LavkaLavka, the brainchild of Boris Akimov, is a farming cooperative making its stamp on Russia‘s capital with its organic farmshops, cafe, and restaurant. Akimov’s impeccably high standards ensure only the finest quality, in-season, ingredients form the menu at the LavkaLavka restaurant. The founders strive to reinvigorate Russia’s food scene by using regional Russian produce to rediscover traditional recipes. The constantly changing array of dishes showcase the best of Russia’s seasons. Popular favorites are the pike burger, quail, or the rye pasta with deer and berries. Specific farmers that provided the ingredients in the menu are mentioned by name, which gives a truly personal feel to proceedings. The restaurant’s ethos stresses the importance of eco-farming, and every single product is created in an environmentally-friendly manner. The idyllic setting of the restaurant’s summer veranda also helps to cement LavkaLavka’s position as a culinary and natural paradise.
Address & telephone number: LavkaLavka, Petrovka Street 21-2, Moscow, Russia, +7 (903) 115-50-33
For those wishing to swap the occasionally heavy quality of Russian cuisine for a fresh taste of the ocean, look no further than Fish Market. The healthy menu hails from all four corners of the globe. Exotic sea delicacies are on offer with approximately 45 types of fresh fish and seafood, including everything from barramundi, to blue cod, to Canadian lobster, to goosefish, to sea urchin. The restaurant’s policy is to let the outstanding quality of the seafood speak for itself, without over-powering it with heavy, superfluous flavors. The serene and elegant atmosphere of this Fish Market makes it the perfect choice for romantic getaways.
Address & telephone number: Rybnyy Bazar, Trehprudniy pereulok 10/2, Moscow, Russia, +7 (495) 650-54-44
Arguably the most famous of all Moscow food haunts is Café Pushkin with its haute-Russe cuisine. The restaurant’s gourmet twists on classic Russian favorites provide an exquisite fusion of French and Russian cookery. For the authentic experience, diners should opt for the Russian pancakes with black caviar, or borscht (beetroot soup) to start, followed by pelmeni (Russian dumplings), or the baked sturgeon in caviar sauce. Those with a sweet tooth are in luck, as Café Pushkin is famed for its divine desserts. Guests are transported back in history by the stunning architecture of the restaurant’s 19th century building, designed to resemble a typical Russian aristocratic home at the time. Live music by string quartets, or harp and flute duos, only serves to enhance the already enchanting feel.
Address & telephone number: Café Pushkin, Tverskoy Boulevard 26A, Moscow, Russia, +7 (495) 739-00-33
Restaurants such as Fresh have begun to spring up in Moscow to repair the vegetarian gap in the city’s culinary scene. Fresh’s menu is focused on bringing exciting, bold flavors to their vegetarian dishes. Bland is simply not an option here. The menu offers a whole host of cuisines from around the world including Mexican quesadillas, Japanese rolls, and American burgers. The exotic flavor combinations of Fresh’s excellent range of smoothies and juices, such as grapefruit with beetroot and ginger, are also tempting options. Fresh’s ethos promotes healthy eating, without sacrificing on taste, and the ingredients, as the name suggests, are always of the freshest, highest quality.
Address & telephone number: Fresh, Bolshaya Dmitrovka street 11, Moscow, Russia, +7 (965) 278-90-89