EUROTRIP: ARMENIAN FOOD AT NOAH’S ARK

Chris’ mum took us to this beautiful little restaurant near the Australian embassy, called Noev Kocheg (Noah’s Ark) (9 Maly Ivanovsky Pereulok, Moscow). Tucked away in the winding lanes of the Ukrainian Quarter, it’s not easy to find but well worth it. Step through the large front doors and it’s like stepping into another world… errr.. kinda like stepping back into the old days in the Bible, to me.

The interior is absolutely splendid. Hand-carved decor, luxe wall paintings, copper panels depecting subjects from the Bible, etc.. almost all the decor is imported from Armenia. The attention to detail is amazing – the halls are decorated with tuff and stones by Armenian masters and even the little fish pond at the entrance is shaped like a miniature Lake Sevan (Armenia’s famous body of water)! It’s pretty astounding to see all the opulence and rich colours when you step in.. very very unlike other restaurants we’ve been in.

Armenian cuisine is over 2,000 years old! Read more about it here. I have NEVER eaten Armenian food in my life, so was terribly eager to try it out. It is riiiight up my alley :) To me, it’s in-between Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. I was surprised that they don’t swap their dishes by cooking it with a lot of ingredients – instead it’s quite simple so the freshness and flavour of the meat really shines through.

We predominantly ordered the grilled meats, something very common in Armenia. It was so impressive! Just simple dishes – marinated meats barbecued to perfection and served with some dipping sauces. Even the bread basket (full of unusual Armenian local baked goods) was unique to me, and it tasted delicious.

My favourite was the puffed pastry dessert. I forgot the name :( It came out a large-ish serve, but was so airy it wasn’t too filling. Layers and layers of feather-light pastry and dusted with icing sugar, with a honey flavour. Again, very simple, but the flavours was subtle and beautiful, and the texture of the pastry layers was just amazing. It was an absolute delight :)

If we were back in Moscow, I’d come back to this restaurant for sure!! Well worth a visit..


The impressive Noahs Ark restaurant building

Ornate interior

Beautiful gold-laced table setting

A sort of mulled wine drink to start

A basket of assorted breads – so good!

My assorted plate of BBQ meats

Half a grilled chicken

Mushrooms stuffed with pork fat(!)

Yummy rice

Incredibly flakey, airy dessert. Ohhhhhhh how we loved this!!!

Petit fours and a giant bowl of assorted sugars (for coffee/tea)



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I’m on a diet, Beverly, and, seeing these pictures of Armenian food I realize how hungry I am; a man shouldn’t be forced to live with just boiled vegetables and fruits. Tonight I’m going to dream your “assorted plate of BBQ meats” for sure.
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I’m on a diet, Beverly, and, seeing these pictures of Armenian food I realize how hungry I am; a man shouldn’t be forced to live with just boiled vegetables and fruits. Tonight I’m going to dream your “assorted plate of BBQ meats” for sure.
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pikaluu says:

I’ve been out of touch with Livejournal for so long now that I had no clue you were expecting!!! Congrats to you and Chris!! :)

beverly says:

Aww thank you sweetie! :)

pikaluu says:

I’ve been out of touch with Livejournal for so long now that I had no clue you were expecting!!! Congrats to you and Chris!! :)

beverly says:

Aww thank you sweetie! :)

Wow, what an experience! Those meats are right up my alley as are the mushrooms. yum!

beverly says:

Heh I’m with ya! I loved the grilled meats, so simple but cooked to perfection :)

I love the decor and the simple presentation.

beverly says:

It was so luxe inside, never seen any restaurant quite like it before

LOL the giant bowl of sugar – mmm sugar. Russia sounds soooo awesome right now :D

beverly says:

it was funny… this giant bowl for a small cup of coffee :P

scramlam says:

the mushrooms stuffed with pork fat sound…..interesting :P how did you find them? heh

beverly says:

They were awesome.. without the squishy pork fat which I dug out, haha!

Wow, what an experience! Those meats are right up my alley as are the mushrooms. yum!

beverly says:

Heh I’m with ya! I loved the grilled meats, so simple but cooked to perfection :)

I love the decor and the simple presentation.

beverly says:

It was so luxe inside, never seen any restaurant quite like it before

LOL the giant bowl of sugar – mmm sugar. Russia sounds soooo awesome right now :D

beverly says:

it was funny… this giant bowl for a small cup of coffee :P

scramlam says:

the mushrooms stuffed with pork fat sound…..interesting :P how did you find them? heh

beverly says:

They were awesome.. without the squishy pork fat which I dug out, haha!