Traditionally, when you visit a restaurant in Moscow serving Russian cuisine, you sometimes would receive a platter of vegetables including cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and peppers on the side with your hors d'oeuvres or main dishes.
The Okroshka soup is usually served cold and is most enjoyed in the summer time.
Wild Berry cobblers are very popular in the northern part of the world where the winters are harsh and cold. Forget your diet when you visit lovely Russia, and indulge in one of the many desserts the country has to offer at their fine restaurants. I would recommend the traditional baked Zapekanka cheesecake.
You can have this delicious fermented ale beer style beverage with a honey flavoring as well.
Chebureki are traditional Russian fried dumplings usually filled with meat (beef or lamb) and onions.
If you look closely, you can see the many air bubbles that were created in the turnover pastry when it was deep fried!
This delicious traditional entree, Zhulyen, can also be called "Potatoes Romanoff".
At the Butcher Shop in Russia, you are likely to find the fattiest kinds of bacon (which are usually preferred) to serve as appetizers at your party.
Blini are thinly cooked pancakes made of buckwheat; they are a typical Russian dish, usually served with caviar (ikra), smoked salmon, and sour cream (smetana).
This Russian ale is based on rye bread fermentation and is one of Russia's most popular and most frequently ordered drinks.
Traditionally, Russians prefer to have this expensive black caviar (ykra or ikra) served on toasted bread slices with a dab of butter.
In Russia, they are famous for their Bublik, which is very similar to a bagel. Its dough is made of flour, butter, milk, sugar, salt, and egg whites, and is boiled before baking just like a bagel and other bread products in the class known as Baranka or Sushki in Russian.
As long as the bacon is more fat than meat in content, its perfect.
This casserole dish is composed of chunks of fresh salmon, broccoli, and potatoes then topped with cheese and baked in the oven.
This Russian Cold Beetroot Soup is one of the country's most famous traditional dishes. It is usually served with a cold boiled potato on the side.
The Kvas drink is the most popular and renowned sweet beverage in Russia made of rye bread.
This drink is a traditional Russian ale beer made through a fermentation process using rye bread.
The meat is marinated prior to placing on the grill and is served up with a traditional plum sauce and onions.
The Pelmeni Moscow is another delicious Russian dumpling dish, where the dough is baked with a combination of eggs, cheese, and dill.
There are a number of different dishes you must try when you are on your trip in Russia.
The Pirozhki Pie (Pierogi, Pirogi) can be filled with so many different stuffings. The most traditional stuffing is minced meat, usually lamb or beef, with chopped onions.
The Sharlotka is a Russian Apple Cake that uses only four ingredients and is one of Russia's traditional desserts.
This is the most common and most eaten sandwich in Russia consisting of sliced bread that are buttered and then topped with red caviar.
This savory pie is made of salmon, rice, mushrooms, onions and dill. It is considered a comfort food in Russia
"чайку-с?" is a popular phrase in Russia, which translates to "Some tea?", in English. Whenever you have tea, traditionally you accompany your drink with biscuits or some sweet treat like jam in this case!
Bratina (Verbrüderungsschale) was sculpted by an unknown artist from Moscow. It has pearls, rubies, emeralds, gold, and sapphires all over.
There are two types of traditional kvas drinks that you can have when in Russia; Honey or Plain Bread flavor. It is made through a fermentation process.
Samovars are old Russian self-boilers that are made of copper. This metal container was used to boil water in the old days.
The Cheburekki is a turnover pastry dough that is usually filled with a mix of beef or lamb and onions, and then fried.
Russian style smoked fish is not that easy to make and therefore, it is easier to buy them in the local market.
Cured smoked fish is a traditional appetizer that you would commonly see at a Russian buffet.
There is an entire event known as the Maslenitsa Festival dedicated to the traditional Russian dish, Blinyz, which are a type of thin cooked pancakes.
In the typical kitchen of any old Russian home, you will find the antique metal scales that the locals used to use to measure their food.
Russian pancakes are known as Blini, and are usually served with caviar, sour cream, jam, and sometimes chocolate!
These dumplings are a common comfort food in Russia known as Pelmeny , which are made of dough and stuffed with ground meat, onions, and rice.
In this assortment of food, there is a bowl of famous Golubtsy (stuffed cabbage), two bowls of Pelmeni (meat dumpling soup, and two plates of Syrniki with Kessel ( fried quark pancakes with red currant juice and berries).
This type of bread is boiled before being baked in the oven, and resembles the shape of the typical bagel, but chewier and more dense.