I’m regularly asked about “typical Russian” restaurants. Just got this question again from a client bent on spending money and impressing women. Some that come to mind as positioning themselves as “Russian haute cousine” and probably suitable for this type of traveller are
- Sudar on Kutuzovky, near the Victory Arch
- Cafe Pushkin on the Boulevard Ring just west off Tverskaya, on the inner side
- Godunov, right by the entrance to Metro Ploshad Revolutsii, across the square from Bolshoi, a few steps from Hotel Metropol towards “Eternal Fire”
- Red Square in the History Museum building
- Yar on or just off Leningradsky, near Metro Dinamo
Everyday eateries, if you are not averse to chains, are Yelki-Palki, Mu-Mu, and Grabli.
I am neither into glamour nor into franchises. My favourites are small hidden cafes of the Vietnamese Market type, babushka-run factory cafeterias that survived from the Soviet days, and church refractories, especially the one at the Old Believers stronghold at Rogozhskaya Sloboda. Here is one of the attempts to list my own picks >> These are just food, not “cuisine”.