Winter menus are put together with the Russian winter in mind, and are usually full of good solid meat and fish dishes. The winter menu at Chicago Prime has certainly been put together like this. The appetizers, such as Kamchatka Crab and Chicken Cocotte (350r), and Salmon and Scallop Ceviche with Blood Orange and Ginger sauce (450r) are designed to give you some extra vitamins to survive the winter months, as are the soups, for example: Smoked Chicken and Spinach Salad with Bacon and a Dijon Vinaigrette (390r) and Chilled Beef, Scallions with Apples, Dried Cranberry, Walnuts and Pumpkin Vinaigrette (490r).

I love Miso from my vegetarian days (before I moved to Moscow), and so I went straight to the Seafood Miso Soup with Shrimp, Mussels, salmon and Scallops (420r) in the soup section. Just thinking about soup makes my mouth water.

The main dishes are wholesome, and include Barbeque Pork Ribs with grilled Potato and Onion Rings (950r). Thanks to the new international import regulations, Chicago Prime are now able to add Kobe Tomahawk with grilled Asparagus and Sweet White Onion Rings (5550r). This is a huge chunk of meat, almost a kilogram, so large that the waiters don’t even recommend an appetizer or salads to go with it.

If you still have room for desert after one of these dishes, there are two on offer: Orange, Honey Glazed Bananas with Assorted Sorbet (390r) and Raspberry and White Chocolate Feuillet (490r). The former is lighter than the latter. Both were well presented and basically good. Enjoy the winter!


John Harrison