I love Taras Bulba, the restaurant. I also like the novel by Nikolai Gogol. The restaurant is inexpensive and, importantly, it is ‘ethnic’. I can get Italian, French, Indian, Chinese and goodness knows what else any day at home, but not Russian and not Ukrainian. If you are in Russia you are a philistine if you do not try the local food. You should definitely indulge in a range of starters; borsch (beetroot soup), ookha (fish soup), solyanka (meat soup); pelmeni and vereniki (different kinds of dumplings); you will be amused by seld’ pod shuboi (herring in a fur coat – shredded beetroot, actually); pirogi (small pie filled with a variety of ingredients)….and this is before you get to the main dishes – meat, fish etc. You really need a native with you to do the place, and yourself, justice, but even without a guide it will be a bit of an adventure. You should drink vodka with your meal. In Russian vodka is not served by the glass but by weight. Confused? Well, in Russia they are obsessed with knowing how much they are going to get for their hard earned money. Not only vodka but fish, steak and other dishes are typically linked to weight. You will find entries in a menu such as: sirloin steak 300g, 500g etc. In the case of vodka, 50g is a measly amount. One glass won’t last the duration of a meal. Even my sainted one glass of sherry at Christmas Methodist aunt could manage 50gs – she wouldn’t of course, but that is a different matter.100g might see out the meal. If you really like a glass or three at dinner, don’t panic, you can always order more.
The décor is Ukrainian peasant farm style, whitewashed walls, solid wooden furniture, rustic and archaic farm knick knacks hanging on the wall, such as pruning-snoots, reaping-hooks, scranlets, and rennet-posts of the kind not dissimilar to those we had used on our farm in pre-war Sussex; a long, long time ago now, of course. There are ruskhniki too – brightly coloured Ukrainian woven towels. The waitresses wear the traditional Vyshyvanka dress and with a Vinok (flowered wreath) on their heads (strictly for unmarried girls, actually). Taras Bulba would have approved.
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