Drink&Dranik: Where to eat and drink in Minsk
There are a lot of beautiful cities and only two types of people in the world: those who can see beauty only if its concentration is off scale, and those who find beauty literally everywhere! Travel to Paris, Venice, Milan etc. – though always a good idea, but consisting of cultural clichés and many other people’s experience. A much more inspiring experiment is to choose a city from which you expect nothing and be ready for anything. So Minsk for the weekend? Why don’t you!
food&travel columnist, journalist
Arriving on a Saturday morning flight, you will get a full day in the city, do not save money and spend time choosing a bus. Yes, only 5 BYN (approx. ed. – here and then “Belarusian rubles”), – about 150 rubles. – but more than an hour on the way to the bus station. Uber works perfectly in Minsk: the cost of a trip to the center from the airport will be 30-40 BYN, and in the city 5-9 BYN.
Now let’s search for local food and try to figure out what draniki different from sorcerers. There are many restaurants of national cuisine in the city, but this is the danger of running into a purely tourist place without beauty in the moment and quality in food.
Kuhmister. Pancakes with lamb sausage
For a culinary immersion in the Belarusian cuisine worthwhile option would be Kuhmistr (St. Karla Marksa, d. 40). The interior is not without stereotypes, but its own tinctures, three-dimensional menu, including all the culinary hits of Belarus: dumplings, a variety of meat delicacies and already mentioned draniki, deserving a separate ode. The dish is simple, but for some reason it is often prepared poorly, the oil and fried too, on the contrary – inside the porridge.
Kuhmister. Dumplings “with soul”
Local – the standard, they have a tender core and crisp, impressive size and tasty company in the form of mushrooms or brisket. If you take into account the sour cream, you get about 400 g of very hearty and cozy food. A strong stomach is recommended to study the menu further, fans of ease – carefully go to the exit for a coffee mood.
The city has a lot of third-wave coffee shops – a grain of specialty level and a certain concept – and recently passed Gastrofest.Coffee, for participation in which it was necessary to create pairing coffee+dessert.
In Faces Coffee Club (independence Avenue, 94) came up with a set: latte with homemade salted caramel, branded cheesecake with peanuts and two vegan sweets, Coffee&Croissant (Leningrad, d. 1) – coffee Mattoo Voodoo in the skull with Tonka beans under a nut meringue with raspberry dessert Candle Voodoo. These two coffee shops became winners in “national vote”, as well as Wake up Coffee. In General, independence Avenue should be renamed the Coffee – too high a concentration of this drink per square meter.
A few more addresses: art coffee shop “White suitcase” (house 43), coffee Gallery (house 18) and charming space “Poems, coffee, kisses” (house 19). Previously, it was a bookstore with a spiral staircase near the legendary cafe “gourmet”. Sixteen square meters of seventeen Eva Pekarova, taking money from parents, opened a coffee shop with three concepts. “Coffee” – bar, where they cook cappuccino (2,5 BYN), flat white (3,5 BYN), cocoa (3 BYN), “Poems” – installation of books and lavender on the wall, as well as creative poetry evenings, “Kisses” – you can kiss with branded covers in the form of lips, and with someone pleasant and animated.
“Poetry, coffee, kisses»
Not only to drink coffee, but also just like to drink in Minsk. A wonderful aperitif can be obtained in speakeasy bar “Bootleger” (Komsomolskaya str., 18). First, to get to the basement of the pre-revolutionary building, you had to call a secret number: its last digits are encrypted in the word alcohol, and then enter through the flower shop and knock. It turned out that this is too difficult game, so the street bar is now visible on the stickers on the pipe, and placed near the entrance light advertising. Bar of the Prohibition era: behind the counter beautiful guys in hats with code names silent (girls, attention, sit closer to the counter), rich and, of course, the Boss. It is recommended to order “Barbara” (gin, barberry, sparkling) in an elegant cream, “Irish Liver” (whiskey and homemade syrup from stout) and “Vertinsky” (rum on banana, bitter liquorice and lemon juice). However, the name “the Last of the first” promises a lot.
“Cans-Bottles” (Zybitskaya, 6). Bar, which impresses with its presence on the menu of liquors, made in the Belarusian berries and fruits. From the local bartenders do not leave sober, and let the last straw will be a strong cocktail of sorrel – this finish best expresses the daring spirit of the city.
If you want to have an elegant dinner, you need to go to the “Foam of days” (Komsomolskaya str., 12) – a new restaurant based on the famous film with Audrey Toto and less popular book by Boris vian. The inscription on the concise menu reads: “the Most that neither is the real story, composed from beginning to end.” The chef composes in plates gastronomic surrealism, brilliant in its simplicity and overtones of taste. “Tartarary” of salmon on buckwheat chips with pickled cucumber, venison with goat cheese and dried cranberries, drowned in gin, beef based on Georgian cuisine and “crazy on bread” with eel under a crust of Parmesan and fresh mushrooms.
It is worth trying oat Orzo with chestnuts, pastrami and mustard foam (19 BYN) and beef steak with demiglas and mashed baked potatoes (27 BYN). For dessert – a delicious honey cake “Not like your mother’s” or a cake “History of one log”, whatever it means.
Exactly opposite the National art Museum is a bookstore “Son Gogol” (Lenin street, d. 15). As you know, the most important pleasure of misanthropes and melancholy – a fascinating story of the book to the accompaniment of perfectly cooked espresso. Here you can find both, and even a false fireplace, where instead of a live fire – garlands, fantasy postcards with collages-portraits of artists, Directors, writers. The menu of drinks is funny and gentle – handwritten as follows: “We cook a great Brazilian Bourbon roasting kitchen coffee roasters, brew natural English tea – it will dissolve the leaves, blades of grass and dreams in the kettle.” Lovers of wandering and spices offer to try jazz improvisation on the theme of masala tea – spicy milk tea. Time here flows slowly and viscous, as in a dream, and so do not want this dream to end.
Modern Minsk without classicism, modernism and clear lines will be found in an easy distance from the city center on Oktyabrskaya street, where the old factory was turned into a Museum of graffiti. Brazilian artist Ramon Martins set a record — within the street art festival Vulica Brasil he created the world’s largest mural, which is registered in the Guinness Book of records. Figure 3 456 m2 devoted to the protection of endangered species. The world of animals is not limited to art, on the walls and Frida Kahlo, and Belarusian fairy tales, and heroes of pop culture. The impression colossal!
Mural on October
Oktyabrskaya street is considered street food: on both sides restaurants and food trucks, but it is better to turn into the arch into the yard and find Underdog.Pizzaplace (October, 23 a). In the Cambridge dictionary, the word Underdog is explained as follows: when outsiders win happily, and no one expected. The menu for the main – pizza and sparkling from 9 to 16 BYN per glass. Pizza is baked on wood, it turns out luxury: thick edges, thoroughly baked with fire dough with fancy fillings like blue cheese and walnut (11 BYN), oyster mushrooms with broccoli (13 BYN), four cheeses with an interesting composition for 13 BYN and salmon shrimp for 16 BYN. Bubbles are also different styles – cava and Prosecco, Lambrusco and cremans.
The memory of the city take funny greeting cards, cool sweatshirts, badges and handmade cookware – it’s all there in the gift shop “Walk dzyak” here on October.