Dacha Na Pokrovke

The Dacha na Pokrovke is the place if you are looking for simple Russian fare in original and quirky surroundings. It is tucked out of the way but well worth the effort to find. It is in an older building with a large outdoor area for summer dining. Spread over the upper floor of a crumbling medieval mansion this café/restaurant with its collection of Soviet and pre-Soviet armoires, radios, telephones and crockery of the type you’d usually find at a flea market, certainly has a special kind of charm.

The menu focuses on simple Russian classics while in the summer months a barbeque grill kicks off in the leafy garden out front with succulent shashlik. The restaurant has really good selections and the food is great. They offer all the classics: Olivier salad, borscht, a wide range of stuffed pies. The food is fresh and not greasy and they stick to traditional recipes rather than chasing after modern trends. One of my favorite dishes there is their apple-celery salad.

There is live music most evenings.