STARTERS (ONE TO CHOOSE)
OLIVIER (RUSSIAN SALAD)Ingredients: potatoes, carrots, chicken, eggs, pickled cucumbers, green peas and maionesse.
The legendary salad invented in the 1860s by a Belgian, Lucien Olivier (the owner of the Hermitage restaurant in Moscow). This salad is an important part of the New Year’s Eve table for Russian families. The original recipe was a well kept secret. Interesting fact: there is an ‘Olivier salad index’ in Russia (an analogue to the Big Mac index), this index shows the average price for the ingredients of the salad across the country.
VINAIGRETTE (VINEGRET)Ingredients: beetroot, potato, carrot, cabbage, pickled cucumbers, green peas sprinkled with French vinaigrette sauce (vinegar and olive oil).
Popular Russian vegetables like beetroots, potatoes, carrots and green peas sprinkled with French vinaigrette sauce (vinegar and olive oil). This is one of the most popular Russian salads, which has been invented by the kitchen chefs of his majesty the Emperor Alexander I. French culture was very popular those days in Russia, and this is how the chefs combined Russian ingredients and French sauce.
SALTED HERRING (FISH)
Ingredients: salted herring, boiled potato, onions.
From the XIII century when Russians started to salt the herring to keep it fresh for a long time this fish became very popular. The salted herring is one best snacks and starters to compliment the vodka tasting. Interesting that herring in Russian is «seliodka», and it rhymes with «vodka». So it was quite common that people were asking for a «Rhyme!» in restaurants, which meant the combination of vodka and «seliodka».
SOUPS (ONE TO CHOOSE)
Ingredients: beetroot, potato, cabbage, beans, garlic, sour cream sauce (optional).
The famous Russian-Ukranian soup is widely popular in the country and outside. There are many kinds of borscht and every Russian woman has its own recipe of borscht. The borscht soup has been invented by the cossacks over 300 years ago during the military campaign. Many people think that borscht is a ‘must try’ when visiting Russia.
PORCINI MUSHROOM SOUP
Ingredients: porcini mushrooms, buckwheat noodles, tomato, basil.
Russians always use their forests for gathering mushrooms and berries. And this is still quite common even nowadays. Russian white mushrooms (porcini) are the most valuable and tasty. Mushroom hunters are always happy, when they find them.
MAIN COURSES (ONE TO CHOOSE)
Ingredients: dough, chicken, fried onion, sour cream (optional).
The word «pelmeni» is traslated from Udmurt language (Udmuts is the ethnicity that inhabits some regions of Russia) as "dough ears" and they really look so. Traditionally the preparation process involved the whole family: one prepared the filling, another one made layers of dough and the third one put everything together and fixed the shape. Pelmeni, perhaps, is the most popular food in Russia and has an enormous number of varieties.
CHICKEN CUTLETS WITH BAKED POTATOES
Ingredients: chicken, flour, baked potato, tomato, sour cream (optional).
Chicken cutlets made from sliced chicken breast, breaded and served fried. They were extremely popular during the Soviet period and regularly appear on Russian tables nowadays. Enjoy the serving with the traditional baked potatoes and salad.
VARENIKI WITH POTATO
Ingredients: dough, potato, fried onion, sour cream (optional).
Vareniki’s are very close to the pelmeni’s, but they have a different shape (like half-moon) and different fillings. During the fasting days (religious periods when meat is forbidden) vareniki were especially popular.
HOME-MADE VODKA TASTING
- 4 shots per person. Each shot is 25 ml. You can choose 4 different tastes among:
- sea buckthorn
- viburnum (Kalina)