Restaurants & Bars

Unassuming eating out in Moscow, Russia

hessisch | Nov 26, 201101:40 PM

I read here and elsewhere else about significant schism between the price and quality of the eating out in Moscow. Although it is possible to splurge in such famous establishments as Cafe Pushkin, Turandot and CDL restaurant, but the dining there might be rather theatrical experience. Most of the ordinary places are serving dull local and quasi international fare. I almost quit on Georgian cuisine since having disappointing experience in restaurants in Chicago and New York. Eating out in Moscow over the last few years was also frustrating in many ways. Pleasant surprise was Duchan Chito-Ra near Baumanskaya subway station. We were there twice in the last 6 months, once Sunday afternoon (very busy with several Georgian families with the kids) and on Thursday afternoon (many free tables). We ordered Chinkali (large dumplings filled with piping hot juice and ground meat with fragrant herbs and spices) and Lulia-cabobs - groung lamb cabobs served on a bed of thin flat bread and sweet onion rings with mildly spicy Satsibeli sauce. The server sprinkled fresh pepper from the mill on our Chinkali what is unusual in a moderately priced Moscow restaurants. They also serve traditional Georgian staples like shashlyks, satsivy (chicken in walnut sauce) and lobio (beans). Chech and Russian beer on tap and Georgian wine and liquor are available as well. The owner Dmitry was kind to chat with us. He explained that his cooks are trained in Georgia and he is rallying the food including herbs, spices, flour and meat from Georgia. They grow other stuff on local farms. We had a shot of chacha (think grappa speziale) as a digestive. It was a very satisfactory experience; we got definitely our money worth. It would be interesting to hear the experience of others in unassuming eating out in Moscow and St Petersburg.

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