Mixing pre-revolutionary aesthetics with a hint of steampunk, this restaurant will make you feel like you’ve stepped back 100 years in time. In fact, it mimics some of Moscow’s great restaurants from the turn of the century — in style as well as in its menu. If you feel like sampling some of the local cuisine, here you can dine like Tolstoy’s heroes on caviar and blinis, beef stroganoff, and borshch, as well as a number of creative meat and fish dishes, all inspired by classic Russian recipes. Can’t go wrong with that!
Kutuzovsky Prospekt, 2/1 str. 6 matryoshka-rest.ru
Atransplant to Moscow from Novosibirsk, SibirSibir specializes in Siberian cuisine both traditional and contemporary. To build the menu, the restaurant delved into the culinary archives and the depths of the Siberian taiga, discovering hundred-year-old methods of cooking that had been forgotten. The ingredients are just as unusual, even sending Russians to their smartphones to Google muksun, capercaillie, and agaric. Don’t miss the wide selection of infused vodkas. This is Russian food that’s far off beaten track, you certainly won’t get it anywhere else.
Ulitsa Smolenskaya, 8 sibirsibir.ru
Dining in the Heart of Moscow
The picturesque view over the Moscow River, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral inspired the best Russian artists more than 100 years ago. Today, throughout the summer, Café Kranzler offers guests the chance to enjoy the famous panorama en plein air. To whet the appetite, the menu offers watermelon salad with soft cheese and lemon dressing, rocket salad with quinoa and tiger shrimps, oysters, a caviar assortment, and organic vegetable salad. Guests who are looking for a wholesome main course will love the crab risotto, home-made pizza from the oven, sea bass fillet and grilled dishes. For a hot summer day, the recommended highlights would be tartars from the chef’s selection, and the café’s famous cold cucumber soup with crab meat. The signature dish of the hotel’s executive chef Maxim Maksakov is vareniki (dumplings) with suluguni cheese. To complete the treat, guests can enjoy refreshing fruit drinks, summer cocktails, various kinds of beer, wines and iced teas, along with delicate desserts.
Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow
Ulitsa Balchug, 1 kempinski.com/moscow
Restaurant Uhvat of Modern Russian Cuisine With Russian Stoves
After carefully studying the features and peculiarities of cooking on a village stove, this restaurant has revived the Russian culinary tradition in a very modern way. Stoves were once used in every Russian house, but now they are rarely used. There are many Russians who will have happy memories of the taste of milk heated on the stove, using special pots and sticks, which their grandmother skillfully managed. Uhvat (a wooden stick with a large metal fork) is the main tool they use at Uhvat when working with the oven, hence the name of the restaurant. The heart of the restaurant is three Russian stoves in the middle of the hall. But not all dishes are simple and traditionally Russian. Chefs also prepare modern dishes like pumpkin with dried goose, fondant with ice cream, syrnitsa and varenitsa with plums. The wine list is a matter of pride that was created by the famous Russian sommelier Mikhail Volkov.
Rochdelskaya Ulitsa 15, str 41 uhvat.moscow