Russian cuisine offers an incredible amount of diversity and a common misconception is that much of the food eaten is calorie ridden and not that fresh. In reality, Russian food is very fresh and often healthy, with very little processed food eaten. In terms of dining out, Russians do fine dining extremely well and the architecture of Moscow lends to this. So elegant and exquisite are the buildings in which restaurants are housed, it seems only fitting that the food be exquisite too.
Moscow’s food scene is emerging and by grasping onto its traditional recipes and twisting them to bring modern flavour, the city offers a food experience like no other city in the world. Packed with interesting ingredients and loaded with local produce, food really is a delight in Moscow. Especially when washed down with a chilled vodka and enjoyed in one of these beautiful restaurants...
1. Cafe Pushkin
A legendary restaurant from Maison Dellos, Cafe Pushkin serves the historic fare of the Russian nobility. Opened on Tverskoy Boulevard in 1999, it’s a recreation of an aristocratic mansion atmosphere and was inspired by legendary French chansonnier Gilbert Becaud’s song “Natalie”.
Resident Head Chef of Cafe Pushkin is Andrei Makhov, who masterfully presents dishes that reflect the times when both French and Russian cuisines were the norm. He takes traditional historic recipes and adapts them for modern times and works tirelessly to experiment and research with the ideas and customs of Pushkin’s times. Nothing but the best would do for the famous dancing master Jogel and this is an attitude that Makhov reflects.
Cafe Pushkin is open 24 hours a day and no matter what time you visit you’ll be warmly greeted by staff in a beautiful pre-Sovietised Russian/English. Must try’s are the Russian pancakes with black caviar, borscht and pelmeni dumplings, as well as the famous Tsar’s Sturgeon. Make sure you leave room for dessert too, as their desserts are legendary.
Savva offers the best samples of “new Russian cuisine”, which combines domestic gastronomic
traditions with the principles of Nordic cuisine. Located on the first floor of the Metropol Hotel, it's in close proximity to Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre. In fact, it owes its name to Savva Mamontov, well known as the manufacturer and patron of arts.
Savva offers two menus, one for daytime that is generally affordable but well thought out, and an evening menu that’s gastronomic and full of chef specialities. It’s set within an original coffee house decorated by the famous designer, Ignatiy Nevinsky, and houses an impressive collection of marble columns and wall and ceiling paintings. The restaurant’s main entrance today leads onto Teatralnaya Square and no longer just a hotel facility, Savva is now one of Russia’s trendiest restaurants.
Savva depicts a respectable mix of history and modernity both in style and food. Estonian born chef, Andrey Shmakov, has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world, including Noma in Copenhagen and Chez Dominique in Helsinki. The menu is small and simple, but beautifully refined and elegant.
CDL is one of the city’s best dining establishments for sampling authentic Russian cuisine. Set inside an elegant mansion in a spectacular dining room, CDL served as the headquarters for Moscow’s Freemasons and was a meeting place for members of the Soviet Writer’s Union. Crystal chandeliers, rich wood panelling, fireplaces, and antique balustrades provide a lavish setting for traditional dishes like ukha (fish soup), cabbage patty, stewed wild boar and duck with plum compote. Those wanting to leave the decision to the chef can enjoy a set menu with dishes such as guineafowl pate, baked cabbage soup with smoked duck, perch, beef cheeks and rye bread ice cream. Add to this, a wonderful wine list, and this majestic mansion is a must try.
Bolshoi is a unique project that combines absolute innovation with an exclusive collection of modern art painters and sculptors. The spacious halls are filled with luxury furniture made by Ralph Lauren and adhere simple elegancy and detailed naturalness. The Big Hall is filled with ivory shades for a softer, more intimate feel that offers instant relaxation.
The food at Bolshoi is distinguished by the principle of haute cuisine and is complemented with excellent service and a sophisticated wine list. Between 3pm and 7pm diners can take pleasure in the atmosphere with the popular 5th O’Clock tea drinking, which includes an array of magnificent desserts that look almost too good to eat. Come the evening, the halls fill with the sounds of live music with pianist, Sergey Belov, playing modern improvisations of saloon jazz.
Bolshoi is in every sense of the word an experience and is one that every visitor to Moscow should enjoy.
The brand chef of La Bottega Siciliana is Nino Graziano, chef of Semifreddo Mulinazzo. In charge of the kitchen for more than a decade, he has personally selected and trained three chefs responsible for the much loved food at La Bottega Siciliana.The restaurant itself is a pizzeria, confectionery and homemade ice cream shop which sits 400 metres from the Red Square facing
The brand chef of La Bottega Siciliana is Nino Graziano, chef of Semifreddo Mulinazzo. In charge of the kitchen for more than a decade, he has personally selected and trained three chefs responsible for the much loved food at La Bottega Siciliana.The restaurant itself is a pizzeria, confectionery and homemade ice cream shop which sits 400 metres from the Red Square facing nd you won’t be disappointed. And to get there, choose Luxaviation today for an easy trip in style.