Welcome to «Kuchmeіster» restaurant!
In the very center of Minsk, at the Karl Marx street (former Podgornaya), near the House of Officers, the symbol of Minsk constructivism style, "Kuchmeіster" restaurant is located since 2011. This German word meaning "master of kitchen" – was used in the times of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to denote chefs. These chefs, commanding the royal and princely kitchens, were first invited from Italy and France, but gradually were replaced by their local colleagues. We call ourselves a restaurant of Belarusian and Slavic Lithuanian cuisines. “Belarusian” is usually referred to peasant cuisine, mostly that of Eastern Belarus, with a predominance of potato, pork, mushrooms.
Slavic Lithuanian is the cuisine of the gentry, townsfolk, clergy of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania, typical rather for the north-west of Belarus, for the once-glorious area between the two ancient capitals - Vilnius and Novogrudok. However, there is no sharp border between these two cuisines. They always were influencing each other. For example, the age-old Orthodox Christmas dish - Kutia - became a cult dish for Catholics of Lithuania and Belarus, too. While Lithuanian gentry’s wereszczaka, kumpiak, kindziuk became a part of the traditional Orthodox Belarusian menu. This mutual penetration continues to this day: it may be said that "Kuchmeіster" restaurant is located in its very center.
We strive to be open to all culinary traditions of the Grand Duchy, not excluding notable minorities who left a bright trace in our history - the Jews and Tartars. Here you can try traditional Tartar lamb kalduny and famous syrnik - curd dessert, brought by local Jews to America and became known there as "cheesecake". And, of course, Wereszczaka - thick meat gravy with slices of homemade sausages and pancakes, and "vantrabyanka" - delicious sausage from veal liver and buckwheat. You are welcome to drink Belarusian/ Lithuanian gentry kvas and sharp peasant aperitif - khrenovukha. Explore the geography of Belarus, by tasting "Ruzhansy" beef medallions in the style of Princes Sapieha, Slutsk-style spicy pancake rolls and Vileyka-style kalduny.
And, of course, many other Belarusian and Lithuanian celebrated delicacies. We also made sure that the music and visual atmosphere of our restaurant match our menu, so that you not just have a good food here, but also get some impression of the history and culture of our country which was for centuries located at the junction of two civilizations, and still remained a hospitable home for many religions and cultures.
So, being “armed” with a knife and fork, please go on an exciting journey through time and space, around Belarus and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, from the gentry manor to the peasant hut, from the Tatar camp yurt to the Jewish tavern! Our friendly and discreet staff will be happy to be your amiable guide.
Смачна есці – Bon Appétit !