Kosher Pirate opens in Moscow

Kosher Pirate opens in Moscow

A kosher sushi restaurant has opened in Moscow.

Kosher Pirate is next to the Kosher Gourmet supermarket in northern Moscow. It’s halfway between the Marina Roscha Synagogue and the nearby Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

Kosher Pirate offers more than 100 kinds of sushi rolls, including shakshuka fusion, which melds Japanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. Another specialty is sushi with a caviar imitation, combining traditional Russian and Japanese foods.

Sushi arguably is the favorite fast food of Russians who can afford it; hundreds if not thousands of restaurants sell the rice-based rolls in Moscow alone. Accordingly, many of the country’s dozens of kosher restaurants have been offering sushi for years, including L’Chaim in St. Petersburg and Jaffa in Moscow.

But a kosher Japanese restaurant serving very little other than sushi is a new development in Moscow — and possibly in all of Russia.

Kosher Pirate also offers four non-Japanese dishes: pizza, Solyanka soup, Caesar salad, and Uzbekistani dumplings.

Many of its sushi items are named after Israeli places, including cities with many Russian-speaking immigrants, such as Ashdod, Kiryat Yam, Netanya, Eilat, and Haifa.

At Kosher Pirate, a half-pound tuna-avocado roll costs under $4.50. The restaurant delivers in the Moscow area. Kosher supervision is under the Kosher Russia label overseen by Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar.

JTA Wire Service

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