This is the best place to come after a play in the Bolshoi Theatre. In an aristocratic hall with marble pillars for dinner you can get salad of roasted eggplant and young brynza cheese, vegetable caviar with toast, Vinaigrette salad with veal tongue, herring "pod shuboi" made in Russian traditions, beef jelly, aspic dishes, pickled mushrooms, pelmeni (Russian dumplings), buckwheat with forest mushrooms, smoked sterlet fish. In other words, eternal classics.
It is also worth to try the 5 o'clock tea ceremony there. Although the 5 o'clock tea is an English tradition, but the tea in Bolshoi is Russian, from a samovar, served with quark-filled pastry (vatrushki), pirozhki with apple filling (baked stuffed buns), eclairs, tarts and donuts. If this is not enough for you, you may try a truly "theatrical" dessert Anna Pavlova, Ptichye moloko (Bird's milk) pasty or a small dessert made of season's berries.
- Ulitsa Petrovka, 3/6, building 2
- st. Teatralnaya
- 3,500 rub.
- 7 (495) 789 86 52
Oblomov is a leisurely restaurant, the same as Ivan Goncharov's novel. There you can easily spend time in inertia: an old mansion, iron bound coffers, dull wallpapers, antique lamp-shades, carved buffets, and Franklin stoves with ceramic tiles.
The dishes in the menu are the same – they aggregate sweet laziness: homemade pickles, appetizers from cured pork fat (salo) and homemade baked ham, beloribitsa, veal jelly, ukha (Russian fish soup) with sterlet, vareniki (dumplings) with cherries, lamb shoulder and even bear stew with cranberries and mushrooms.
Everything is cooked following old traditional recipes, that is why it is not unusual if you find in the menu homemade Olivier salad with duck meat from Oblomov's cooking book. During the summer months porridge and soups are prepared in chauldrons on the porch. For those who are stuffed after the dinner there are low couches – you can try and get some sleep there.
- Pereulok Pervy Monetchikovsky, 5, building 1
- st. Paveletskaya, Dobrininskaya
- 2,500 rub.
- 7 (495) 953 68 28
The restaurant is especially proud of its breakfasts. There are more than two dozen egg-based dishes: poached eggs and eggs benedict, sunny side up eggs, omelets, egg flips with spinach, Tambov ham and sausages as a sides. The main menu, however, is not less impressive: there are more than ten types of caviar (from fish to aubergine caviar). You can try shchi soup with beef tails, besides, as in good old times, you can order along with the soup a rissoles, coulibiacs, rasstegai or onion pie with veal cheeks.
The interior, where all these wonders of Russian cuisine are served, is also imposing: red armchairs, pioneer statues from Gorky Park with red ribbons, and a big panel painting with Palekh miniatures.
- Ulitsa Mokhovaya, 15/1
- st. Okhotny Riad
- 2,000 rub.
- 7 (499) 922 01 00
The central hall of the elegant Metropol hotel is built in line with the best imperial traditions – a transparent lace roof, a marble fountain, lamps used in the decoration are just the same as those, which were on the streets during Pushkin times. There is a lot of clear crystal and stiffly starched handkerchiefs. The famous singer Chaliapin performed there, Vladimir Lenin delivered passionate speeches, Michael Jackson played the piano. Now in the golden decorations breakfasts are being served.In the menu you can find the eternal Russian classics: pancakes with salmon and caviar, porridge, syrniki (cheese cakes), eggs in different variations and always fresh berries. As an accompaniment to the food you have a real harp playing.
- Proyezd Teatralny, 2
- st. Teatralnaya
- 2,500 rub.
- 7 (499) 270 10 61
A nostalgic place, restaurant club, which in different ways fosters the Soviet and Russian past. In the menu you can find shish kebabs with potatoes and mushrooms under the name "I remember a wonderful moment," chicken Kiev with fresh cabbage salad "Optimistic tragedy," chicken tabaka "Devoted to VLKSM," turkey meat balls "Try that, brother," mutton Luleh kebab with fresh vegetables "Destiny of a drummer."
For breakfast (apparently for those, who wake up at noon) there is a program "For our happy childhood": kefir, semolina and buckwheat porridge with milk. Separately in the menu you can find the section "Bakery" with classical pastries such as Kiev, Napoleon, Brandied Cherries, which are available for take away in a nice box.
While you are waiting for your order you may play chess, checks, backgammon or even the forgotten 15-puzzle. You can also order your own portrait: the restaurant belongs to the artist Andrey Bilzho, and he is available for orders.
- Ulitsa Myasnitskaya, 24, building 3
- st. Chistye Prudy, Turgenevskaya
- 1,100 rub.
- 7 (495) 623 00 82
LavkaLavka is a chain farm cooperative founded by the entrepreneur Boris Akimov. At first, he started a shop with farm products, then he created a restaurant. The food there is prepared from seasons products, which are grown by the carrying farmers' hands. The ingredients are collected from all over Russia.
LavkaLavka has a restaurant, a shop and a market. The restaurant does “new Russian food”: foie gras profiteroles, Kamchatka crab and cream cheese salads, farmer’s cheese platters, homemade pelmeni with wild boar meat, homemade buckwheat vareniki, quail, pearl barley with duck giblets, scra.m.led eggs with whitefish caviar, kulebyaka pie of buckwheat crepes with Chinook salmon. They’ll tell you all about every ingredient: where it comes from and how the people live who grew it. The shop and the market feature the same farm produce: meat, vegetables, cheeses, homemade pastas, homemade chocolate, milk and sour milk products, dry foods and even handmade toiletries. Lavka is often resented for its high prices and exorbitant mark-ups, but one has to admit that some of the produce they offer cannot be found anywhere else.
- Ulitsa Petrovka, 21, building 2
- st. Trubnaya, Chekhovskaya
- 1,100 rub.
- 7 (495) 621 20 36, 7 (903) 115 50 33
The main restaurant of Russian cuisine in Moscow represents a whole culinary theatre. The waiters wear mandilions and address the clients saying "sudar" ("sir") and "sudarinya" ("madam"), they carry around traditional Russian dishes: stuffed pike fish, jellied pike perch, vinaigrette salad, pancakes with caviar, homemade pickles, cabbage soup shchi, brain bones, kulebyakas (pies with meat and fish), as well as rasstegai (small pies). Visitors especially like Russian dumplings pelmeni, which are served in pots and come with a glass of vodka.
Although the café has a separate section "Breakfasts," which includes healthy ryazhenka (fermented milk), pancakes and porridges, tired of life businessmen come there and often stay till dawn.
- Bulvar Tverskoy, 26A
- st. Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya
- 2,500 rub.
- 7 (495) 739 00 33