Ethnic cuisine restaurants

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Modus is a cosy restaurant with a fireplace and a peaceful mountain view, located at Rosa Khutor resort. The menu is mostly Italian with several kinds of bruschetta, salads, pizzas, pastas, and a long list of meat entrees. Modus feels like a mountain chalet inside, with worn wicker chairs, artificially aged dressers, purposely exposed stark wooden roof-beams, the skull of some horned animal, and a pair of mountain skis with a portrait of the Russian President.


The notable features are lots of air, roomy porch, heavy leather couches, and carefully culled European and Oriental cuisine on the menu, with the prevalence of Italian and Japanese specialties. Many dishes are prepared in a Josper wood-burning oven, which lends a special flavour to the food. Grillage serves breakfast in the morning. The breakfast menu includes Josper-fried eggs with mushrooms, turkey and Bruschetta bread.

Grillage always has either a DJ, or a live act playing in the evening. The restaurant throws parties occasionally, and celebrates a variety of national and folk holidays. They expect whole families with kids on weekends. Kids feel welcome at Grillage, what with the special menu, animators and playground. Grillage will deliver orders worth 500 rubles or higher.



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Located in the main square of the Rosa Khutor ski resort, Luciano is part of a small Moscow-based restaurant chain. Predictably, the Italian classics are all in: the grilled specialties, six kinds of pasta, seven kinds of pizza, and the typical Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres, such as Caprese, olives, assorted cheeses and a few kinds of Bruschetta. The professionally balanced menu with large servings must be ideal for the starved athletes, who customarily relax out on the heated terrace after dinner, sipping mulled wine. For kids, there’s foosball and sports on TV. Luciano is redolent of some hospitable trattoria somewhere in the Alps – an impression enhanced by the horned head on the wall, the woodpile, some skis and white furry pelts on the bar stools and beach chairs.
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There are five Nippon House chain sushi restaurants in and around Sochi, but this one, at Ulitsa Vorovskogo, is in the center. The servings are standards, but the prices are below average. Similarly to most Japanese restaurants these days, Nippon House has an Italian menu insert, which lists pasta carbonara and chicken tagliatelle, among other selections.


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Although RedFox is a pretty pricey restaurant, you cannot even walk in – you have to reserve a table ahead of time. Once inside, worthy of note are the distinguished wine list, the complex and thoughtful menu, and the high luxury factor, what with the fireplace, snow-white tablecloths, deer antler chandeliers and lots of cut glass. All this combines to quickly resuscitate the exhausted executive voyager or holiday-maker.

The food is good and filling. Some of the eye-catchers on the menu are rabbit golubtsy, duck borsch, and honeysuckle ice-cream. For entertainment, please proceed to karaoke room, that is, join the back of the line for the karaoke room.


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Fettuccine, the “people” trattoria, is quite possibly the most sought-after Italian restaurant in Sochi. The paper napkins on the table provide a brief introduction to the gastronomic world of the Apennines. They serve the Bruschettas on a cutting board, they will give you an elegant wooden spoon to eat your ice-cream with, but most importantly, they don’t skimp on the quality or quantity of the food at Fettuccine. If you order a pesto salad, you may rest assured that the salad will come with exactly as much pesto as a generous Italian home-maker would use, and with much else besides.

The atmosphere is perfectly like-home at Fettuccine, and the crowd is most diverse: young parents with kids, old people (who will be relaxing out on the terrace with a glass of Italian wine after dinner), young couples, and the occasional executive traveller, dropping by for dinner and realizing the place is awesome. If you wish to come here in the evening and don’t want to be disappointed, call for a reservation. Culinary master-classes and various amusements for kids happen at Fettuccine from time to time.



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Stari Grad is a solid Balkan restaurant housed in the Mandarin shopping and amusement centre, which is chock-full of other restaurants, as well as shops. And yet Stari Grad always seems to be packed, despite the profuse competition.

It’s a “good old food” realm at Stari Grad with choices like kharcho soup, schnitzel, grilled trout, beef goulash, and assorted pickles. Although Balkan food is diluted with the perennial southern Russian favourites at Stari Grad, the rule of thumb of Balkan cuisine – meat to the max – is observed religiously, and the meat is all good and relatively inexpensive.
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This pan-Asian restaurant stays open all night, which is quite out of character for Sochi. Despite the pan-Asian domination, the menu fuses all genres and cuisines: burgers, seafood noodles, tiramisu… Daytime is reserved for families with kids (high chairs are on hand). The same adults, but now sans the kids, return to fill up on mixed drinks in the evening.

Some of the best bar staff in Sochi work here, mixing killer cocktails. The bar is decked out to look like a chemistry lab. The staff wear doctors’ gowns and serve the drinks in test-tubes. FollowMeCafé is the sister of the eponymous café in Moscow. The long Sunday brunch at FollowMeCafé is famous. The brunch just kind of flows inadvertently into dinner.
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The size of this huge two-storey restaurant is matched by the size of its bulging menu, prevalently Georgian and Mediterranean with lots of fish and seafood. They have everything a seaside holiday-maker can dream of. The interior design of Baran-Rapan is elaborate, thought-through down to the tiniest detail.

Most patrons come to Baran-Rapan for its extensive seafood selection which is, indeed, impressive. But this restaurant is also notable for its elegant service, which often turns a regular dinner into a festive experience.


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Tubeteika (Skull Cap), an inconspicuous Uzbek café which is not easy to find, happens to be one of the favourite dining destinations among the locals. Small wonder when you factor in the huge servings, low prices, elegant tableware and beautiful Central Asian ornaments in the décor. And the food is really good and not all Uzbek. The menu also lists such offerings as Armenian dolma, Russian borsch, and rissoles of pike-perch shipped all the way from the River Don.


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This is a family restaurant that welds many ethnic cuisines, most notably, Mediterranean, Russian, Japanese and Caucasian. They seem to coexist in a peaceful and profitable manner. Chances are slim of getting in without a reservation in the evening or during the high season.