Where to eat in Moscow
Cosmopolitan in cuisine as well as culture, Moscow’s restaurants, bars and cafés offer much more than traditional pelmeni dumplings.
The menu at Ragout changes every week as Israeli chef Ilya Shalev finds new and tastier ways to please diners’ palettes with his unusual (and affordable) combination of French haute cuisine and hearty Russian dishes. Expect suave salads, shepherd’s pie and steak tartar.
Saperavi also uses new flavours to modernise Russia’s traditional Georgian cuisine and caters particularly well for vegetarians offering well-spiced dishes such as hazelnut-stuffed aubergine slices, tarragon walnut baked mushrooms and soft red ‘lobio’ beans with cabbage.
Though everything about Moscow’s White Rabbit is smart and sophisticated and Vlladimir Mukhin’s refined Russian meals are mouth-wateringly good, it’s the restaurant’s incredible 360-degree panoramic view across the city that will leave the longest lasting impression.
Bars are often at the centre of Muscovite socialising and most Moscow cocktail bars will effortlessly surpass expectations. Basement restaurant Delicatessen is a hot spot for Moscow’s elite creative and business professionals and is well worth tracking down. You won’t find yourself poring over a cocktail list, instead legendary mixologist Vyacheslav Lankin will help you decide upon your poison of choice.
Friendly staff and affordable quality make the European-style Noor Bar in Tverskaya Street Moscow’s best bar in the eyes of many. For an air of exclusivity, Chainaya offers opium den mystique, gourmet China tea, cocktails and tasty authentic snacks. Or, for rooftop romance, head for drinks at the Time Out Bar on the top two floors of the Pejing Hotel (a former KGB building) for a brunch-time Breakfast Martini, an afternoon aperitif or sunset cocktail.
Restaurant and bar details
Ragout Building 5, 16 Olimpiyskiy Prospekt. +7 495 783 04 61.
Sapervari 5 Pokrovka Ulitsa. +7 495 790 11 55.
White Rabbit 3 Smolenskaya Square. +7 495 66 33 999.
Delicatessen Building 2, 20 Sadovaya-Karetnaya Ulitsa. +7 495 699 39 52.
Noor Bar 23 Tverskaya Street. +7 903 136 76 86.
Chainaya Building 29, 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ulitsa. +7 495 967 30 52.
Time Out Bar Peking Hotel (12th and 13th floors), 5B Sadovaya Street. +7 495 229 01 80.
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