Best Seafood in Moscow – Arbat Street

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Interior of restaurant

Walking along Arbat Street we stumbled across a little sign that showed a cute crab – After 15 days in Russia we were quite sick of meat and the three of us trotted down the stairs to the second level to have a “crab” seafood dinner.  This little restaurant had about 15 tables – seats maybe 50 – 70 people comfortably – clean bathrooms and very friendly service with English Menus.  They specialize in Seafood – Prawns – Oysters – Crabs.

 

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Oysters – Fresh – Briny – Delicious

Pricing isn’t bad at all – The seafood is served in a cold platter but depends on which platter you pick – The prawns arrive hot – get the Russian ones they are big with plump Roe! – The whelk with potatoes is delicious and arrives hot, the scallops are a bit small but hot and tasty – well seasoned – the mussles are excellent and arrive piping hot and a generous amount.  We went there 2 times – First time  we got the platter to share for three people maybe it’s because we are asian or we just eat little and we couldn’t finish it.

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Piping Hot & Delicious Russian Prawns

Second time we ordered ala carte which turned out to be more expensive with less food so get the platter!  Giant Crabs are very expensive in Thailand which can go for over 1000 roubles for 1 piece in the supermarket and here it was about 1800 roubles for a whole plate.

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In many high end restaurants they serve these giant crab legs but are salty – over here its very meaty and not salty at all.  I’m most impressed however with the prawns – the roe is bright and very plump and very delicious – you can taste the sea with every bite.

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Plump Roe

The have a few choices for soup, on the first visit we have the bisque which was ok but not something to order again.  However on our second trip we ordered the milk crab soup and it was absolutely delicious.  Milky, creamy crabby with a hint of spice.  It was very very good.

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Very very good!

We also ordered the little prawns that arrived in a small metal bucket.  It was the same as those you get in the platter so i definitely recommend getting the platter as it is alot cheaper.

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Refreshing and delicious in a strange way.

They recommended us a drink / lemonade – cucumber, mint concoction was just refreshing and actually really nice.  We had 3 jugs as it wasn’t overly sweet and somehow the got the balance right with the cucumber lemonade and basil.  Great way to balance the meal.

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Get a nice 5 percent discout!

Upload pictures on instragram and you get a 5 percent discount.  Which you can go with their free wifi.  Their servers are very friendly and very nice even with limited english.  It’s rare to fins such nice servers in Russia in my opinion and they really went the extra mile to help out.  Definitely one of the best places to come.  It’s located around the middle of Arbat street, next to a Kid’s restaurant.  There’s only 1 seafood restaurant that i saw in Arbat street so not hard to find.

 

Delicious Seat food at the Swan Oyster Depot – San Francisco

Look at the que!
Look at the que!
Just look at all the yummy things on display!
Just look at all the yummy things on display!
Yum Yum Yum
Yum Yum Yum
Take a minute to gaze on the colorful menus on the wall!
Take a minute to gaze on the colorful menus on the wall!
Nice friendly owners!
Nice friendly owners!

Clearing out my picture files and i stumbled upon many records that i forgot to write about.  Coming from asia where we are surrounded by beautiful beaches and great seafood i never expected to experience one of the best seafood meals in SF.  After an hour in que (we were the last ones) we finally got a table.  It was a great experience, everyone sat at the counter bar and in front you can look at all the fresh seafood and drool and imagine what you would order when you finally got to sit down.  What we ordered:

Best Best UNI EVER!
Best Best UNI EVER!

1)  Sea Urchin – I was so lucky it was the last one and me and the last guy shared half of this humongous guy…. It was the best uni i ever tasted in my life… I still dream about it back in Thailand.

Can you see the amount of crab???
Can you see the amount of crab???

2)  Crab Salad – It was fresh veggies which is nothing new in a salad but the amount of crab meat stunned my friend into silence.  They just grabbed handfuls and placed it on the salad.  I mean it’s crab…..  It was fresh, sweet, firm chunks!  Delish… You cannot imagine…

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3) Clam Chowder – Very Rich, creamy and good for dipping in the bread. Bread was cold but oh well we were there for the seafood.

Whata big fella
Whata big fella

4) Half a Dungeness Crab – This crab was a huge guy, in Asia crabs are big but this guy was probably from giant land.  My friend who was a crab lover sat quiet after 2 weeks of complaining about western food finally shut up and just ate and ate.

All you need is a squeeze of lemon!
All you need is a squeeze of lemon!

5)  Half a dozen oysters – All mine.. All mine.  I forgot what i ordered but they were salty, juicy, and yum.

I dont think you can explain much about how seafood tastes like, i think it’s different from Thailand where everything is cooked and piping hot.  Eating cold fresh seafood really is a luxury and i appreciate just basic seafood and undressed.  Just enjoy it the way nature intended it.  Fresh and yum.  PS:  They open at 11am and last orders at 4.30pm if i’m not mistaken.