A taste of Russian spread through the week
The Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel is hosting the Russian Week with a special guest Chef Alexey Belikov from international restaurant group Novikov.
A range of culinary events have been planned as part of the week that will showcase Russian cuisine in an interesting way. The events that started on Tuesday will go on till January 12.
On Friday, the hotel will host an unmissable Friday brunch with a distinctively Russian twist amongst the usual spread. To top it off, guests can also join Chef Belikov on Saturday for a very special cooking class, as they learn how to prepare his signature creations.
“There will be three exclusive dinners, a cooking class with my team and myself and an unmissable Friday brunch at the Beach Pavilion Beach Bar and Grill where we will be showcasing modern Russian cuisine, alongside the usual delicious spread. I am definitely most excited about the cooking class taking place on Saturday where guests will learn how to prepare some of my signature dishes.”
A perfectionist who always looks for ways to improve, Chef Belikov said, “I always like to innovate and try new dishes I haven’t done in the past. But one thing I can’t imagine is cooking without spices. I just love the heady aromas and the different memories and sensations they evoke. Knowing how to use spices correctly is a refined skill and it’s something that can really make or break a dish.”
Eric Meloche, director of Food & Beverage and Culinary at Al Bustan Palace hotel, said the idea of the conducting such an event is to give the visitors a slice of Russia. “We’re excited to be bringing Chef Belikov to our resort, who will be transporting us to Moscow. It is definitely an unmissable opportunity for those who already love Russian cuisine, and those who are just curious.”
As for Chef Belikov, besides Russian cuisine, he is also interested in French cuisine. “I am interested in French cuisine, and particularly the sauces. It is one of the most revered cuisines in the world, having been popularised by royalty and aristocracy. Its simple, which actually makes it even harder to perfect.”
The renowned chef believes there is a culinary link between Moscow and Oman, “Both our countries work a lot with seafood and fish products. I am excited to learn even more about how Oman uses its seafood products while I am here and incorporate it in my dishes.”
Visitors can cook with renowned chef Alexey Belikov on Saturday