Cooksoo – Great Korean Food in Bishkek

Cooksoo Байтик Баатыра 43 11:00-9:30 Main Courses from $3 Cooksoo has become one of my favorite restaurants in Bishkek since I arrived five weeks ago. Between the close proximity, great prices, friendly service, and quality...

Bento Wok in Moscow

Бенто Wok/Bento Wok  Адрес: Авиамоторная улица, 39 Hours: 10:00-23:00 Prices: $5+ Bentowok.ru Sushi is extremely popular in Moscow. You’ve probably noticed that everyday cafes offer a variety of sushi along with other dishes, whether Italian...

Korea House in Vladivostok

Korea House ул. Семёновская, д.76 Hours: Noon-Midnight everyday; Meals from 450 rubles ($7.50) koreahouse.su One of the greatest benefits of studying abroad is inarguably the direct insight into a foreign culture that, with but a...

Dong Dae Mun Restaurant in Vladivostok

Dong Dae Mun ул. Адмирала Фокина 3а Hours: Noon-Midnight; Meals from $7 (400r)  It was my first International Women’s Day (Международный женский день) and my university “groupmates” (одногруппницы) and I decided to celebrate the holiday...

Hanuri Restaurant in Vladivostok

Hanuri Restaurant / Ханури ресторан ул. Батерейная 3а Hours; 12-Midnight everyday; meals from 450 rur ($7) VL.ru/hanuri With two weeks of the spring semester already behind us, both second semester students and the newly arrived...

Lapshin-San in Vladivostok

Lapshin-San/Лапшин-Сан Ул. Адмирала Фокина, 23 б Hours: 10am-Midnight everyday Meals from 375 rubles It is said that all good things must come to end. Accordingly, I was beginning to wonder when my streak of rather...

Kim Gan San Restaurant in Vladivostok

Kim Gan San Restaurant/Кым ган сан ресторан ул. Крылова 10 Hours: Noon-Midnight everyday; meals from $10  In the handful of weeks separating my decision to spend some time abroad after graduation and my eventually selecting...

Chan-Li in Vladivostok

Chan-Li/Чан-Ли Океанский проспект 10Б Hours: 10am-10pm everyday; Meals from 500 rubles 11am-4am buffet for 150 rubles Chan-li.ru My roommate burst into our ever-cozier two bed bungalow more excited than I’ve likely ever seen him. After...

Tottori Sushi in Vladivostok

Tottori Sushi 35 Gogolya St. $9-$18 Largest portions of sushi Close location to VSUES I’m surprised that Tottori has not been written about before. Tottori is one of the closest “fancy” sit-down restaurants (not fast...

Wasabi Japanese Kitchen in Vladivostok

Wasabi Japanese Kitchen & Cafe Семеновская ул., 30 / Semenovskaya St, 30 Hours of Operation: 10-23 Price: $5-$15 Free Wifi Going to Wasabi was my first big adventure! While I’m fairly weak in Russian speaking,...

Sushi in Bishkek

Furusato Japanese Dining Kitchen Address: Bokunbaev St (btwn Logvinenko & Razzakov) Hours: Weekdays 11:30am-10pm, Saturday 5pm-10pm, Sunday Closed If there’s one thing most in Bishkek can agree on, it’s that restaurant service here sucks. There...

Pirogovaya M. V. Rogova – Pies Near MGU in Moscow

 Pirogovaya M. V. Rogova/Пироговая М.В.Рогова г. Москва, пр-т Вернадского, д. 9/10. м. «Университет» (выход из центра зала) Тел.: 8(495)782-70-12, 8(499)131-87-72. Hours of Operation (Seven days a week): 11:00 – 22:00   Meals from $8 www.pirogovaya.ru After class...

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv Оболоньский просол, 1А Киев Located between Minska and Obolon metro stations Dreamtown is where American mall meets Disney world – in Kyiv, Ukraine. From shopping to delicious food to...

Cafe Prego in Kyiv

Café Prego улиться Большая Васильковская, 56 (Chervonoarmiis’ka Street, 56), Kyiv 10:00 to 23:00 Meals from $9 http://www.prego.in.ua/ru/ Eating “foreign” food in a foreign city may not offer the most authentic local dining option, but the...

