Their central Moscow fine-dining restaurant Twins Garden is on the World’s Best Restaurants list, so who better than chefs Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy to share their favourite fine-dining eateries in the city
Size is everything at this grand establishment in the Metropol Hotel, with a dining room featuring gilded columns and spectacular stained-glass ceiling. It’s old-Moscow glamour at its best, in the centre of town with views of the Kremlin. On the menu, classic French-inspired food with a Russian twist. Fish is the speciality here, as well as the caviar (and no trip to Moscow is complete without a taster).
2 Teatralny Proyezd; +7 499 270 1062
Translating as “honest kitchen”, the name provides the concept at this homely restaurant. At the helm is Sergey Yeroshenko, a hunter as well as a chef, and wild game is on the menu, probably shot by the chef himself – it doesn’t get more fresh than that. Almost everything is cooked in a wood-burning stove or over coals, and you can count on Russian favourites 24-hour cabbage soup and venison being on the menu.
10 Ulitsa Sadovaya-Chernogryazskaya; + 7 495 607 5090
For a glimpse (and taste) of classic Moscow, look no further than Beluga in the National Hotel, opposite the Kremlin and with a great vantage point from the second floor. The décor is exactly what you’d expect – oil paintings of moustached Tsars, sparkling chandeliers and a lot of bling. No traditional upscale Russian restaurant comes without caviar, and this place has a whole brasserie stocked full of it (around 20 types in fact), where you can try varieties from classic sturgeon to albino sturgeon and Iranian beluga, with a chaser of vodka, of course. When in Russia…
15/1 Mokhovaya Str; +7 495 901 0336
Not only does it have one of the most dramatic views in Moscow, but White Rabbit also has incredible food to match – chef Vladimir Mukhin has even appeared on Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Pillow-stacked velvet sofas sit under a dramatic tunnel glass roof, and traditional oil paintings are playfully defaced with rabbit heads. The food is European with a distinctly Russian kick. The menu changes seasonally but expect dishes such as truffle-infused pumpkin juice and caviar, before the bill arrives in a wooden Russian doll figurine.
16th Floor, Smolenskaya Square; +7 495 510 5101
Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy’s restaurant was recently named number 72 on the list of the World’s Best Restaurants. It’s the first and only restaurant in Russia with its own farm, which is situated two hours outside the capital and produces food all year round for the kitchen on the exclusive Strastnoy Boulevard. That means you can expect seasonal Russian products on the menu such as smoked fish and sturgeon with beetroot straight from the farm. The extensive wine list includes a Russian Pinot Noir – a must-try.
8a Strastnoy Boulevard; +8 499 112 3311
Laying claim to be the first crab restaurant in Russia and modelled on a Boston seafood joint, this is a whole lot more upmarket than its Stateside inspiration, serving 11 types of crab in dainty, refined plates. There’s the bizarrely named “hairy crab” and main courses include Asian-inspired king crab phalanx with mushrooms and kimchi sauce. The circular wine vault is one to marvel at, and the cavernous restaurant is decorated with intricate carved stucco details.
19-21/1 Nikolskaya Street; +7 495 621 7329