A must-try while exploring Moscow, CDL is the sort of high-class venue that boasts American presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush as former patrons. Housed in a 19th century old building, CDL has outstanding interiors inspired by the Silver Age of Russian Culture. Its Oak Hall particularly conserves a unique design piece of great value: a breath-taking staircase built without a nail or screw that goes hand in hand with the other sumptuous decorations. The menu matches the location, with full-flavoured organic dishes such as roasted pigeon with pear and pickled apples, created by Chef Alexander Popov.
CDL, 50/53 Povarskaya, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 663 30 03
With an atmosphere inspired by the early 20th century, and a lively atmosphere created by old music, Chermodan is no doubt one of Moscow’s most appealing restaurants. Serving recipes based on rare ingredients from the far-away regions of Russia, including Siberia, this small culinary venue is a memorable try for those visitors looking for something different. A winner of TripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2014, Chemodan’s special menu includes dishes based on salmon, caviar, boar, deer, squid, goose or reindeer, well matched by a great selection of old wines and champagne.
Chemodan, 25/1 Gogolevsky Boulevard, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 695 38 19
Famed and very much loved in Russia’s capital, the Gallery Café is a select venue where art, music and parties go hand in hand. Located in a beautiful 19th century mansion, this must-see restaurant displays numerous works of contemporary art, constantly featuring new exhibitions and vernissages. A very popular restaurant among the locals, Gallery Café tempts with a menu fit for its high-class customers with dishes such as ravioli with ricotta and saffron sauce with chanterelles, stroganoff, veal with roasted potatoes or pistachio cake with strawberry-banana sorbet.
Gallery Café, Petrovka St, 27, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 937 45 04
The place to go in order to try the highlights of Georgian cuisine, Hachapuri is not to be missed especially if you are looking to sample as many gastronomical traditions as possible in a short time. With a large mural chalkboard and a vintage style piano, this small location offers the perfect mix of genuine warm atmosphere and great delicious recipes from exotic Georgia. The menu includes an inviting selection of well-known Georgian wines, recipes such as khinkali dumplings, fried trout with sweet pomegranate sauce, batumi-style beef with Georgian condari spice and mouth-watering desserts like Georgian nuts dipped in thickened grape sauce.
Hachapuri, 10 Bolshoi Gnezdnikovsky per, Moscow, Russia, +7 (985) 764 31 18
Enjoying a central location in Red Square, Stolovaya is one of the most popular Soviet-inspired restaurants in the city, the long queues during lunch time being a good indicator of this status. With a name translated as the workers’ cafeteria, Stolovaya offers simple classics prepared according to a famous cookbook, The Book of Healthy and Tasty Food. The menu includes the unmissable borsch varieties, stews, dumplings, herring-based dishes, or pigeon’s milk cake, a nostalgic and delicious dessert named ironically because its ingredients were ‘rarer than pigeon’s milk’ in the days of the Soviet regime.
Stolovaya 57, GUM Department Store, 3 Red Square, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 788 43 43
A winner of TripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2014, The Sad is truly a one of a kind presence on Moscow’s culinary scene. With a large interior greenhouse abundant in tropical plants, including palm and orchids, with even a few peacocks flying around, The Sad is one of the must-try restaurants in the Russian capital. Add to this recipe the presence of Michelin Chef Adrian Quetglas, and The Sad becomes a true Moscow must-visit. The menu offers Indian, Spanish and Italian dishes, alongside a skilfully chosen wine selection to accompany the numerous musical events taking place at The Sad.
The Sad, 4/1 Yakimanskaya Emb, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 783 81 09