Mushroom

Mushroom is an amazing food experience if you love… you guessed it, mushrooms!

Basically this Moscow restaurant (5-10 min from Gorki Park) makes almost every single dish (including desserts!) using some type of mushroom. That alone is so unique that it’s worth a visit!

If I had to categorize it (which I did have to) I would say it’s fusion-italian-french, simply because there are lots of pasta dishes, some pizzas and a whole truffle menu (including a season set with black and white truffles).

The quality of the food is great and the decor and atmosphere are very nice too so if you want something cool, original and different for a change you should by all means visit. You won’t be disappointed!

I usually don’t post multiple menu pages but since I find this so interesting I decided I would so that you can see the variety and creativity that goes into cooking everything with one (family) of ingredients.

Here’s the main room with open-kitchen and wood-fired brick pizza oven in view next to the bar.

Okay I failed miserably by starting with a dish that had no mushrooms in it, but tuna tartare is one of my weaknesses so I had to indulge. Exquisite.

Another weakness of mine is pizza and although I wasn’t going to, the smart waiter totally upsold me… What was I thinking ordering pizza in Russia??? I don’t know! This one is definitely disappointing by any Italian standards (the crust just was not right, way too crispy, more like flatbread) but the porcini mushroom and ricotta toppings were quite delicious and since we ordered it as an appetizer it was a good little forest into the mushroom world.

Bruschetta with salted milk mushrooms sour cream and horseradish was much more along the lines of what I should have ordered (and so should you!).

Timber mushrooms with crispy eggplants and tomatoes was ok but not incredible.

This wild mushroom cream soup was absolutely amazing! A must!!!

Tagliolini with porcini and truffle sauce also kept the standard very high. Creamy, buttery and delicious. Borderline French I’d say…

The truffle honey cake was as decadent as it sounds.

These two little truffle chocolate balls were offered to us as a complementary treat with tea and coffee and were as good as most European chocolate is.

This would not be my choice italian restaurant (although I wouldn’t go and eat Italian in Russia to begin with!) but the novelty of a single-ingredient-focused menu got my attention and curiosity and the meal was all in all very enjoyable and tasty.

This restaurant is part of the more popular (and upscale) “White Rabbit” restaurant.

If you are a high roller and feel like splurging the white set menu with 5g of white truffle will cost you about 5-6 times more than the average entree while the black truffle (also 5g) about 3-4 times. If you don’t want the set you can also order truffle as an appetizer by the gram (95 Rubles for black and 270 Rubles for white).

Sauvage

On the south side of the river, Sauvage is a great spot where for less than €50/person you can have a meal in a casual setting that would cost twice that in a more formal setting. Great wine list too!

If you go to the bathroom in this place you have to walk through the kitchen and you’ll be left wondering how they can make this amazing food in what is possibly the smallest kitchen I’ve ever seen (smaller than an East Village apartment kitchen!!!)

The menu changes daily but I highly recommend the fois gras appetizer and the bonito appetizer. The place is famous for its sweet bread entre but the lamb is very good too!

One of the most generous portions of Fois Gras I’ve ever been served.

Bonito is basically a japanese tuna tartare. And this is as good as they come. Served in onions, coriander and in a sweet sauce made with some kind of black currant berries. Amazing!

Cochon (Pork) was very hearthy and well cooked.

Sweet bread, the place’s specialty, is cooked to perfection. Simple but better than anywhere else I’ve ever had sweet bread.

Their Faisselle cheese dessert is also very good. Strained raw milk cheese with citrus slices and sauce.

Menu changes daily.

The tiny tiny kitchen, unbelievable!