Rat meat burgers floods Russian restaurant scene

Rats are invading Russian restaurants-but don’t worry, they are not on the floor, they are just on the menu.

This fall, the meat of nutria, a large, orange-toothed rodent also known as coypu or river rats, is served in the gourmet burgers. The furry animals, found in the south of Russia, are currently available in several restaurants in Moscow in dishes such as burgers and sausages, The Guardian reports.

The recently opened Krasnodar Bistro, under the guidance of chef and restaurateur Takhir Kholikberdiev, serves a sandwich the Guardian describes as a ” pale, juicy, and pretty boring, somewhere between the turkey and pork. It came in a soft bun, with a lot of sauce and served on a cutting board.”


“It really is a clean animal,” Kholikberdiev said. “Not only is it a herbivore, but it washes away all the food before you eat it. And it is very high in omega-3 fatty acids. Many doctors and dieticians recommend.”

Like many rodents, nutrias reproduce at a fast pace, making them an easy and cheap animals on the farm– and keep a constant supply.

In the 1990s, the animal was a cheap alternative for the traditional fur coats. The excess carcasses led to the consumption of animal meat, the chef said.


Kholikberdiev also says the quality of nutria makes it easier to cook and more difficult to dry in comparison with other, more traditional proteins like chicken. It is so easy, in fact, that the chef has included the animal in a series of different menu items, including a nutria dog, nutria dumplings and nutria wrapped in cabbage leaves.

But nutria displace other unconventional proteins from other eateries by the storm? Crickets, traditionally served in Mexican cuisine, more than twice the amount of protein in beef, and contains all nine essential amino acids, according to men’s Health.

Maybe they could use it as a topping for the following Nutria burger, instead.

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