In Soviet times, stolovayas were government-run canteens that aimed to provide the working population with good value, hearty food. It seems difficult to imagine then that Moscow’s most expensive and designer shopping center, GUM, would house such a relic of the Soviet past; but the fantastic prices and warm helpings of traditional Russian food have ensured the survival of this USSR artifact in the glamorous walls of GUM. Expect meat cutlets, beef Stroganoff, and steaming soups aplenty. Its self-service set-up also makes it great choice for grabbing a quick lunch during your exploration of Moscow.
Address & telephone number: Stolovaya No 57, GUM, Red Square, 3, Moscow, Russia, +7(495) 620-3129
The lavish and dazzling bright interiors of Grand Café Dr. Zhivago aim to take diners on an aesthetic and gastronomic journey back to Soviet Russia. The vivid, bold colors and shapes of the decor are inspired by revolutionary banners and posters and paintings by famous Soviet artists adorn the walls. On the menu, traditional Russian favorites are transformed by fascinating, modern twists to create truly innovative dishes. The restaurant was opened by Alexander Rapoport who won Russian GQ magazine‘s title of Restaurateur of 2014. Dishes such as pryanik (traditional Russian gingerbread), flavored ice cream and crayfish tail cabbage rolls reflect the restaurant’s creative style.
Address & telephone number: Grand Café Dr. Zhivago, Mokhovaya Ulitsa, 15/1, on the 1st floor of the National Hotel, Moscow, Russia, +7 499 922-01-00