Expedition - Moscow
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Not often can one come across a restaurant with a story that is actually fascinating and a concept that is wholly unique. Thankfully, in Moscow we have a great little place just like that. The story unfolded many years ago in a faraway place. A few men started on an expedition to the Far North of Russia. They were very far away from the nearest settlement, as they waited for a helicopter to bring them back to their city lives. However, it never came...the fight for survival began. The natives they met from this Polar region helped them survive and taught them local folklore and traditions. The men vowed that if they ever make it back to Moscow, they would create a place that emulates the life and the cuisine of the people that they had met in the North of Russia. They made it back alive and well and fulfilled their promise - welcome to Expedition, a place representing the incredible and vast culinary traditions of Siberia in the heart of Moscow!
Holding true to their promise, the founders of Expedition present fresh - flown and/or shipped directly to the restaurant - fish from the pure Arctic waters or Lake Baikal, game meats from the forests, along with hand-picked wild berries from the Siberian lands. There are also other products, such as light salted fish, smoked products (done by our own cooks), different jams and drinks from rare berries. Being experienced restaurateurs with more than 10 years in culinary arts, the owners offer the real taste of quality food with adventure through unique homemade recipes.
Feeling spoiled for choice? To get started you should order one of the Polar Explorer's platters with various meats, fish and vegetables, served on a block of ice with two shots of vodka. Other appetizers include dishes like Omul (arctic cisco) cold-smoked or light-salted with boiled potatoes, Omul from the Baikal-lake marinated with onions (made according to the recipe from Lystvyanka village), light-salted coho salmon (red salmon) with boiled potatoes or salted milk mushrooms with onion rings and sour cream. Some of the Northern delicacies that are a must-try are the elk aspic, the 'Stroganina (extra-thin shavings/chips/cuttings of freshly-frozen seafood or meat) Yakut style of nelma served with different sauces, the 'Rubanina' (thin slices of fish or meat) of sturgeon fished out in the river Lena, the 'Stroganina' of reindeer meat with lightly-pickled onions, coarse salt and sliced horseradish or the 'Indigirka' salad composed of light-salted nelma and fresh onions. And, of course, you can't leave the restaurant without having tried some of the different types of dumplings from all parts of Siberia. Hot dishes made from fish and meat cannot be described with words - they need to be seen and tasted! To top off your meal you should try one of the authentic northern desserts like the Siberian berry pie with raspberry sauce, the jellied wood strawberries, raspberries, cloudberries (bakeapple/ knotberry) and bilberries with blackberry sauce, the Karelian 'kalitka' with cottage cheese and blackberries or some delicious berries from the North on their own or served with other tastiness.
Little explorers and adventurers have their own menu which is served to them inside a real polar helicopter. All of the food is incredibly tasty, just like grown-ups', except it is more fun for the children to eat! A wonderful multilingual nanny is on staff to care for the children while the parents enjoy a relaxing meal in an atmosphere that is truly unique amidst the hectic daily life of Moscow!
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