Minsk serves excellent home-style "Belarus home cooking" prepared by native chefs. The decor is minimal (elaborately stacked vodka bottles, a vodka-themed calendar on the wall), but the food is uniformly good - from the richly flavored borscht (heavily seasoned with cumin, dill and other herbs), to the spongy buckwheat crepes stuffed with minced chicken, to the garlicky potato pancakes.
There's a selection of Georgian and Moldovan wines, but the hearty Russian Baltika #3 beer might be a better match for the food. Of course there's also plenty of vodka - around twenty varieties, including unusual finds like Nemiroff Honey Pepper and Stolichnaya Chocolate and Raspberry.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.