The Russian market is clearly showing trends that it is ready for a change toward an organic lifestyle. There is a desire to eat and buy organic products growing amongst the population, even though most of the vegetables need to be imported, due to a lack of farms in and around Moscow. Luckily, travelers will find many restaurants popping up with organic, nutrient-dense menu options, inspired by some of the organic chef masters of Europe, making it easy to stick to your health goals, even while on holiday. We’re not saying you have to give up the borscht and blinis (good heavens, no!), but mixing it up will make your trip across Rasputin’s old stomping grounds that much more enjoyable.
Look for these dishes
Masked cauliflower — If you can’t make it to Jam in St. Petersburg (www. cafejam.spb.ru), you can easily make from home. Made from cauliflower, yogurt, curry, mustard, dill, shrimp, eggs, tomatoes, and green peas, all this dish requires is a the boiled cabbage to be mixed with the other ingredients, and pinched with salt and pepper to taste.
At restaurant Canvas (in the Renaissance St. Peteburg Baltic Hotel www.RenaissanceSaintPetersburg.ru ), they offer Duck fillet stuffed with crab and vegetables drizzled in lemon. It sounds rich, but you can ask for tiger shrimp instead, and they even add cubed apples to the mix for a sweeter, fresher taste.
A popular Russian “energy” salad you can make from home includes avocado, orange or grapefruit (preferably the latter), lettuce, shrimp, slightly salted red fish, and is dressed with olive oil, salt, balsamic sauce (or you can use lemon juice).
Pierrot restaurant in St. Petersburg (www.CourtyardSaintPetersburg.ru) offers a French cuisine-inspired beef tenderloin Chateaubriand with celery and potato gratin, seasoned with thyme and rosemary. The meat is grilled until golden brown, the shallots are sprinkled with a little sugar, then cooked with red wine.