Introducing Dining & Cuisine in Moscow
Let Expatica’s Dining & Cuisine section give you a taste of Moscow, tantalise your taste buds with recipes and keep you informed of trends in worldwide cuisine.
Russian cuisine and recipes
Eating the local food is one of the most important ways to experience a new culture and Russia has a lot to offer.
Russian cuisine is famous for its festive dishes such as smoked sturgeon balyk, sturgeon with horseradish, slightly salted salmon, red, black and pink caviar, pickled and salted mushrooms. And there is more. Other popular and traditional dishes include kasha, borsch, and pirogi pies with different salty fillings. Learn more about the diversity of Russian food.
Try your hand at making traditional Russian food such as Siberian pel’meni or meat dumplings (if you have one and a half day to spare) or beef stroganoff.
And if you have had too much vodka lately, why not try nursing your hangover with a traditional cure -- the juice from Russian pickles?
Take heed of these ground rules for preparing shashlik during a weekend trip to the dacha or, if the weather’s nice, why not take a look at these recipes for picnics?
OUTSIDE OF MOSCOW
Trends in European cuisine
While British foods produced in France are winning over the locals, French-style cheese is being made in the Himalayas. And as British restaurants and retailers embrace politically correct food, French chefs adapt to today's 'to go' culture and the ‘gastro bistro’ thrives as top chefs turn to ‘democratic dining’.
Spanish chefs are also adapting to hard times as they revolutionise Spanish cuisine by adapting their menus to simpler, cheaper fare, while one famous chef in Spain unveils the food of tomorrow. Yet more experimental are the ‘food designers’, bringing unorthodox ideas and added value to the table. But what do you think of eating insects for dinner?
For chocolate lovers, a Swiss chocolatier has invented chocolate that won’t melt in your hand, but chocolate makers in Syria believe their chocolate rivals Swiss and Belgian. Meanwhile, an ice cream store in Switzerland has developed an ice cream flavour based on the Brazilian cocktail caipirinha.
Eating out while travelling in Europe
Going further afield? You could treat your loved one to a dinner under the stars in Belgium, an Indonesian rijsttafel in Amsterdam or enjoy paella with a little flamenco on the side on the Costa Blanca, a region where it is possible to eat cheap and well.
See what the fuss is about at this pizzeria in Brixton market or, should your heart be set on sushi, here’s where to find sushi restaurants in Germany. For a mouth-watering array of seafood dishes, visit this tiny family-run restaurant in Croatia.
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