Dining in Russia

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Categories of Restaurant
  • Restaurants
The designation restaurant often indicates gastronomic restaurants where the prices are well above European prices for the same service.
  • Restaurant chains
Types of cuisine from all over the world are present: American-style fast-food, Italian pizzerias, sushi restaurants, Russian or Central Asian traditional cuisine...
  • Cafés
In Russia, cafés also serve as bars, restaurants and sometimes night clubs.
Generally very good value for money.
  • Canteens
These are Soviet-type self-service restaurants.
The price is often modest but the quality is not always there.
Rules For Eating Out
Most restaurants serve meals all day long and in the evening until about 23.00 hours.
A tip corresponding to between 5 and 10% of the order is often expected.

Price Indications

Economy Meal from 4 to 10 €
Medium Price Meal from 10 to 20 €
Good Quality Meal 40 € and more
Food Specialties
Caviar has always been considered to be the luxury food par excellence.
The Russians eat a great variety of salads (the most famous of which is called 'the olive') and soups (borch, salinaka, yra,...). The ravioli ("pelmeni") from Siberia and the kebabs ("chachlik") from the Caucasus are also among the specialties.
Also called "khlebnoe pivo" (bread beer), le Kvas (or kvass) is a drink much enjoyed in Russia. Mildly alcoholic and sparkling, it is made by fermenting bread in water.
Vodka or "little water" (diminutive of voda, water) is the traditional Russian drink. It is often drunk with canapés called "zakouski".
Russians also drink large quantities of beer ("pivo") and tea ("tchai") which often replaces water.
Dietary Restrictions
Table Manners
Table manners are Continental.

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