It is common for Moscow expats to decry the quality of local meat and it is not unfounded criticism. The availability of quality, local beef is abysmal. For many, the only option for a good steak is buying imported cuts from Argentine, Australia or New Zealand. However, there is a new player in the market that is offering quality local beef in Moscow.
I have written previously about the great pastrami sandwiches at Voronezh Restaurant, but until recently I had not tried any of the meat from their deli counter – I wish I hadn’t waited so long!
The deli and meat counter is at one end of the downstairs casual dining area and they stock a range of quality cuts of beef. On the day I purchased some meat, they had sirloin, hanger steaks, New York strips and some big t-bones. The great thing about all of this meat is that it comes from Russia, specifically the Voronezh region.
I opted for one of my favourite cuts, a hanger steak, which was around 1200RUB/Kg. The prices for the cheapest steaks started at 800RUB/Kg and the most expensive was the t-bones at 2500RUB/Kg. I couldn’t wait to get home and cook up a storm, to see if I had finally found a good local steak – I was not disappointed. Cooked to medium rare, the steak was lovely and tender, with strong, rich beef flavour. Even my wife, who becomes vegetarian for extended periods of the year, really enjoyed her steak.
If you need some condiments to go with your steak, Voroezh Restaurant also has you covered, with a range of your favourite sauces available on the shelves behind the meat counter. Needless to say, if you want quality local beef in Moscow, then you need go no further than the Voronezh Restaurant meat counter. I know I will be dropping in to buy a steak at every opportunity now!
Here is the official website for the Voronezh Restaurant: www.voronej.com
If you know of any other great local businesses selling quality local beef in Moscow (because it is out there, it isn’t a myth!) please let us know in the comments below. I would love to try it for myself and feature it here on the blog.