After telling you the best places to have breakfast and lunch, it’s dinner time. As in the other posts, I selected the most recommended places in the city. Some of them sell super typical Russian foods and others specialize in dishes from other countries. They have restaurants for all tastes and pockets, so be sure to write down the tips 😉
The first restaurant on the list has already been mentioned in another post about restaurants in Moscow, but it is so good that it deserved to be on that list too. Lavka-Lavka is known for serving various dishes typical of Russia and with super fresh ingredients.
Virtually all of the food there is organic and produced by small farms in the country, valuing the work of local producers. The most famous dishes are meat dumplings and chicken breast served with quinoa and sunflower sprouts.
In addition to being a cozy and modern space, Delicatessen’s food and drinks are incredible. The dishes on the menu change regularly and the staff love to give drinks to customers. If you’re more daring, don’t try a different drink combination.
Most of the regulars love the homemade pasta there, so it’s a good idea to try some dish of that type. For those with a more classic taste, they also have a special menu with wines!
Anyone who read the post about restaurants for lunch has already realized how much Russians love Georgian cuisine. For this reason, I could not help talking about another restaurant with this type of cuisine on that list.
Darbazi’s food is one that hugs you, as if you were at home, you know? They make delicious dumplings and kebabs, and the portions are super well served. Another not so famous dish, but one that is also full of flavor is chakapuli. It is made with lamb meat cooked in white wine and tarragon.
Dubbed affectionately by city residents as “mama”, Odessa-Mama brings together Jewish, Ukrainian and Balkan influences on the menu. Most of the dishes are based on seafood, but there are still countless other options on the menu with other types of food.
Borsch, for example, which is a very common soup in Russia, is among the restaurant’s stars. It is a great opportunity to try traditional dishes from the region and also get to know a little about the cuisine of other cultures.
Garden of Twins
As the name says, Twins is a restaurant run by two twin brothers, named Sergei and Ivan Berezutskiy. Both bring a touch of modernity to the traditional dishes of the country and use ingredients from a farm that is also theirs.
As the ingredients are grown by the chefs’ own farm, they are very fresh. There are more than 150 types of vegetables, fruits and herbs that transform the flavor of the dishes and make the restaurant one of the best in the city. To give you an idea of how creative the dishes are, one of the main ones on the menu is the traditional pelmeni, stuffed with veal and black garlic broth.
Varenichnaya No 1
Varenichnaya No 1 is that type of restaurant that doesn’t attract much attention from the facade. However, it is a great place for those who enjoy visiting old school restaurants that are very traditional. Even the decor and clothing of the waiters is more retro!
Regarding food, it brings together the best of the most traditional dishes in the country. Pierogi and dumpings are the restaurant’s forte, but they also offer a wide variety of soups. Another positive point of the place is that the prices are super affordable and even more affordable when compared to restaurants with a more modern and refined atmosphere.
Like Varenichnaya No 1, Chemodan is a very local restaurant with super retro decor. What makes this place very interesting are the dishes on the menu. All recipes were taken from a 19th century Siberian book, so several ingredients are more eccentric.
Among the dishes on the menu, one of the most different is the boar meat croquette stuffed with spinach and mushrooms. If you prefer something less daring, just choose some soup, fish or the classic dumplings that are also part of the menu.
Another place with Georgian cuisine on the list! It is also part of the local restaurant category, but this is even more special, as it is still an establishment run by a single family. Russian residents love Mizandari because the menu is full of traditional Georgian dishes, which are also very common in Russia. Some of the most requested are the pkhali, the lobio, the khachapuri and the kharcho!
Only the atmosphere of Björn is already enchanting. All the walls are white bricks with some gray parts, matching the light wooden tables and plants around the place – very clean and modern.
Unlike most restaurants you find in Moscow, Björn specializes in typical Scandinavian cuisine. The dishes are simple, but super tasty and well prepared. You can choose one of the dishes on the menu or choose the tasting menu, having the opportunity to taste six dishes of the house 😉
Totally different from traditional Moscow restaurants, Kitayskaya Gramota takes a little piece of China to Russia. The restaurant’s menu is based on Cantonese cuisine, so most dishes contain seafood and fresh ingredients.
Even the simplest ingredients are transformed into something different. Ah, they also have their own version of the dumplings. It is interesting to try Chinese dumpling and compare it with the ones you have tasted in other restaurants!
Although most restaurants serve traditional Russian dishes, some of them are quite different and perfect for changing the menu while you stay there. Be sure to comment on other interesting places you may know 🙂