Seven of Bishkek’s Best Dungan Eateries

One of the best parts of living in Bishkek is its cuisine. With over 80 ethnicities represented in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek offers a smorgasbord when it comes to answering the question, “What’s for dinner?” This week...

Khan Guk Kvan in Vladivostok

 Khan Guk Kvan/Хангуккван Пр-т. Красного Знамени, д. 45 12 pm – 12 am Daily Meals from $8.50 My first April entry is dedicated to that wise old adage: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”...

Dalyan in Vladivostok

Dalyan/Дальянь  Ул. Фокина, д. 12 Regular Hours: 12 pm – 1 am daily Business Lunch: 12 pm  – 4 pm Mon-Fri Meals from $8.33 After a winter holiday hiatus, I am back with some new...

Bar Acabama in Irkutsk

Bar Acabama / Бар Акабама Ул. Чехова 2 18:00 – 6:00 It’s no secret that a lot of Russians like all things tacky, flashy, and over-the-top, yet for anyone who has not yet been convinced...

Birthday Parties in Vladivostok

The Golden Century/Золотой Век (or anywhere there are banquets!) Ул. Кирова, д. 60 10 am – 12 am Daily Free (paid for by celebrant)! Besides the New Year, Victory Day and perhaps the 8th of...

Cafe Eliss in Vladivostok

Cafe Eliss/Закусочная Элисс Ул. Мордовцева, д. 3 11 am – 12 pm Daily Meals from $6  As may have been apparent throughout my last few posts, I believe that “Cheap Eats” should not only be...

China Town in Vladivostok

China Town/Чайна-Таун Ул. Крылова, д. 10 Hours: 12 pm – 1 am Meals from $7  Once again in the interests of staying “close to home,” I chose go to a restaurant that is basically across...

Sushi-T in Vladivostok

Sushi-T/Суши-Т Ул. Некрасовская, д. 100 / www.sushi-t.ru Hours: Sun-Thurs 10 am – 11 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am – 12 am Meals from $7  So the very purpose of my reporting to you, the interested, on...

Grilletta Chinese Cafe in Vladivostok

Грильетта / Grilletta Ул. Светланская, 17 / 17 Svetlanskaya Street Hours of Operation:  Daily – 11:00 am – 12:00 am Meals from $8 (Business lunch specials from $3) Grilletta is a little Chinese café located...

Cafe Chinese Kitchen in Irkutsk

Сafe Chinese Kitchen / Кафе китайская кухня ул. Киевская, 27 Open from 10am to midnight Meals from $7.50 While it doesn’t have the most exciting name, Chinese Kitchen, located in central Irkutsk, is a hard-to-miss...

Harbin Chinese Restaurant in Vladivostok

Харбин / Harbin ул. Алеутская, 45а Hours of Operation: Daily from 12:00 pm – 1:00 am Meals from $8 (Lunch specials from $2) Despite my Russian friends trying to dissuade me from eating at one...

Qiuzi Chinese Cafe in Irkutsk

Qiuzi (秋子) / Цюцы Shanghai City mall, top floor ТЦ Шанхай Сити, верхний этаж ул Байкальская, 8 Meals from $6  A friend of mine brought me to Qiuzi on a whim, while we were looking for something...

Sushi Studio in Irkutsk

Sushi Studio ул. Карла Маркса, 18 Open from 10am to midnight, every day Meals from $9 Sushi Studio is one of Irkutsk’s (and Russia’s!) many sushi cafes. It is located not far from the Irkutsk...

Tochka Sushi in Vladivostok

Точка Суши  / Tochka Sushi  ул. Светланская, 4  Hours of Operation: Daily from 10:00 am – 12:00 am Price: $8-$12, Business Lunch for ~$8 Being from central Illinois, I don’t eat a whole lot of...

Cafe Jeans in Irkutsk

Кафе “Джинс” / Cafe Jeans ул. Байкальская, 107а (кинотеатр “Баргузин”, 2 этаж)   Open 12 pm to 12 am Meals from $7-10 Cafe Jeans is located on the second floor of the movie theater Barguzin on...

East Buffet: Moscow Does Chinese

Ист Буфет / East Buffet Новослободская ул., 16 м. Менделеевская (See Map) Monstrous Meals for ~$9; Red Plate Special (recommended) ~$10.50 As it turns out, paradise does indeed exist on earth. And as a matter...