Fa­mous Crimean Tatar res­tau­rant moves from Crimea to Kyiv

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - WITH OLEG SOKOLENKO OLEGSOKOLE­[email protected] Kyiv Post in­tern Oleg Sokolenko can be reached at olegsokole­[email protected]

You don’t now have to go to Crimea to visit what was one of the penin­sula’s most pop­u­lar restau­rants, as its own­ers have re­lo­cated it to Kyiv, cit­ing dis­agree­ments with Rus­sia’s oc­cu­pa­tion author­i­ties.

Musafir, mean­ing a vis­it­ing guest in Crimean Tatar, moved from Bakhchysar­ai, the unof­fi­cial Tatar cap­i­tal of Crimea, to Sak­sa­han­skhoho Street in May, just over a year af­ter Rus­sia an­nexed Ukraine’s Crimea in March 2014.

A bal­anced touch of eth­nic mo­tifs lend the in­te­rior a pleas­ant de­sign. Elab­o­rate Tatar rugs cover the sim­ple white walls, while old-look­ing cop­per lamps hang from the ceil­ing. Benches cov­ered with soft, or­na­mented pil­lows line the solid-wood ta­bles, all work­ing to­gether to make one re­lax. Quiet Is­lamic mu­sic adds to the at­mos­phere and doesn’t muf­fle con­ver­sa­tion.

When the Kyiv Post vis­ited, the crowd con­sisted mostly of mid­dle-class cou­ples and young women. Some were tap­ping on their lap­tops – Musafir has free Wi-Fi and wall out­lets near each ta­ble.

Clothed in Tatar dress, the staff is com­plaisant and brisk. Be­ware, how­ever, that an oblig­a­tory 7 per­cent gra­tu­ity charge gets added to the check.

For lunch, the Kyiv Post chose a plate of three chebu­reky, deep­fried turnovers served with veg­etable salad and two sauces (Hr 80), lag­man soup (Hr 50) and a glass of icy shar­bat (Hr 15).

The turnovers had a fine, crusty dough with juicy meat in­side – an ideal com­bi­na­tion. The lag­man was fault­less, too. As for the shar­bat, it was fresh, but not very cold to counter the swel­ter­ing heat out­side. The por­tions were large and sat­is­fy­ing. And while Musafir is cer­tainly not the cheap­est res­tau­rant in Kyiv, ev­ery dish it served up was worth the price.

Musafir is worth re­turn­ing to, if for noth­ing else than to taste their pi­laf, which online cus­tomers have praised. Another en­tice­ment for a sec­ond visit are the var­i­ous kinds of cof­fee (Hr 20 for any cup), fla­vored with ca­cao, cin­na­mon and cloves. The man­age­ment prom­ises to add shish kabobs and other grilled meals to the menu soon.

So the lo­ca­tion may not be the same, but Musafir is still striv­ing to be one of the coun­try’s best Crimean Tatar restau­rants.

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