As they do every year, the newspapers are predicting that this will be the worst winter for years.
Whether it turns out Baltic or Balearic, you can warm your bones with some fantastic Russian cooking thanks to today’s Big Deal at Cossachok Restaurant in the Merchant City.
Since 1998, this welcoming Russian restaurant and cultural centre has been introducing people to Russian food, culture and vodka.
It’s a colourful, buzzy space that regularly plays host to live music, exhibitions and the occasional outbreak of dancing.
Available from noon to 9pm, Sunday to Thursday, this offer is for two people to each have two courses from the Cossachok Restaurant set menu.
It is a fantastic way to try authentic Russian and Eastern European food.
A complimentary shot of the house vodka is served with the starters. Choose between chilled cranberry or hazelnut.
Borscht – traditional country soup with cabbage, beetroot, tomato & garlic. Served with rye bread & sour cream (V)
Soup of the day – please ask your waiter
Shuba – layered salad composed of diced salted herring, covered with layers of grated boiled potatoes, carrots, beetroot, boiled eggs, chopped onions & mayonnaise dressing
Mini bites – Chef’s choice of Russian salads (V)
Meat platter – selection of Russian meats served with pickled vegetables
Salmon blini – Russian wheat pancakes, served with Scottish smoked salmon & sour cream
Atlantic herring – platter of marinated herring served with potatoes
Chicken wings – deep-fried chicken wings served with sweet chilli sauce
Pork steak – pan-fried pork loin topped with melted cheese, smoked pork and served with roast potatoes
Golubtsi – cabbage rolls stuffed with a filling of pork mince, rice, and vegetables simmered in tomato sauce, served with roast potatoes on a side
Chenach in a clay bowl – pork stew made with carrots, potatoes and garlic in tomato sauce. Topped with the sour cream and served with a slice of bread
Chakhokhbili – spicy Georgian dish of chicken chunks in a delicious tomato, garlic, tarragon & basil sauce. Served with rice and fresh salad
Lulya kebab – Georgian-style lamb mince kebabs, seasoned in herbs, and skewered. Served with roast potatoes, fresh salad and special tomato & herb sauce
Moscow blintzes – pancakes stuffed with turkey mince and rice. Served with fresh salad and spinach sauce
Crispy ravioli – deep-fried, Russian, beef & pork mince ravioli baked with melted cheddar cheese and double cream sauce
Babushka blintzes – pancakes, stuffed with cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, onions and spices served with mixed salad and orange sauce (V)
Vegetarian pepper – Delightful vegetarian dish of sweet roasted pepper, stuffed with fried vegetables and rice, and topped with the chef’s special tomato and herb sauce (V)
5pm Dining customers are big fans of Cossachok Restaurant. More than 600 diners have given the restaurant a superb combined rating of 4.5/5. This recent review says it all:
‘Perfect for a stormy evening. Great value food, a really warming and hearty meal. The menu is diverse, the service excellent and the surroundings eclectic and interesting! A firm favourite.’
This offer is valid from early January to the 30th of March 2018 so it would make a quirky stocking-filler.
It is also an excellent introduction to the authentic Russian food and hospitality dished up by Cossachok Restaurant.
And, of course, if anyone knows about winter warmer cuisine, it’s the Russians.
And finally, if you are planning on catching any Celtic Connection gigs at the Old Fruitmarket, Cossachok Restaurant is a five minute stroll from the venue.