Weekend brunch takes a significant part in the daily life of locals in Moscow. However, surfing through Moscow’s plethora of restaurants as a tourist can be really hard, especially if you’re dealing with the probable weekend hangover after visiting another fine local bar. Here are the best restaurants that combine local’s favorite meals—breakfast and lunch—to create something even more fabulous: brunch.
The Mad Cook
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
This on-trend, centrally located café and restaurant has embraced the concept of all-day Russian brunch with Italian accents to the fullest. Brunch enthusiasts can treat themselves to healthy courses, Benedict eggs, or indulge in Russian pancakes with jam, a variety of local and Italian dishes, and, of course, a full tea brunch menu.
Cafe, Italian, $$$
Both breakfast and brunch are served here during the whole week from 8:30 a.m. to 16:00 p.m. Pinch is a Russian creation of Italian chef Luigi Magni. His way started from the traditional Italian dishes in the grandmother’s kitchen, then he entered the culinary world professionally. Pinch’s cuisine is a reflection of the chef’s perception of food: it’s all about playing with the ingredients and techniques in which he is interested in. If you understand the food in Pinch you understand the chef. His team is concentrated on constant development and creating an absolutely exclusive Italian product with Russian accents in the heart of Moscow.
Cafe, European, $$$
The Table Cafe barely had enough time to open before the hype was established right in the spot. It became ridiculously popular among locals of different age groups. The prices are affordable and the menu is very nourishing. The chic industrial-style décor pays homage to the modern capital of Russia, as does the brunch. What would brunch be without a variety of egg dishes, salmon, pancakes, sandwiches, and the obligatory vegetable salad?
Cafe, European, $$$
Barrique Cafe is a cool modern concept ideal for the die-hard brunch crowd, especially if you’re not willing to limit yourself to the obligatory weekend brunch courses. Barrique serves a classic brunch with a wholesome, healthy twist as well. The menu includes Russian pancakes and creamy scrambled eggs. Try the farm omelet and scrambled eggs, you won’t regret it. And yes, book in advance for a weekend. Sometimes it’s hard to find a table, especially in Winter.