Куры Гриль / Chicken Grill
Kiosk, Проспект Вернадского, near ТЦ “Капитолий” (See Map)
Shwarma 90 Rubles, Chebureks 20-40 Rubles, Kuri Gril 180 Rubles
This colorful kiosk located right outside the Kapitolii shopping mall near the university temps thee passerby with its smells and low prices. Indeed, while the cheburek with meat may be a bit smaller than its surrounding competitors’, it is ten rubles cheaper and, after all, one should exercise portion control with such foods. I’ve grabbed something from this kiosk a few times on my way home from the supermarket in an attempt to hold me over until I got home. The shwyarma is quite good and the guys working the kiosk kind and quick. Yet my experience with their namesake, the kuri gril’, was quite different.
On the right side of the kiosk they have golden chickens roasting on rotisseries. I have often passed by and wondered what they were like. One day I decided to give it a go. I asked for a chicken, one lavashch, and a serving of veggies, all of which came out to an even 200 rubles. My order was wrapped up all together in foil and handed to me. I got home as fast as I could fearing the effects of the insulated grease.
Sure enough, when I got home and opened the foil, the veggies and lavashch were pretty soggy. But I thought, no matter, it still smelled good. I began to cut into the chicken and soon discovered that it was cooked preposterously unevenly: some parts were perfectly moist, some impossibly dry, and, much to my horror, towards the middle there were bright pink chunks of meat. Suffice it say I did my best to eat around those parts and thereafter prayed that I wouldn’t wake up on the morrow with some stomach affliction. Besides that, the flavor on the whole left something to be desired, to say nothing of the veggies that had become really nothing but grease.
If one does decide to eat at this particular kiosk, and it can be a tasty treat that goes seamlessly with a cold brew, one should probably just stick with shwarma or chebureck with the meat, cheese, or potatoes. They are at once cheap and instantly available to the hungry customer (contrary to the chicken that you have to bring home and carve up for yourself) Perhaps my experience was an isolated one, but I wouldn’t recommend tempting fate with uncooked poultry.
For groups and faculty-led tours, kiosks such as this one can be good, quick refueling points. However, you should keep in mind that there is no seating to speak of and the kiosk can only service one person at a time. So, filling 20 people through can take considerable time.