On Fridays my colleagues and I usually go out for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. In recent years many places have taken to offering wallet-friendly lunch specials, usually referred to bizness-lunch / бизнес-ланч menus – a welcome development in a city that for decades has been hovering at the top of the ‘Most Expensive Cities‘ lists.
Another way to save money when dining out is to take advantage of various promotional deals offered by eateries catering to the middle class in the non-central neighborhoods – just like the one where I happen to work. If you’re in Russia and on a budget, it serves you well to remember this word:
The place we went to today was running a buy one, get one free special on about 80% of the menu, including drinks.
You know what that means, don’t you? That’s right – TWO Bloody Marys!
Just so you know, I wasn’t the only one imbibing:
Anyway…I also had an entree salad (Japanese Chicken Salad: shredded grilled chicken and veggies – which included pickled cucumbers – with mayo dressing, topped with deep-fried potato ‘straw’. Not very Japanese-sounding but very delicious), mushroom puree soup (traded for my 2nd salad in our table’s communal exchange), 8 pieces of salmon sushi, and the aforementioned two cocktails – all for about $20, including tip and tax. Not a bad deal for Moscow AT ALL.
The restaurant, Eurasia, claims to be the largest sushi chain in Russia and is a perfect example of Russia’s bizarre treatment of ‘ethnic cuisine’ – something I had discussed in one of my very first posts. Let’s take a quick look at the menu, shall we?
This is the list of Eurasia’s 20 most popular dishes. On it you will find: pork kebab, prosciutto & mushroom pizza, assorted maki rolls and noodles, cream of mushroom soup (it really was very good), shawarma, beef tortini and a dessert roll of ‘strawberries, banana and kiwi wrapped in sweet cream cheese and paper-thin rice dough’ (I am SO getting this next time!).
The shortcuts on the left will take you straight to your preferred offered cuisine. Please choose from the following options: Japanese, Uzbek, Mexican, Pizza and Hookah. Which of those things is not like the others? I think all of them!