My husband and two friends are travelling in Moscow from Australia. I was a little reluctant to go to Cafe Pushkin, as like Procope in Paris, I imagined a beautiful setting with average food and service. I was mostly correct. However in saying that, our table on the second floor in the library could not have been better. Unfortunately the waiter, allocated to our table, could have been. Not only was he sullen with a pretentious attitude, he did not help us with menu choices and when I asked him about the specialities of the house he couldn't advise. Conversely at the next table from us, I could see a waiter full of enthusiasm guiding 'his' patrons through the extensive menu. This would have bothered me less if we knew what the restaurant's best dishes were. So we persevered. We chose the various pies each filled with mushroom, cabbage and potato. They were very average and nothing like the delicious Russian Pirogi I would expect. We ordered Russian Borscht, Herring with hot potatoes and some pickled cucumbers to kick off our Russian meal. The main course was difficult. I ordered a Veal Cutlet after asking the waiter if it was served on the bone with his answer in the affirmative. Others ordered Beef Stroganoff, Tuna with Crab Ravioli and another type of veal. Whilst we were waiting we noticed the table next to us eating blini with caviar. We cancelled the borscht and ordered the same HOWEVER we made the mistake of ordering a serving each. I think we seriously needed some guidance from our waiter at this point as one serve to share would have allowed us to choose the much more expensive black caviar, not the red. But, despite this it was really delicious, as was the herring and pickled cucumbers (you can't go too wrong with a salty fish and a sour cucumber!) the downfall for me was three out of the four main courses. My veal cutlet was not on the bone and was in fact, two minced veal patties laid out on a plate, with what I can only describe as something resembling a coral sculpture in the worst possible taste with one cherry tomato and what looked like a orange dyed baby corn precipitously balanced on a tower of something. Mashed potato sat below and a pastry basket sat atop the veal, filled with a jus. It looked ridiculous. To be fair it tasted okay but it was not what I had expected after asking the waiter. The beef stroganoff was average and my husband sent it back because it was cold! My friend assures me the tuna was lovely, but it too, was served in something carved to look like a canoe. Maybe the chef was doing a water theme. The only 'elegant' looking dish was the veal on the bone which my friend had ordered and said was delicious. We chose no dessert but ordered a wild strawberry jam to drink with the tea.(Russian custom) That was also delicious. To summarise, if you go, pray you get a good waiter not ours. Order the blini and other appetisers and take pot luck with the main course. This is an expensive restaurant and should have been better on many fronts.
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