Back in March we made a trip to visit our offshore counterparts in Minsk, Belarus. It was a truly amazing trip with superb hospitality from our Belarussian hosts, with each evening topped up with a medly of superb Belarussian food. We didn’t go with many expectations but were genruinely positively suprised with the seasonings and flavours in the cusine that we experienced. Whilst the eastern traditions have tomato, tanginess and spice as their main constituents, the Eastern hemisphere focuses on the creaminess and subtler elaboration of flavours. I have to make a shout out to our counterparts at VRP Consulting – Belarus for their fantastic hospitality.
We were there for a week, which gave us a good chance to sample different restauraunts and try of native Belarussian and other neighbouring country cusines. We’ll be writing separate articles for groups of dishes that we experienced. Below are some dishes we sampled on our first day.
Lunchtime: VRP Headquaters Downstairs Lounge
This restauraunt was in the sheesha lounge downstairs from the VRP headquarters, in the following location: https://goo.gl/maps/nadivbsYu3KVbe3X7
Chicken Broth Soup and Grilled Aubergine Feta
The chicken broth soup was a simple chicken stock, a little on the brand side, but probably a simple starter to have to fill and line the stomach in line was a sumotuous main course.
The Grilled Aubergine Feta was nice. Aubergine shallow fried in oil and garlic with a splash of balsamic vinegar, in between slices of tomato and topped with a thick slice of pan fried feta.
Chicken and Pepper Gravy with Creamy Mash
This was really nice! A well seasoned chicken and pepper caserole on a bed of creamy potato mash. A nice wholesome peppery taste to this dish.
Dinner: Double Tree by Hilton, Minsk
Burrata with Rocket and Baby Tomato
Now this was something special. We had this at the Hilton Hotel in Minsk. Super fresh Burrata with rocket and baby tomato with a balsamic vinegar drizzle.
Pan fried Cod with Matcha Cream
We ordered this excited with the Mathca cream in the description and we were not disappointed. The skin on the fish was nice and crisp. The fish itself was nicely cooked, with the fish flaking off well and the match cream in combination with the fish worked beautifully. Overall a really nice main course dish.
Smoked Asian Tiger Prawns
Sheer perfection. Both in terms of the visual excellence and presentation of this dish, and also the glazed seasoning that was applied to the prawns. These had been pan fried with a really lovely taste and definately was the highlight dish of the evening. Very subtly coated in sweet chilli sauce and cooked in garlic butter, we really enjoyed this one.