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These tips on what and where to eat in Moscow are part of a trip report including First Class and Business Class to Moscow on Lufthansa, with reviews of luxury hotels and dining in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

For the prior posts, see:

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Moscow has some of the best food anywhere if you know where to look, but people are often puzzled when I tell them how much I miss food I used to eat there, during the two years I worked in Moscow. This is not to say that all of it was Russian food--that's like saying you miss NYC for its bagels and NYC style pizza. Certainly there are traditional Russian comfort foods I miss, but Moscow, similar to NYC, offers an array of international restaurants featuring everything from sushi (which many Muscovites have adored for years) to fine French cuisine to traditional dishes from Georgia, Uzbekistan, and the other former Soviet republics. I even miss things I used to be able to get in my local (albeit high end) grocery store, which Whole Foods and other stores in NYC don't carry. 

So forget long bread lines and any misconceptions you may have about Russian food or Moscow--if you enjoy great food, there's plenty to keep you happy in Moscow.

1. Dinner at Les Menus par Pierre Gagnaire, Lotte Hotel Moscow

French cuisine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of what to eat in Moscow, but trust me, a splurge dinner at Les Menus par Pierre Gagnaire at the Lotte Hotel Moscow is worth it. I was lucky enough to dine while Pierre Gagnaire was visiting, so there was a special prix fixe menu honoring his visit. One of my favorite courses was this wild mushroom and escargot tart, accompanied by apple puree and sorbet splashed with calvados. There was live piano music as well, so it's a perfect romantic night out. The bill will be sizable, but getting 2.14X points with the Sapphire Preferred helps.

Where to Eat in Moscow - Les Menus par Pierre Gagnaire, Lotte Hotel Moscow

 

2. Pelmeni at Cafe Pushkin

Cafe Pushkin is well known and somewhat touristy and overpriced, but I still find its pelmeni, particularly the wild mushroom pelmeni, to be among the best in town. Try it for a more relaxed lunch if you're not up to a very expensive formal dinner.

Moscow: Where to Eat - Pelmeni at Brasserie Pushkin

 

3. Khachapuri at Cafe Khachapuri

Georgian food was always beloved in the former Soviet Union, given all the fresh fruits and vegetables grown there, Georgian wine, and especially these piping hot breads stuffed with Georgian Sulguni cheese. Cafe Khachapuri is a great place to try them and has several Moscow locations, with English menus if you don't read Russian.

Moscow: Where to Eat - Cafe Khachapuri

 

4. Black Currant Pastry at Volkonsky/Wolkinsky (Maison Kayser)

Although finally NYC has gotten its own Maison Kayser, one of the things I missed most when I moved back to the U.S. from Moscow was Volkonsky Bakery, which is how Eric Kayser's bakeries are branded as in Russia and Ukraine. And even though there's now a Maison Kayser in NYC, I still miss these black currant pastries, that as far as I know are only made at Volkonsky bakeries in Russia and possibly Kiev, though I haven't been to that one. The tartness of the plump and juicy black currants contrast perfectly with the sweet and buttery croissant pastry.

Moscow - What to Eat - Pastries at Volkonsky Bakery

 

5. Syrniki with Homemade Jam

Syrniki are Russian farmers cheese pancakes--something like a denser version of ricotta pancakes--and they are heavenly when spread with some homemade jam, as with these versions from the copious breakfast buffet at Les Menus at the Lotte Hotel Moscow.

Moscow: What to Eat - Syrniki

 

6. Borscht

Borscht is one of the dishes Russia is most known for, and when done well, it really is the perfect hearty winter soup, filled with nourishing julienned beets and carrots, chunks of potato and beef, all in a gorgeously magenta hued broth and finished with a sprinkling of cilantro and a generous dollop of smetana, Russian sour cream. I'm partial to the version at Mari Vanna, a high end chain with restaurants in Moscow, St. Petersburg, London--there's even a Mari Vanna in New York. But even many of the versions served as part of the "business lunch" specials around town are quite good.

Moscow: What to Eat - Borscht

 

7. Blini

Blini are very similar to French crepes, and there are both buckwheat versions that are a lovely nutty complement to smoked salmon, caviar, wild mushrooms or other savory fillings, and white flour blini for sweet fillings (although often used for savory fillings as well). I've enjoyed a great high end version some years back at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow's Club Lounge, Mari Vanna serves nice ones, and for a cheap and filling Russian fast food version, just hit up any of the Teremok stands around town. 

Moscow: Where to Eat - Blini

 

8. Lepyoshka at Bagrationovskaya Market

I first had lepyoshka, also known as Bukharian naan bread, when I spent a summer working in Kyrgyzstan, one of the Central Asian former Soviet republics. So I was thrilled to find it again at the large outdoor market at Bagrationovskaya (Metro: Багратио́новская). The bread, similar to Indian naan bread, is baked in a clay tandoor style oven, but instead of just being flat, the edges are puffy and you can even get versions filled with ground meat, cheese, or potato--I usually got the cheese version.

Moscow: What to Eat - Lepyoshka


Do you have any favorite Moscow food or restaurants to add?

Disclosure: I was a guest of the Lotte Hotel Moscow and Les Menus par Pierre Gagnaire, however the views expressed in this post are my own.

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