Expeditsia is not one of those restaurants you head to for a quiet Sunday night dinner. It is a culinary odyssey into the wilds of Russia. Specializing in Northern Russian cuisine and seasonal game dishes, Expeditsia serves up delicious interpretations of traditional dishes in a fascinating interior covered with travel and hunting trophies (there is an entire helicopter in one room) used or bagged by the adventurous owners. It’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of Russian celebrities and top government officials at the tables of this very-alpha-male dwelling just off Lubyanka Square. Expeditsia’s menu changes with the seasons. The chefs base the menus on fresh fish and game from Russia’s remote regions, but the menu always includes pelemeni and vareniki, the former made from exotic ingredients such as grouse, venison and Far Eastern crab and the latter crafted from fresh berries with which the chef is mildly obsessed. Soups at Expeditsia would get a nod from “A Sportsman’s Sketches” author Ivan Turgenev, whose passion for literature and French women was only matched by his love for the hunt. Loyal fans of the restaurant swear that the ukha, Russia’s oldest soup made from fish from Siberian Lake Baikal, cannot be matched, and the hunter’s soup is a delight.

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Pevchesky Per., 6, Moscow, Russia,
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Sat: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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