Rat meat burgers flooding Russian restaurant scene


Rats are invading Russian restaurants– but don’t fear, they’re not on the storey, they’re simply on the menu.

This fall, the meat from nutria, a large, orange-toothed rodent also known as coypu or river rats, is being served up in gourmet burgers. The furry brutes, found in southern Russia, are currently available at several restaurants in Moscow in bowls like burgers and sausages, The Guardian reports.

The lately opened Krasnodar Bistro, headed by chef and restaurateur Takhir Kholikberdiev, is serving up a sandwich the Guardian describes as “pale, juicy and reasonably bland, somewhere between turkey and pork. It came in a soft bun, with plenty of relish and served on a chopping board.”


Its a really clean animal, Kholikberdiev told. Not simply is it a herbivore but it washes all its food before it eats. And its the highest in omega-3 acids. A lot of doctors and dietitians recommend it.

Like many rodents, nutrias reproduce at a fast rate, constructing them an easy and cheap animal to farm– and keep up a steady furnish.

In the 1990 s, the animal was applied a cheap substitute for traditional coat coatings. The excess carcasses led to the intake of the animal’s meat, the chef said.


Kholikberdiev also says a better quality of nutria stimulates it easier to cook and more difficult to dry out is comparable to other, traditionally bred proteins like chicken. Its so simple, in fact, that the chef has incorporated the animal into a series of different menu items including a nutria hotdog, nutria dumplings and nutria wrapped in lettuce leaves.

But will nutria unseat other unconventional proteins taking other eateries by storm? Crickets, traditionally had participated in Mexican bowls, offer more than twice the protein in beef and contain all nine essential amino acids, according to Mens Health.

Maybe they could be using as a topping for the next Nutria burger, instead.

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