The last Russian restaurant we'd been in was in Medford, Oregon some years ago. So on reading about Moscow on the Hill in Saint Paul, we just had to check it out. It turned out to be a very nice dining experience. Parking was quite easy at the adjacent YWCA lot; evidently the restaurant levies (usually) a small fee of $5, but it was well worth the convenience. Although we'd taken the precaution of making reservations, it turns out they really weren't needed this Monday early evening. We were seated promptly, led past the chairs and sofas of the vodka lounge, to the smallish dining room beyond. The waiter was very helpful and patient in answering our questions about the variety of dishes on the menu. We started out with one beef pirozhok and two spinach blintzes for an appetizer. For drinks, we stuck with iced tea, lemonade, and Kvas (a kind of bread soda pop). Small bowls of borscht came next (very tasty). Then a short round of Siberian pelmeni (meat dumplings) followed by the main course: Czar's Medallions (pork), Cabbage Rolls (stuffed cabbage leaves in sauce), and a vegetarian Givetch (mixed spiced vegetables on buckwheat) to which broiled chicken was added (extra). A basket of dark rye bread (extra) rounded things out.
The meals were excellent (and very rich!). The portions were ample enough that two of our party required take-home boxes for what they could not finish. The bill for three people came out to about $115 before tax and tip. Yes, that's quite expensive, but the food, the service, and the atmosphere were definitely worth it. I will look forward to visiting MooH again and trying some of the other items from their menu.
One note: we had to make reservations by leaving a voicemail note. Never got a callback to confirm, so we were a little worried as the evening approached whether we'd gotten on their books, but it all turned out well.
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