An evening filled with Borschevka vodka tasting and traditional cuisine guaranteed to take your taste buds on an authentic Russian culinary adventure.
How to Feast, Russian Style
by Anna Timokhovitch
Fast forward a couple of hundred years and here we were, on a rainy summer evening at Russian Pub, on Tverskoy Boulevard 10 bldg. 1, at a modern day Russian Feast.
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The last event here, their menu tasting, was a huge success, fondly remembered by all the attendees.There are many Irish and English pubs around Moscow, but I believe this is the first authentic Russian pub in the city. Shelves are filled with various tinctures and the jam jar lights create a cozy ambiance. With a menu to suit any palate, it's a popular place to have craft beers, cocktails or some beef Stroganoff pie, a Russian twist on the pub classic. As their website states, they were inspired by a post-Soviet era homely and affordable restaurant that was in the same building. Traditional British pub food has been given a contemporary Russian face lift with burgers with "сало" (cured pork fat) and a signature Red Square cocktail.
The perfect place with authentic Russian cuisine to host a Russian feast.

The drink on our "пир" (feast) menu was "Борщевка" (Borschevka). It's the first gastronomic vodka in the world! What makes it gastronomic, I hear you ask? Firstly, the name which we immediately associate with a famous Russian soup - Borsch - hints about the key ingredients. The vodka is distilled from cabbage and then has an additional 8/9 ingredients added to it, to make the different flavours bouquet.It comes in 3 flavours: Original, Mint and Spicy. What also sets this vodka apart is the way you drink it - sipping on it after you take a bite of your food, not slamming it down in shots. It is a vodka to be enjoyed. Lastly, it should be chilled to 18 degrees - not more- otherwise the depth of flavour will be lost.

We were lucky enough to have Maxim Zagrebelniy, the Brand Ambassador of Borschevka, there, to tell The Moscow Times Dining Club about it in person.
As we sipped on our Original vodka, we nibbled on herring on grilled potatoes, with cream cheese and a classical mix of Russian vegetables pickled in brine: gherkins, garlic and cabbage.

Some guests were taught by Alexey Semyonov, the Chef at Russian Pub, how to drink a shot of vodka from an axe, a truly unique experience you'll have to come and try for yourself!

Alexey, who is the man behind all the culinary adventures and experiences at Russian Pub is a well known chef in Moscow. He studied in Italy and Spain and his food reflects a combination of different tastes and influences from other countries, while still remaining Russian at the core.

Starters were followed by the Mint vodka and "окрошка" (Okroshka) which is a cold Russian soup (with diced fresh vegetables and ham), as Alexey explained, it divides Russian people into two categories - ones that eat their Okroshka with kvass and the others - with kefir.

And to round off the evening with our Spicy vodka, there was an unusual choice of "пельмени" (Pelmeni): lamb, fish and 3 meats combined which was thoroughly enjoyed.

At every Tasting Event the guests give a score for the food and drinks that they have tried. What guests had to say about the Russian Feast and Borshevka vodka.

Borschevka Original: "Sweet to the taste!", "Clean and refreshing", "The taste surprised me!"

Borschevka Cool Spiced: "Couldn't really tell the difference between Mint & Spicy!", "So much going on! I like it!", "Heavier to drink than first".

Borschevka Hot Spiced: "I like this one".

Russian Pub
Address: Tverskoy Boulevard, 10 bldg.1