Drinking and Dining in Russia

Introduction

Dining and wining in Russia can be delightful or dismal, dangerous or divine. Vodka, caviar, melt-in-your-mouth (resembles crepes), succulent lamb dumplings and wild mushrooms are readily available. The number and range of restaurants options have been rising steadily. Hotel dining has changed slightly from bland soviet times, except in top-end spots, where expensive brunches remember the decadence of the pre-revolutionary aristocracy.

 

While in Russia it’s better to avoid drinking tap water and using ice in beverages, however coca cola and bottled water are readily available everywhere dishes are served. Parasites, metals and e-coil may be present in tap water. The most dangerous tap water is found in St. Petersburg because the system found there is ancient.

 

Breakfast is normally served as from seven to ten, and though Russian citizens while at home normally eat heartily during morning hours, restaurants often serve just tea or coffee with rolls and jams. Traditionally, the major meal of the day has been lunch, and includes soup, appetizer, dessert and main course of fish or beef. This can be served any time after noon. The smaller, quicker “business lunch” has been polarized by the current St. Petersburg and Moscow. This is served at noon to two. Dinner may be anything like light sandwich or four to five course meal, normally eaten after seven or eight. These are just rough guidelines because majority of hotels and restaurants in St. Petersburg and Moscow serve continuously.

 

Stylish cafes that serve espresso, sandwiches, pastries, rich cakes, and cappuccino have been popping up all over Russia. Some of them perform double duty as internet cafes, others are wine bars.

cafes in Russia, unlike Europe don’t serve drinks only, but with a full range of dishes( typically prepared in advance- unlike hotels where part or whole cooking cycle is done only after an order has been made).

 

Wines

Wines from Moldova and Georgia are popular (although all the Georgian products are illegal). In St. Petersburg and Moscow, majority of hotels have selection of wines from Europe but available at a slightly higher price. Note that Russian citizens prefer sweets wines to dry ones. The French Chablis is readily and widely available at most of the restaurants and is of better quality. Chablis runs about two hundred and forty rubbles per glass. Unless you are dining at an international hotel catering for westerners, all white wines are normally served room temperature.

 

The types of food you will eat as a visitor from day to day depend mainly on the time of the year and the city you are visiting. In most cases Russian breakfast is normally similar to the one served in Scandinavian countries, with boiled eggs, bread and cold meat served with tea. For the evening and midday meals, food is normally more traditional, depending on where you are. Certain form of soup is still staple food. In many Russian large cities such as St. Petersburg and Moscow, a high quality (if expensive) fine dining eateries and international cuisine are readily available.

Conclusion:

while in Russia, follow the above guideline while dining so as to enjoy your stay there.

 

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