Moscow Good Food Club – Real Food Restaurant, Crowne Plaza

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Following a reliable tip that one of the city’s most imaginative Chefs could be found working his magic in the aptly named Real Food Restaurant, valiant members of the Moscow Good Food Club (MGFC) made their way to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the World Trade Centre in their continued quest to seek out and find above average food and wine in Moscow.

A beautiful table had been created next to the open plan kitchen and it was with great anticipation that the MGFC members took their places after an excellent aperitif consisting of Scallops with fresh tomato cream, parma with melon and balsamic pearls and amazing porto ruby strawberries accompanied by a bright and cheerful Prosecco Spumante Oro Brut from Casa Defra, Italy.

Our hosts for the evening event Dmitry Motorin, the Director of F&B and Executive Chef Mikhail Kuznetsov who welcomed us and described the delicacies that awaited our pleasure in great detail.

First course was Tender Duck Breast with Warm Goat Cheese, Pomelo, Pecans and Brandied Cherry, an amazing salad medley of a colourful salad with succulent duck, wonderful warm cheese and other surprises. This was accompanied by the excellent Marques de Riscal Verdejo Rueda DO 2013, Spain.

Selection_273Members were warming to the intricacies being prepared for them and were aghast with pleasure as the next course; the Kamchatka Crab Strudel was served. Succulent Kamchatka crab with mango wrapped in a light pastry adorned with a pea/mint sauce. The wine was particularly suitable a light yet complementing Albizzia IGT Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 2012, Italy.

By this stage the members were relaxing to the food themes and the third rule of the Moscow Good Food Club came into play: Good Company, as old friends and new members were united in their thoughts and comments of the food being served.

For a brief pause and to refresh the palate a Raspberry & Black pepper sorbet was served. The flavours were strong and invigorating, however this was more of an ice cream and should have been more of a sorbet. However, this presented no problem as all glasses were virtually licked clean!

For the main course, we had been offered a choice either Patagonian Sea Bass accompanied with Calvados Apple Puree and Sun-Cured Tomatoes, or, Roasted Veal Chop with Kaffir Leaves and Sesame Seeds, served with Tropical Salsa and Bourbon Sauce. Both dishes were superb; the fish light, tasty and perfectly cooked and the veal was appreciated for it’s depth of flavor and perfect presentation. The main courses were paired with Priara Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave DOC Pradio 2012, Italy and red, the Donna Marzia Primitivo Salento IGT Conti Zecca 2011, Italy.

The finale left us all in awe as we were presented with Baked Figs with Honey Gorgonzola and Portuguese Thyme. This was a truly spectacular dessert of conflicting flavours that just melted in the mouth.
As is customary, a ‘Critique’ for the meal is presented by elected members and their ratings for the Real Food Restaurant were:-

To surmise, an excellent adventurous meal cooked to perfection under the guidance of Mikhail Kuznetsov, accompanied by superbly prepared wines.

As always Members of the Moscow Good Food Club were asked to comment on a topical point. ‘The no smoking law will come into effect this summer. How do you think that this will affect the Restaurant/Bar business. Do you see negative as well as positive effects’. All expressed their pleasure at being able to go to bars/restaurants in the future and not have to send all clothing to be dry cleaned the next day! Many questioned how this would be enforced. We think that there will be an increase in the number of terraces, and this will probably provide smokers with an opportunity to continue their habit. So generally, most positive. Lets see how it will work!

The Moscow Good Food Club consists of a group of people who enjoy the same principles of Good Food, Good Wine and Great Company. Meals are organised once a month with a restaurant providing an above average meal with appropriate wines for 3,000 roubles making it excellent value for money and most enjoyable. Contact kim@aigroup.ru if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

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