Healthy eating takes off in Moscow
“The guests want to have simple, clear and tasty food, all in one, on their plates. The key point is the product itself and its quality. I add minimum sauces and dressings, that’s why the ingredients’ flavor is delivered — fresh, clean and natural,” said chef Artem Minakov of True Cost Bar&Grill.
Artem Minakov, chef, True Cost Bar&Grill / Photo courtesy of True Cost Bar&Grill
Alexey Pavlov, chef at ERWIN. RekaMoreOkean agrees that the original flavors of the ingredients are taking center stage today: “Our guests started to understand food, products and prices better. A demand for Russian products appeared, which resulted in fixing inbound logistics which allows us to keep them at the high level,” Pavlov said.
Alexey Pavlov, chef, ERWIN. RekaMoreOkean / Photo courtesy of ERWIN. RekaMoreOkean restaurant
Advice for healthy eating
Alexander Nazarenko, an IFBB internationally certified referee, top-tier fitness and bodybuilding coach, suggests choosing a menu of freshly squeezed juice, grilled or steamed fish, meat or poultry garnished with salad leaves and vegetables or boiled rice at restaurants. Pasta lovers should look for durum wheat versions.
Eating healthy in Moscow
How can you eat healthy while visiting the Russian capital? Try this list of restaurants and menu items:
Breakfast — at Voronezh
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This restaurant offers 60 morning dishes that will satisfy both those who prefer a solid breakfast and those who like a light meal in the morning. The location, featuring views of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Prechistenka Street, is a bonus.
Brunch — at Christian
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Chef Christian Lorenzini is an amateur athlete and offers light and healthy snacks suitable for those who like to work out, such as cold avocado cake with quinoa, tofu and boiled beets. At lunch time, make sure and try the homemade pasta with simple sauces.
Lunch — at True Cost Bar&Grill
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This restaurant serves filet mignon, grilled dorado and other kinds of fish, various salads and even a new version of the traditional vinaigrette salad at a reasonable price.
Dinner — at ERWIN. RekaMoreOkean
It’s a good idea to make seafood the centerpiece of your evening meal, and this restaurant offers a range of delectable options.
Dessert — definitely at Valenok
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The must-try dessert here is wild strawberry, black currant and sea buckthorn pies. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the artwork that gives the restaurant its name — a 18-foot-high valenok (Russian felt boot) by artist Valeria Loshak.