Three huge traditional wood-fired ovens behind a glass wall, exposed brick walls, panoramic windows, and smart details – these are the interior highlights of this spacious restaurant. It’s located within an ex-textile factory complex Trehgornaya Manufaktura — now one of the trendiest Moscow art clusters.

The concept of this restaurant is to tell a new story of the forgotten old flavours. To offer the restaurant’s guests an opportunity to try Russian cuisine the way it was made many years ago — in a traditional stove. Many of the dishes are cooked in these stoves over a prolonged period of time, some for as long as 36 hours allowing this process to bring out new flavours and textures in products. Navigating around this method from the days gone by was quite a feat, as the restaurant’s chef Evgeny Alfan admits, but one that he was successfully able to master.

Aside from the usual beef stroganoff or borsch, look out for traditional Russian dishes that have been reinvented by the chef such as pelmeni-gourmeni, buckwheat chocolate, venison with hot and salty blackberry, and other dishes you probably won’t be able to try anywhere else, at least not in Moscow. There are homemade herbal spirits (cranberry, horseradish, etc.) and homemade lemonades (raspberry/spinach and cucumber/baby pea sound interesting) just waiting to go with the food. Freshly baked pumpkin, beet, or rye bread is not to be missed either.

All in all, this trendy place is highly recommended if you are looking to experience a time and space travel into the ancient Russian village home cooking, yet amid a 21-century ambiance, plating, and service.

Address: 15 bldg. 41 Ulitsa Rochdelskaya
Hours: 12 PM—12 AM
Menu preview: Pumpkin porridge with honey dressing and linden tree juice ≈$6
Dressed up halibut on birch juice ≈$14
Baked pumpkin with cured goose jamon ≈$13

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