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“A pie and a pint Moscow style”
Review of Shinok

Shinok
Ranked #83 of 13,640 Restaurants in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 35 - US$ 44
Cuisines: European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Ukrainian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Presnensky
Description: Restaurant is designed as a Ukrainian peasant house. In the centre of the restaurant there is a small yard with live domestic poultry and cattle: hens, turkeys, a sheep, cow and small rabbit. There are 6 rooms around the yard. Four of them have windows with the view of the yard.
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A pie and a pint Moscow style”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Looking for simple food easy walking distance from the Crowne Plaza when it's -20C outside? Look no further than this interesting establishment. A bit kitsch on the outside and clearly pastiche rustic beams and plaster when you get inside, turn left at the top of the stairs to find yourself in Shinok where the waiting staff are done up in Ukrainian 'peasant' costume - not I suspect that you ever saw a Ukrainian peasant in a miniskirt. But things do get better after that. The local beer (Pivostarokievskoe) is perfectly fine, and great with the food. Really don't bother with the imported beer. The small pies are tasty, but small. At RUB69 each, have a plateful. Potatoe pancakes with sour cream are pretty good. The rabbit stew was quite excellent. The waiting staff served us fast and efficiently. We clapped a well executed folk song from the trio of wandering musicians and got a dazzling smile and best wishes for the evening. It felt rather more genuine than being told to 'Have a nice day', as I have been so often in the US.

Haute cuisine this is not. And I doubt many Ukrainian peasants would recognise much about this place. But actually I rather warmed to it. It offered exactly the sort of filling, tasty, no-nonsense alternative to the business traveller international menu on offer within the WTC. If your idea of a good night out is a pie and a pint, it's definitely worth a visit. Prices like everywhere in Moscow are a bit high if your standard is London or New York, but not extortionate by local standards.

  • Visited February 2012
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Too Expensive”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Very nice restaurant if you want to sample Ukrainian/Russian cuisine. Nice atmosphere, decent service.
The food quality is not top of the line but good. I liked Kolteti from muksun(siberian fish).
Kvas was too sweet. Definitely try vareniki s vishnyami- dumpling with tart cherries.
We paid $300 for lunch for 3 people (no alcohol)- definetely expensive.
There are more good restaurants in Moscow for better value.

  • Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Expensive for what it is”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

With all the over-the-top decorations and live animals it feels a bit like you're in a restaurant at Epcot Center. I could see this being the kind of restaurant where you'd take out of town clients or guests (hopefully with a generous per diem or expense account). It's interesting and unusual, but I doubt I'll go back.

The service was better than average for Moscow (meaning the waiter had a personality and didn't hide from us). The food was fine, but for what you pay, I would have expected a lot more. I ordered the Borsch and and order of beef liver vareniki. The Borsch was good (a little too tomato-y for my taste). The vareniki was good, too, but there were about 10 of them in the dish and I really wished that the menu had the option to mix up the fillings, because I quickly got tired of the same taste. My husband ordered the chicken Kiev which was also good, but compared to what we buy from the place downstairs, it was very similar and 3 times the price. Their brunch looked good, but at $70 a head you better come hungry!

  • Visited February 2012
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent, sophisticated traditional food”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Great food and service but pricey. Good place for borscht and the like and nice decor. But not a great value.

Visited February 2012
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Port Gentil
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Ukrainian restaurant in Moscow”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

great food round a farmyard, complete with live cows and chickens

Visited January 2012
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