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Moscow

Moscow has restaurants that will suit any taste, wallet and mood. Renowned chefs from around the world come here, but local ones hold the fort as well. Anyone who has traveled from far away will find the dishes of their national cuisine in the Russian capital. Not to mention you can find Russian cuisine everywhere.

Where to eat

Moscow’s Syrovarnya Restaurant
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Syrovarnya

Location: 2 Bersenevsky Pereulok, bldg. 1, Moscow 

Average bill:  PPPP

Cuisine: Italian/European

Tel.: +7 (495) 727-38-80

Open: Monday-Thursday, Sunday noon-midnight, Friday-Saturday noon-2 am

The restaurant Syrovarnya (Creamery) opened not long ago, but has quickly gained popularity thanks largely to its fresh-made cheese. Eight varieties are available. Customers can watch the cheese-making process through a special glass partition. Milk is supplied by Russian farmers and rennet is imported from Italy. All the staff completed apprenticeships with Italian cheese makers.

The restaurant offers home-style cuisine: simple, tasty, healthy, sustainable food. The burrata dishes are the most popular: for example, focaccia with tomatoes and basil, baked in a wood-fired oven. One of the novelties of the spring-summer season is the ricotta salad with spinach and raspberry. Fish and meat dishes, including grilled steaks, and desserts are also served.

Italians who live or work in Russia frequent Syrovarnya and praise it for its premium cheese. Foreigners will find it easy to order as the menu is both in Russian and English.

By the way, if you want to watch World Cup matches, ask to be seated in the summer terrace where TV screens will be set up specially.

Moscow’s Voronezh Restaurant
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Voronezh

Location: 4 Prechistenka Street, Moscow

Average bill: PPPP

Cuisine: American/Mexican, Italian/European

Tel.: +7 (495) 695-06-41, +7 (495) 695-06-43

Open: daily 8 am-midnight

The “meat mansion on Prechistenka” – that’s how the Voronezh restaurant is proudly called by its owners. And it is absolutely true. Voronezh occupies four levels of a vintage manor house: each level is decorated in a different style. The establishment serves premium marbled beef of the elite Aberdeen-Angus breed raised on a sustainable farm in the Voronezh region and individually selected by the restaurant’s specialists.

The ground floor area is a “snack bar” offering “premium fast food”: quick and reasonably priced burgers, sandwiches and pastrami from marbled beef, fish dishes and desserts. Just one look at the juicy pastrami sandwich is enough to make your mouth water. The brisket is first marinated in special brine for eight days and then smoked for twelve hours in chipped cherry wood. It comes on rye bread with honey-mustard dressing and thinly sliced pickles.

The restaurant has its own butcher shop selling beef tenderloin, steaks, home-style sausages, shashlik and even poultry for cooking at home. The shop is on the ground floor.

The three upper floors are occupied by the restaurant proper. Steaks reign supreme here: around 30 varieties to choose from. The ribeye steak – the juiciest, thickest, most satiating and “most marbled” cut of all – is especially popular.

Traditional Russian dishes are also available as, for example, borsch and Olivier salad. Try the ukha (fish soup) with home-distilled vodka. Ingredients include four types of northern fish (salmon, cod, sturgeon and muksun), celery root, onions, carrots, potatoes…and a small glass of vodka.     

“Pushkin” Russian Cuisine Restaurant’s interior
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Pushkin Café

Location: 26A Tverskoy Boulevard, Moscow

Average bill: PPPP

Cuisine: Italian/European

Tel.: +7 (495) 739-00-33

Open: 24/7

More than half a century ago, Gilbert Becaud, a renowned French singer-songwriter, was in Moscow on a concert tour. Back in France, he composed one of his best-known songs, Nathalie, dedicated to his Russian guide. “She is marching ahead of me through Red Square, she is speaking written words about Lenin and the revolution, and I am thinking of how nice it would be to take her to Pushkin Café. We would drink hot chocolate and talk about something else …”

The song became so popular in France that many tourists started seeking out the fictional café named after the famous Russian poet. In 1999, restaurateur Andrei Dellos turned the song into reality. He set up Pushkin Café in a mansion on Tverskoy Boulevard and invited Gilbert Becaud to sing at the opening.

The concept of the restaurant – to serve Russian and French dishes of the Pushkin era – was brilliantly realized by Andrei Makhov, the restaurant’s irreplaceable chef. Even the menu is printed in the old style, with the antiquated ‘hard sign’  letter after consonants at the end of words. For example, “Мелюсье, инымъ способомъ съ грибами разнаго виду” (Melucier salad with various mushrooms) or “Козiй сыръ, печенный съ медомъ, дополненный ростками салатаовъ” (Honey-baked goat cheese with lettuce sprouts). Gradually, the restaurant won the hearts of diners from all over the world and is now a Moscow tourist destination in its own right.