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In the restaurant
The price differences between different restaurants in Russia can be huge, a look ahead into that "Minju" ("The menu") is therefore definitely recommended. However, not all restaurants offer English menus, which sometimes makes it difficult for foreign guests to articulate their wishes. Because the waiters usually don't speak English either. However, many restaurants display the dishes on their menus with a photo.
A "Abjed" (Lunch) or "Uschin" ("Dinner") traditionally includes a first course "Borscht", one "Salyanka" or one "Rassolnik", one of the many soups in Russian cuisine, followed by a main course with a side dish. You can also order one of the many salads, which, unlike in Western Europe, are usually dressed with mayonnaise.
The drinks common in Germany have now also established themselves in Russia, i.e. water, cola, juice, beer. Wine is usually served too, but it is often expensive. Spirits are still relatively cheap, although they have been heavily taxed in recent years to fight alcoholism. They are still ordered to accompany meals, but not nearly as often as they were in the 1990s. The competitive society that Russia has become in the meantime no longer allows the consumption of hard alcohol in the quantities it did in the old days.
Whoever wants to pay expresses his wish with the words "Schot, paschalusta!" (The Bill please!). The waiter never bills at the table, but rather brings the bill in a basket or in a folder in which the guest puts the money. It is possible to pay by credit card almost everywhere. The rules for that "Chevy" ("Tips") are not very strict, as in Germany the guest can round up. If you want to behave correctly, tip ten percent.
An inexpensive alternative to the "Restoran" ("Restaurant") or "Kafe" ("Café") is the "Stalówaja" ("Cafeteria"), a holdover from communism. As in a canteen, the guest picks up the meal with a tray at the counter and pays at the front desk. The pre-cooked food usually tastes like food that has been kept warm, but it is quite diverse, filling and very inexpensive. The "Stalówajas" are a sentimental reference to the "good old days". They also demonstrate this by the fact that B-movies of Soviet origin are often shown on screens in the background.
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