This jolly fair is a kaleidoscope of dishes representing culinary traditions and cuisines from different regions of Russia and the former USSR countries.
Moscow’s restaurateur Alexander Rapoport, the man behind some of the most successful restaurants of the city (such as Grand Café Dr. Zhivago, Café Chekhov, Beluga, to mention but a few) has taken the concept of food courts to a whole new level with this one. Located in the just recently opened Zaradye Park, just a few minutes walk from the Red Square, this gastronomic destination is as grand and modern as the park itself. Not only does this venture bring together 8 food stations, it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy an amazing view of Moscow, with glimpses of some of its historic buildings.
Once inside, don’t feel overwhelmed, although in all fairness, the bright array of colours, backed by each station’s efforts to lure you not only with their cuisine, but with the originality of their station’s design can be a bit overwhelming at first sight. While you’re settling in and exploring the food selection, start getting used to the Russian pop music in the background…believe us, it does grow on you.
To help you navigate the food, here is what you need to know: the main idea of this food court was to bring together produce, dishes and cuisines from 8 different regions of Russia. You can get a taste of the entire country sitting right by the Kremlin.
You can start with the Oyster and Champagne Bar serving entirely Russian oysters and sea eggs (≈$5) accompanied by entirely Russian sparkling wine. Then move to the Krevetki-Krabi-Langustiny (shrimps-crabs-langoustines) station featuring all kinds of seafood – sweet shrimps on ice (≈$10), crabs, and fish, including salmon tartare with avocado (≈$8), grilled sea bass (≈$10), surmullet, smelt, and flounder.
Your next stops are the Myaso-Myaso meat station with all kinds of meat and steaks: veal tartare with almonds (≈$8), butterfly steak (≈$15), stewed ribs in juniper (≈$11), — and the Gusi-Utki-Perepelki, where poultry and game are enjoying their spin on the broiling rack and making your mouth water: geese in honeysuckle with baked apple (≈$13), quail with honey and lingonberries (≈$11), or baked duck with apricots and plum (≈$11).
If you’re in for a quick lunch, the soup section is where you go. Offering most delicious, tested and trusted Soviet-style soups from all over ex-USSR geography – lagman, goulash, rassolnik, kharcho, solyanka, cabbage soup, borscht, shurpa and fish soup. Make sure to couple your bowl with a choice from Pirogi-Rasstegai station serving all kinds of bakes goodies like pies, kurniks, and patties, as well as classic Russian salads, such as one with horseradish, vinegret or mimosa. For breakfast choices, check out a variety of porridges cooked in hot pots.
For those keen on starchy foods, there is Lepilnaya station with renowned pelmeni, vareniki, dumplings, pancakes and chebureks. Last, but not the least, is a small USamovara confectionery station with eclairs, honey cakes, candies and other desserts.
Basically, in a food court that welcomes up to 2500 visitors per day and brings together tastes and flavours from all over the country there’s something for everyone, you will probably end up coming here more than once to try everything you want.