Sometimes as an expat you just find yourself craving food from home. Situated next door to the Portuguese Embassy and just along the road from the Irish Embassy and Japanese Consulate, the Food Embassy aims to please expats with a wide range of foods from around the world as well as some homegrown Russian favourites.
It’s a tough ask to provide food that hits the spot for foreigners who have been raised on those dishes but if the British Fish and Chips were anything to go by, the chef really knows her stuff.
My husband was the one who ordered the fish, and he said it was the best he’s had since leaving England’s shores. It would be hard to get a better review! I opted for the smoked duck tagliatelle – the restaurant has its own smokehouse and so offers a wide range of smoked dishes. I’m no expert but it was certainly very tasty. The kids went for the cod nuggets and French fries, and they ate the cod so fast we were tempted to order them another portion, but in the end they chose to fill up their tummies with the kids desert (a rather nice chocolate ice-cream). I decided that I had space for desert too and was tempted by this very pretty Anna Pavolva from New Zealand. It was delicious but enormous and I ate far more of it than I really should, it was very moreish!
Of course, regular readers will know that the menu alone isn’t enough to tempt us through the doors with two young kids in tow – a big draw for us was the Food Embassy art masterclass for kids on Saturdays and Sundays (after 2pm). As well as two lovely ladies to help children with some wonderful art projects (I think my 3 year old may have been given some considerable help to make hers!), the restaurant also sets aside an area at weekends with some toys to keep the little ones occupied.
The kids had a wonderful time, Little Pickle revelled in the full attention of the art lady and had a great time colouring and sticking and was extremely proud of the card she made. Beanie-boy was tempted by the toys which were more than enough to keep him entertained while waiting for his food to arrive, and were still keeping him busy some time later while his parents indulged in tea and coffee.
We will be making a return visit to Food Embassy in the near future. Next time I’ll see if the sticky toffee pudding stands up to the best of British too!
Food Embassy can be found at 26, Prospekt Mira Building 8 – but the entrance is some considerable way down Grokholsky Pereulok next door to the Portuguese Embassy. As well as having a kids menu and art classes, I also spotted a highchair for the littlest ones.