Is there anything better than starting the day with a walk in a delicious grocery store? Paulo and I went to meet the Danilovsky Market which is one of the best known in Moscow.
This is a market from the Soviet era, but now that it is more hipster, tidy, super organized and full of local products. Russian producers have benefited greatly after import taxes have risen sharply and that is why the supply of domestic products is much greater today.
There you will find everything: cheeses, honey, chocolate, olive oil, oil and even stalls with food typical of Russian regions, such as Dagestan. We took the opportunity to have lunch there and I think it is an incredible tour for those who want to enjoy discovering new flavors and ingredients ?
After a delicious meal, we went to find a capoeira group in Moscow. Yes, it really exists and we needed to know, right? Reception of Pepeu could not be better. He has lived in Russia for almost 8 years and teaches capoeira in several kindergartens and nurseries. Altogether, he has more than 300 Russian students and of course we went to attend one of the classes – which, by the way, was in a super interesting school with Montessori furniture and even a little garden!
And since the day started with food, we needed to end it with a flourish. This was our last night in Moscow and we got a reservation at the 23rd best restaurant in the world and the 1st in Russia: the White Rabbit. Whoever watched Chef’s Table, NetFlix’s incredible gastronomy series, certainly knows what I’m talking about!
We chose the Chef’s Table menu, prepared and made in front of us by the chef Vladmir Mukhin, which is entirely vegan. The coolest thing is that it does not use sophisticated or super rare ingredients, but ordinary foods but prepared in its best version.
One of my favorites was the zucchini porridge served in a different cabbage, with kale crispy and rhubarb flower porridge and golden currant flower.
The best dessert was the last: a cashew nut cake with grated coconut! It is delicate, simple but at the same time full of flavor
Now, I couldn’t go to the White Rabbit and not eat a Honey Cake, right? This dessert is part of the restaurant’s tasting menu, but talking to the chef I was able to taste him, by the way, them.
The honey cake comes in two versions: the classic which is a recipe from Vladmir Mukhin’s grandmother who has an indescribable taste of wild honey. Now, the chef’s version is with honey cake, tuille and cherry ice cream which is also amazing!
Phew, there were a lot of emotions – and delicious food – on that last day in Moscow, right? I swear I’m already in the mood to return to this wonderful city that surprised us in many ways. If you want to see our full experience, just watch the vlog below ?