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    Cheap cafes: Avoid tourist joints

    by Lebed Written Dec 15, 2003

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    In big cities try to avoid restaurant near touristic spots because the food is bland like everywhere else x-cept high end retaurant. Find yourself a good ol'russian cafe or Stolovaya (canteen), and you should have a reasonably good meal for about 3$ with a beer.

    Favorite Dish: The classics:

    -Pilmeny (boiled meat dumplings served with sour cream) dirt cheap

    -salianka (meat and vegetable soup, very filling cheap and delicious)

    -Chieburek (deep fried meet pouch)

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    On the road...: Meat on the spit

    by Pierangelo Updated Nov 18, 2002

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    All my pics at original size:

    To me the best thing I eat in Siberia, cheap and very good meat cooked on embers! Beware of trust and weigh on balance the meat before cooking it.

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    Platinum: Platinum

    by jglenn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Platinum is just a sidewalk cafe just off from the Kremlin. It's a great place to relax and have a beer and watch the young people. Food is good and pretty inexpensive and the waitresses are super cute and friendly.

    Favorite Dish: Veal Shashlick

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    by Gili_S Written May 7, 2009

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    Like almost anywhere in Europe also in Russia the posh restaurants will be very expensive and not always worth the pay. However, I found out that some small restaurant and coffee shops served very good food as well as provide good service. Also English is much more common these days with the young people in the big cities.

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    Pocrovskie Vorota: Russian cuisine - Pelmeni

    by kris-t Updated Jan 10, 2011

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    Pelmeni – the small balls of minced meat covered with the pastry.
    In Canada they called "Pirogi", but in Russian cuisine Pirog - it's pie (open or closed).

    Pelmeni came to Russian cuisine from Siberia and the name is translated like "bread ear" from Komi (Komi - one of 158 nations living in Rissia) language.

    Inside could be one sort of meat or any 2-3 meat combination (for me the best combination is: beef, pork, lamb)

    Favorite Dish: There are many stories about pelmeni and one true thing is that you can eat a little pelmeni, especially if they are done in best traditions.
    Pelmeni are usually made by the whole family. Then pelmeni have to be frozen outside or in frizer.

    It take couple hours to make about 200 pelimeni - 10 servings.

    Often pelmeni served in bouillon.

    Couple words about restaurant:
    The interior of restaurant is made after extremely popular movie "Pocrovskie Vorota", wich recreated the atmosphere of Moscow fifties and classic Soviet communal apartment (see pic #2).

    Pelmeni Pocrovskie Vorota
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    Rassolnik: Russian cuisine

    by kris-t Written Dec 4, 2011

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    Rassolnik is a traditional Russian soup made from pickled cucumbers, pearl barley and pork or beef kidneys.

    The key part of rassolnik is rassol, wish is a liquid based on the juice of pickled cucumbers with some additions.

    Rassol is famous is Russia for its usage in anti-hangover treatment also.

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    Sorrel Soup (shchavelya sup): Best way to celebrate spring

    by kris-t Written Jun 23, 2012

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    This popular and very healthy soup is high in vitamins and calcium. It can be eaten either hot or cold and is quite popular in the summer.

    Sorrel is domesticated and grown wild across the board in Eastern Europe and spring is the best time to pick the young and tender leaves.

    Favorite Dish: •1 pound young sorrel leaves, washed, stemmed as for spinach and chopped
    •2 tablespoons butter or margarine or oil
    •1 large minced onion
    •6 cups water or chicken stock
    •1 teaspon kosher salt or to taste
    •1 tablespoons sugar
    •2 large eggs
    •Sour Cream

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    Godunov: Russian cuisine - Kholodets

    by kris-t Updated Dec 31, 2010

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    An other traditional russian meal - Beef (pork) aspic (US 18.00- in Godunov restaurant).
    Aspic ("kholodets"), is a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatin made from a meat stock. Aspics are usually served on cold plates so that the gel will not melt .
    Nearly any type of meat can be used to make the Aspic, in Russian cuisine it's usually pork or beef. Meat combinations could be different, but a substantial amount of bones is a must to get it all jellied.

    Kholodets is popular around the Christmas and Easter Holidays.

    "Last but not least, kholodets is a great companion to vodka. If you eat kholodets with vodka, you will not get drunk - a little trick some people use at Russian parties. It also is perfect to eliminate hangover in the morning."

