Strictness is the way of things at the Avocado Restaurant chain. No eggs, no cream, no dairy products, and a special menu for those on a raw food diet. They do, however, serve alcohol.
The menu includes a warm salad of falafels with apple; a spinach, mango and avocado salad; Moroccan soup with croutons; vegetable chowder; roasted broccoli; fusilli with spirulina; hummus and tofu grilled wraps; stewed pumpkin with apples in honey and other veggie delights. Although small, the menu is seasonal, changing regularly to reflect the availability of specific fruit and vegetables at the markets. The ingredients are always wonderfully fresh and delicious.
- Ulitsa Tverskaya, 5/6
- st. Okhotny Riad
- 1,500 rub.
- 7 (495) 629 28 02
Sok is one of Moscow's few vegetarian eateries with no yogic or esoteric focus. Situated just opposite the State Tretyakov Gallery, it is a real godsend for the capital's many tourists who prefer a meat-free diet.
Catering for raw food diets, vegans and vegetarians alike, the menu has something for everyone. The raw food borscht looks and tastes surprisingly like its traditional counterpart, and the dough used in the mushroom dumplings is perhaps even tastier than that from the meat-eaters' version. As for the flavoursome fried potatoes with chanterelles, well, they are simply perfect.
Also on offer are biscotti with dill oil and spices, hummus with quality chutney, and a vegetarian version of Russia's classic Olivier salad. The vegan rolls with fried mushrooms, and wakame seaweed are also a resounding success.
- Pereulok Lavrushinsky, 15, building 1
- st. Tretyakovskaya
- 700 rub.
- 7 (495) 953 79 63
The mainstay of Moscow's vegetarian community, Jagannath is a reasonably-priced café chain catering for vegans and vegetarians. Despite the low prices, the menu is always broad and diverse, offering dishes from fried tofu and rice balls with cherry to lentil kotlety patties, soya sausages, a wide range of soups from curry to vegetable chowder, vegetable paella and excellent fried rice dishes, in which the rice is more than just a modest side dish.
Visitors can dine at Jagannath, or take their chosen dishes home: the chain offers a wide array of take-away dishes. The lunches are a great option, too: even at weekends, a filling lunch will cost visitors just 200 rubles.
A rare eatery chain for Moscow, which caters for all types of vegetarian diet, with everything on the menu suitable even for the strictest of vegans. The favourites here are tofu (try the grilled tofu steaks like the Powerhouse), legumes, hummus, sweet potato, nuts and quinoa. There is also an abundance of fresh herbs and green vegetables – in the salads, grilled and in the rolls.
Fresh is also a great place for those who are not yet ready to give up meat fulltime. They offer one-, three- and five-day Smooth Juicing detox menus, individually tailored to the needs of each visitor. Taking account of guests' busy city lives, the staff will recommend combinations of specific fruit and vegetable juices. Fresh is particularly proud of its drinks menu that features good two dozens smoothies alone.
- Ulitsa Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 11
- st. Teatralnaya, Chekhovskaya
- 1,500 rub.
- 7 (965) 278 90 89
In charge of Obraz Zhizni is the passionate and dedicated Israeli chef Oleg Waldman, so the vegetarian dishes on the menu recall the cooking of Tel Aviv.
Try the enormous and extremely filling shakshuka omelette for breakfast, or order some hummus and falafels, the sabikh pita bread with egg and vegetables, hatsilim baked aubergine with tahini, the labneh cheese with roasted peppers, or the tabbouleh salad. It is all good.
For those who cannot imagine life without meat, there is a separate menu, with many favourites of French cuisine such as chicken liver pâté, rabbit mousse, confit de canard, filet mignon and tarte Tatin. The wine list accompanying this menu includes an unexpected choice of French wines, but you might prefer to be a bit more adventurous and order a rare Israeli bottle, instead.
- Ulitsa Prechistenka, 40/2, building 2
- st. Park Kultury
- 1,500 rub.
- 7 (499) 246 20 29, 7 (926) 902 31 58
This Russian-themed restaurant serves reinvented national cuisine with elements of molecular gastronomy. Among the most memorable dishes is the vinaigrette salad, with a light beetroot and pickled cucumber foam sauce. Besides lovers of Russian cuisine, this is a great place for vegetarians, also. Try the Jerusalem artichoke soup with or without smoked salmon, or one of the dozen or so types of pelmeni dumplings, a good half of which are vegetarian. The café also boasts a huge array of pickles – barrel-pickled cucumbers, tomatoes and cabbage, as well as ginger and herbal teas. Overseeing the show is French chef Nicolas Courtois. A great way to sample all his impressive dishes at once is to go for the Sunday brunch.
- Ulitsa Tverskaya, 3
- st. Okhotny Riad
- 2,500 rub.
- 7 (495) 225 88 88