Russian cuisine is big on meat but not necessarily the quality of it, which is why I was so excited to find Voronezh Restaurant and Deli. I initially found out about this place in the Aeroflot in flight magazine. The article was completely in Russian, but the picture of a tasty looking pastrami sandwich (as seen above) led me to ask my wife to find out where this restaurant was and it was definitely worth it!
Voronezh Restaurant is brought to you by well known Moscow restaurateur Alexander Rappoport and the Australian head chef Sebbie Kenyon. As soon as you walk in the door, you can see the polish and attention to detail that you only get from a professional operation. The restaurant is situated on multiple levels of an old mansion just down from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the decor is very eye catching.
On the ground floor of Voronezh Restaurant, you will find the burger bar and deli. This is a casual dining area, with no booking necessary. You will have a small choice of sandwiches, burgers, sausages and steaks to choose from, all at very reasonable prices. For example, you can get the Pastrami sandwich pictured with fries and a drink for around 700RUB. While you dine, you can browse the take home meat and deli selection. All of the meat used in the restaurant and on display is top quality and sourced from the Voronezh region – hence the name of the restaurant.
On the upper levels you will find more formal dining, which you definitely need to book in advance for. Most people suggest making a booking at least a week in advance to guarantee a table. Although I have visited the deli many times now, I am yet to go upstairs, but from all reports the food is very tasty and most importantly, very reasonably priced. If the taste and quality of the sandwiches in the deli is anything to go by, I am sure you will be impressed!
If you find yourself in the area, or even if you need to make a special detour, I cannot recommend Voronezh Restaurant enough. The price, quality and taste are truly second to none. For more information, check out the Voronezh website (only in Russian): http://www.voronej.com/
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