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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Moscow is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Moscow to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Eggplant caviar: spread made with chopped eggplants, onions, oil and mayonnaise.
  • Grenki: white bread soaked in the mixture of eggs and milk and then fried in oil.
  • Stuffed Tomatoes: tomatoes stuffed with cheese.


  • Borscht: beetroot soup.
  • Botvinia: cold vegetable soup with fish and herbs.
  • Okroshka: cold raw vegetable soup made with kvass, garnished with sour cream.
  • Rassolnik: popular soup, consists of pickled cucumbers, pearl barley and pork or beef kidneys
  • Shchi: soup with cabbage as the primary ingredient.
  • Solyanka: thick, spicy and sour soup.
  • Ukha: clear Russian soup, made of fish like salmon or cod, root vegetables, potatoes.


  • Mimosa Salad: canned fish, chopped green onions, grated egg whites and carrots.
  • Olivier: salad composed of diced potatoes, vegetables and meats bound in mayonnaise.
  • Shuba: chopped salted herring under a "coat" of shredded cooked beet, sometimes with a layer of egg or other vegetables.
  • Vinigret: nutritious salad made with boiled beets, potatoes, carrots, pickled cucumbers, diced onions, and green beans.

Main courses

  • Beef Stroganoff: sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with smetana or sour cream.
  • Kotlety: small pan-fried meat balls.
  • Kulebiaka: salmon or sturgeon, hard-boiled eggs, white mushrooms cooked in a sour cream, dill and rice.
  • Mushrooms in Sour Cream: white mushrooms cooked in sour cream sauce.
  • Pelmeni: minced meat filling, wrapped in thin dough.
  • Studen (kholodets): dish in which ingredients (meat and vegetables) are set into a gelatin made from a meat stock.
  • Varenyky: unleavened dough filled with meat, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms or cherries.
  • Vorschmack: dish made with minced meat, anchovies or herring and onions.
  • Zharkoye: Russian meat stew with potatoes and other vegetables.


  • Apple Pie: pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apples.
  • Bliny: a thin pancake.
  • Kulich: Easter bread.
  • Mille-feuille: vanilla slice, cream slice, custard slice, also known as the Napoleon.
  • Prianik: soft cookies, almost like dense cake.
  • Syrniki: fried quark cheese pancakes, garnished with sour cream, jam, honey, or apple sauce.
  • Vatrushka: cake with a ring of dough and tvorog (cottage cheese) in the middle.

Fast food

  • Shashlik: marinated meat grilled on a skewer.

Street food

  • Cheburek: deep fried unleavened dough with the filling of ground lamb, onions and hot spices.
  • Pirozhki: small stuffed buns (pies) made of either yeast dough or short pastry.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Black Tea: most popular in Russia.
  • Compote (kompot): refreshing drink most often made of dried or fresh fruit boiled in water with sugar and left to cool and infuse.
  • Kissel: sweetened juice, thickened with arrowroot, cornstarch or potato starch.
  • Kvass: fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread.
  • Mors: sweetened fruit juices diluted with water.
  • Sbiten: Russian traditional drink based on honey mixed with water, spices, and jam.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Stolichnaya: a Russian vodka made of wheat and rye grain.
  • Vodka: distilled beverage, composed primarily of water and ethanol with traces of impurities and flavorings.

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