    Favorite Dish: Godunov restaurant is located in the center of Moscow in the building which was part of Zakonospassky Monastery built in 1600 during the rule of Boris Godunov.

    Beef aspic with salted cabbage and horseradish Home made kholodets Home made kholodets
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    Russian Caviar

    by Sharrie Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Favorite Dish: Russia, famous for its caviar.
    It's cheaper to buy here but you can't export it.

    So, for those who love it, remember to bring more US$ ;-)

    I didn't get to eat them in restaurants, as u know tour groups are never crazy enough to serve you caviar!

    Anyhow, you can get them in some of the bigger "tourist" stores.

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    Bambuk: Nice restaurant in Tomsk

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Dec 22, 2006

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    Pleasant atmosphere. They serve oriental coffee, like in Central Asia (or in Greece) made on hot sand. In another sector of the cafe they have a sushi bar. Open until the last customer (usually at 3 AM).

    Favorite Dish: as above

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    The Best one in Voronezh: Gulliver

    by dr.firas Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    The Gulliver Restaurant is in my opinion one your best choices when you’re in Voronezh…
    Delicious food …
    And of course real good price…
    The funny thing is that there’s a guy who works as Gulliver… he only meet’s you when you’re about to enter the Restaurant… and he could agree to let you have a photo with him…
    What makes him so special..?
    He is the tallest man in Voronezh!!!
    2,5 meters …!!!
    His role is very suitable as Gulliver…
    When you don’t catch him “it could be”
    Ask any waitress : “where is Mr. Gulliver?”
    She will –in a witty way- answer : “he is traveling”

    Favorite Dish: Favorite food… Hmmmm… truly all of them
    But you can order “Cordon Blue” it’s delicious !!!


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    Many in Russia: Menu Details

    by SurfaceTravel Written Aug 26, 2006

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    Many restaurants include every little item on the menu. Don't forget to check this and order what's necessary. For example, your breakfast may not come with toast. Make sure you order bread; make sure you specify 2 slices; make sure you specify toasted. Be sure to include salt and also pepper in your order, if you need it. Specify ice in drinks. Remember to add sugar and milk/cream to your order for coffee.

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    Ms Rossia - Riverboat: Good wholesome food

    by CARSONP Written Oct 22, 2004

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    Although the food was very basic and each day was a variation of the last - the food was very good, wholesome and filling. We had 4 course breakfast, 4 course lunches and 3 course dinners, all beautifully presented. The waitresses get quite upset if you do not eat it all!

    Broth with egg
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    by DAO Written Aug 13, 2015

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    VT member John Gayton has a fantastic review of this wonderful restaurant. In Russian the name looks like Лоза Ресторан, simply meaning Vine. This was the wonderful setting for the 2nd Diner of the OFFICIAL VT Euro Meeting 2014.. Our wonderful host for the whole meeting, Natalya2006, found this culinary delight for us. It is a Georgian restaurant and I can assure you that Georgia makes Vines into great Wines! We (over)indulged in many a bottle while we devoured Georgian delicacies. They served us up some wonderful cheese Chakapuli – fresh bread in the shape of a boat. We were also served up wonderful dishes like Satsivi which is a cold walnut sauce dish and tastes great. Another discovery was Lobio, a bean casserole that is hearty and filling. We also devoured Khinkali, a meat dumpling in the shape of an onion and a food of the gods. This and several other dishes were enjoyed with a fantastic and small band of VT brothers and sisters who ate together in honour of all Virtual Tourist Members across the world. We were also serenaded by a sultry and busty singer belting out Georgian tunes. She sings daily 18.30-22.30.

    When the bill arrived, we all thought it was wrong. Despite as much as we could eat and almost a bottle of red wine each – it came to about 20 Euros each – including a generous tip.

    An inspired choice. Economical, delicious, a singer easy on the eye and ear and easy to find. They even have non-smoking tables!

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    by swesn Written Jun 22, 2003

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    A popular snack around Lake Baikal is the smoked fish.

    They are smelly but taste really good. The fish is usually wrapped in newspapers. On some train-stops, vendors can be seen holding out a 'bouquet' of newspapers with smoked fish clasped inside.

    Street-side smoked fish stalls along Lake Baikal

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