Full immersion into Russian culture will be not complete without trying so delicious and diverse Russian cuisine. Fortunately by being a big city, Moscow offers locals, expats and tourists a great variety of different restaurants and cafes with local food, where you have a chance not only to try typical Russian food, but also enjoy a special atmosphere that you will not find anywhere else. Below we will introduce you to five of them, each of which has its own exclusive menu and its unique perspective on Russian cuisine.
Despite the fact that it is a restaurant, it is also a truly historical object. It is located in an ancient mansion, the interior of which is created in the style of a typical Russian noble house of the 19th century. It includes unique items collected from different places in Russia, such as forged trunks, pictures in luxurious frames, mirrors, antique dressers and even a typewriter. The menu of the restaurant is absolutely unique: mostly it includes dishes that have been known in Russia for many centuries, including various porridges, stew and typical Russian pies. In addition, every season the menu is updated and new dishes are added. The restaurant also allows people to learn and not to forget about age-old Russian traditions: those who come on Fridays, for example, can enjoy a traditional tea party with the tool called Samovar and Russian sweets.
Address: The First Monetchikovskiy lane, 5.
This cafe located in the building of the 19th-century building is considered as one of the main gastronomic attractions of the city and an integral part of the image of Moscow. The majority of visitors come here not for a good food or beverage, but rather in order to enjoy the atmosphere of an aristocratic life. The first floor of the care is created in the style of an old pharmacy of the 18th century, while the second floor is a former library with many book shelves. Regarding menu, the visitors are given a chance to try typical Russian dishes, the recipes of which have almost remained unchanged since the 18th century.
Address: Tverskoy Boulevard, 26A
A visit to this quite new cafe is more than just a gastronomic pleasure – it is like a journey to the Soviet past. The cafe “Kamchatka” is like time machine: it brings visitors to the Soviet times. Therefore you can not only get an idea of how life in the Soviet Union was, but also try typical dishes of that time, such as canned green peas with a boiled egg, fried or boiled sausages, dressed herring, and Russian salad. Though most of these dishes belongs to the Soviet Union, they still remain popular and favourite among Russians today and are usually served as festive food.
Address: Kuznetsky Most, 7
If you would like to immerse yourself into the atmosphere of a post-war Moscow, then you are invited into the restaurant “Black Cat”, where you can try the best dishes of that time. You will be offered such typical food of the 50s as pancakes (“bliny”) with various fillings, dressed herring, and different salads. There is also a bar with typical Russian spirits and snacks such as forshmak (mashed potatoes with hashed meat or herring), pickled snacks, sprats, cheeses, and fried mushrooms. However, the main thing that attracts visitors there is home-distilled vodka.
Address: Vorontsovskaya street, 6
Another Russian restaurant is located in the very center of Moscow in an old but majestic mansion with two floors. It is more than just a restaurant, where you can please yourself and your stomach with noble dishes of the Russian royalty, but also a place for entertainment, where visitors can play billiard, to smoke a cigar in a special cigar room and even try Maroccan water pipe that was liked by Russian dukes. Regarding food, the menu is very rich and diverse: it is based on modern and traditional Russian cuisine with some foreign notes. You can order a typical Eastern European red-beet soup (“borsh”), poultry stock, pies with potatoes and mushrooms, and refined stuffed suck cooked in a special roasting pan.
Address: Alexandr Solzhenitsyn street 2A.