Diversity in dining is a pleasure, but how about Russian? This review features Moscow on the Hill, located on Cathedral Hill in one of St. Paul’s oldest neighborhoods, which was established in 1994 and features traditional Russian food and Vodka. The hill is host to some of the finer and most fun dining locations in the Twin Cities, W. A Frost and The Happy Gnome being two of my favorites plus the St. Paul Curling Club for great entertainment. Our introduction was complemented by the fine service of bartender Dan Tierney, a long time St. Paul native, who provided an education on several Russian Beer and Vodka offerings. The dining area’s ambiance fits with Russian culture, but on this spring evening we chose the patio which is private and impressive. My team of diners and I relied on our server Anya, who is from the Ukraine, to perfect our order, and so it began! The Happy Hour Appetizer menu offers a mini version ($4.00 each) of standard Appetizers which allowed us to sample to our hearts content. Cheboureki, ground lamb and beef stuffed pastries puffed in hot oil served with tomato-garlic relish | Pelmeni St. Paul, pork and beef dumplings served with feta cream and beet mustard seed, sweet and sour sauce | Moscow Fries, fried dill potatoes with dipping sauce | Roasted Beet Salad, field greens, candied pecans, goat cheese, pomegranate vinaigrette.
“Time out for beer and vodka”!
Entrée selections were the House Special of Wild Rice Cabbage Rolls, pork, beef and wild rice filled cabbage leaves braised in vegetable sauce, garnished with sour cream and fresh dill | Chicken Kiev, chicken breast filled with dill-garlic butter, served with parsley mashed potatoes and marinated red cabbage / Duck Confit, two massive duck leg/thighs served with buckwheat pilaf and braised cabbage | Salmon Fillet with Vareniki, blackened salmon, potato filled Vareniki dumplings, dill chardonnay creme.
Done, well until Anya insisted we had to finish this fine Russian meal with dessert, “White Russian” Tiramisu with Espresso & Kahlua macerated ladyfingers, Mascarpone cream, and dusted with cocoa powder, she couldn’t have been more right. Moscow on the Hill is a unqiue food experience and on this night was one to be remembered. Check it out!!
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
It’s beer. No really, it’s beer but it tastes EXACTLY (eerily even) like root beer. Add a scoop or two of good vanilla ice cream and you have one mean adult root beer float perfect for a summer barbecue. And for those who need an extra kick, this is also occasionally available in limited edition, 22 oz, 10.7% & 19.5% ABV bombers.
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