.
Buffet style. Salad Bar - Telega. Russian home food ( salads ).
Favorite Dish: Salads.
Mushrooms ( opyata )