Korchma — A traditional Ukrainian restaurant

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Restaurants are everywhere, but if you’re looking for something unusual, then Moscow is one of the best places to visit. Having a long history beginning with the immigration of the Russ to the downfall of USSR, Moscow has been influenced by its neighbors. It’s no wonder there are hundreds of Georgian restaurants, Armenian food, and traditional Ukrainian restaurants on the street, trying to attract more visitors.

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Korchma — Taras Bulba was actually a fictional character in one of Nikolay Gogol’s masterpieces. He was described as a Zaporozhian Cossack who went to battle against Poland. His appearance — with his unique ponytail — has become the official logo for this chain of restaurants.
Because it’s a chain, you can find it not only in Novokuznetskaya Metropolitan station, but also in other places. Another is located not far from Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Metropolitan station.
The restaurant is authentically decorated. You will see beautiful curtains made of traditional Ukrainian fabric, dozens of jars filled with fermented cucumbers, tomatoes, and berries, even some tools for gardening, hunting, and, of course, paintings.

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There is a lot of variety in the food and price. If you come during the summer and mushroom (lisichka) season has started, then I recommend you try them with bread (pampushki), berry juice (mors), borsch (Ukrainian borsch) and appetizers such as baked sweet pumpkin.

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The waiters are dressed in traditional costume too, so if you want, you can take a picture with them.

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Unfortunately, I had an unpleasant experience the last time I was there. I visited the restaurant twice, once in Biblioteka Imeni Lenina and the other in Novokuznetskaya station. The waiter was friendly and recommended the ‘menu of the day’. Overall, she was professional — the type of waitress you dream about — and could have been nominated as ‘waitress of the month’.

We ordered too much food, more than our tummy could handle. So, we asked for a doggy bag, and do you know what happened next? That friendly waitress changed her mind and started to treat us like we stole the food! She didn’t smile, didn’t respond to my ‘Thank you,’ and looked incredibly annoyed with us.
Was I wrong to ask for a doggy bag because the food was too delicious to be left behind? It’s still a mystery to me.
But, I was quite satisfied with the food and the price… so, I will try to forget the unpleasant moment with the waitress.

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The address of the restaurant:
ул. Моховая, 8, стр. 1, Москва, Россия, 119019 (Ulitsa Mokhovaya, 8, stroiteley 1, Moscow)
ул. Пятницкая, 14, Москва, Россия, 115035 (Ulitsa Pyatnitskaya, 14, Moscow)
Смоленский бульвар, 12, Москва, Россия, 119002 (Smolenskiy Bulvar, 12, Moscow)
 
I recommend you try other places, except the one in Novokuznetskaya if you want to take the doggy bag with you.
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