Vanil

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Before I report on another food experience on my Moscow trip, I wanted to share with you one of the facts why I like this city: Women of every age love to wear pretty dresses (or at least a skirt) for everyday and many of them even with (really!) high heels. Many of these dresses would be worn only special occasions over here (e.g. as a wedding guest), but the Russian woman love to dress nicely and emphasize their feminine side, be it with their children at the playground, be it on a business dinner or just when doing the grocery shopping. I love wearing dresses, so I got many inspirations during my visit.

But enough about the Russian fashion habits… now about food:

“Vanil”

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Next to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and with a good view on the magificent clerical building from its dining area is Vanil, a restaurant which I went to two times as it was that good. It is an elegant restaurant, which is suitable for a dinner with your business partner. You can have international cuisine, but also Russian dishes. I ordered Risotto with squid and sepia ink, a salad with avocado, salmon “seasoned” with wasabi and ate the Pelmeni (2x), which are delicious traditional meat filled Russian dumplings. I ate Pelmini at various locations, but the ones at Vanil are the best so far!

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And I can recommend to try the pre dinner bread rolls that they serve along with a pea puree and butter, one of those bread rolls has baked-in raisins: yummy! Of course I had to satisfy my sweet tooth with a Russian caramel cake (Medovik) – which the staff divded into two halfs so that I could share the delicious dessert with my company! It looked so yummy that I totally forgot to take a picture first and that is why a corner of the cake is already missing in below picture…

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Compared to cities such as London or Munich, the prices at Vanil are quite similar. Wine is expensive, but good (try the South African Pinotage!). And for Non-Alcoholic beverages, you may want to try the traditional Kvass or Kljúkwa juice, the Russian version of cranberry!

Where?   Ostozhenka St. 1, Moscow (across metro station Kropotkinskaja)

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