Oblomov, the hero of Ivan Goncharov's 1859 novel of the same name, was a famous gourmand, and it's unlikely that this classic restaurant for traditional Russian cuisine could disappoint even him. Blinis with caviar, herring in a "fur coat" (under a coat of beets and mayonnaise), pirozhki (pies stuffed with meat and vegetables), pickled fruit and vegetables, and pelmeni (meat-stuffed dumplings) all make a nice appetizer to chase the shots of good-quality vodka, some of them infused with herbs and berries. No Russian meal is complete without soup, so try the white mushroom soup or the borsht, served in a small pot, village-style. Main courses include cuts of such delicacies as deer, bear, and wild boar. Oblomov the character not only liked to eat well, he also liked to relax, and the romantic and cozy restaurant, located in a former merchant's house, is modeled after the welcoming country villa that Oblomov always dreamed of. A piano player usually accompanies dinner on evenings. The service is good, and waiters are dressed in traditional Russian village costumes and mostly speak English. As a goodbye gesture, you get a shot of homemade vodka. Over the summer, food is cooked in the outdoor Russian oven. Hookah and card tables are available on the third floor.
5 1-y Monetchikovsky Pereulok
Our Rating Neighborhood Zamoskvorechye Hours Daily noon–late Transportation Metro: Paveletskaya Phone 495/953-6828 Prices Main courses RUB600–RUB3,900 Cuisine Type Russian Web site Oblomov
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