Café Champion is an excellent Azeri restaurant located near metro novaslobodskaya, between the ING bank Building and the VimpelCom/Beeline buildings. It hosts one of the best “Shaslishniks” in Moscow, and at low prices.read more
Okno v Parizh is a hilarious 1994 comedy about Nikolai, a St. Petersburg music teacher, and his friends who discover a “window to Paris” in a communal apartment.read more
Tinatin is the new Georgian spirit that replaced Bagration in the sprawling three-story building just south of the South Korean embassy.read more
We’ve known for months that Glen Ballis, the chef that made Nedalny Vostok such a sensation, planned to open a new restaurant with Arkady Novikov.read more
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Valentino Bontempi’s eponymous restaurant is a treasure waiting to be discovered.read more
Moscow’s best restaurants
When UK-based Restaurant magazine announced its annual list of the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants in April, Vavary became the first Moscow establishment to make the list at #48. read more
As I walked down 2nd Brestakaya Street from Belorusskaya station one evening, a mutely lit restaurant, full of smartly dressed young diners, beckoned from large street-side windows.read more
Mr. Lee came to Moscow’s shore with a wave of post-crisis, trendy Asian restaurants that has included Nobu, Megu and Kinki.read more
In the fall I watched the progress of the construction of Azerbaijan Restaurant along the Moscow River in northwestern Moscow. read more
Luce, the New Novikov Restaurant
Independence from Irrelevant Alternatives.read more
- Tverbul, March 2011
We planned to review La Petite Maison, the Moscow franchise of the revered Provencal establishment in Nice, which also has a trendy operation in London.
- Get Kinki, February 2011
Sorry, Kinki is not a Gentlemen’s Club—it’s a fish, or for our purpose a restaurant in the Krylatskaya suburbs of northwestern Moscow.
- More Fish (Peshi), January 2011
Luxury restaurants continue to open in Moscow despite generally sparse post-crisis patronage.
- Sinatra Restaurant and Piano Bar, January 2011
Recommendation: A place worth going to, Sinatra is located beyond a small parking lot off Pushkin Square. Located at 5 Bolshoy Putinkovsky pereulok.
- Tutto Bene, December 2010
Dining with friends.
- Marseille, December 2010
Marcel, which is apparently the way Russians transliterate Marseille, was a pleasant surprise.
- Megu, December 2010
Spoiler alert: By the end of the evening, PASSPORT’s publisher had declared Megu served the best sushi in Moscow, which was, hands down, better than Nobu.
- Citi Dining. Bamboo Bar, November 2010
During the day Bamboo Bar and its Italian neighbor Tutto Bene have a virtual monopoly on the restaurant trade in Moscow Citi.
- Chicago Prime, October 2010
The Chicago Prime and Starlight Diner logo stand proudly outside a stately-looking previous shopping centre.
- Shafran, October 2010
Shafran is a cozy Lebanese restaurant just a short walk north and west of Tverskaya Metro station.
- La Maree, August 2010
Tunisian Tide – Second Wave
- The Tradition of Goose Roasting, July 2010
Chaine des Rotisseurs is the world’s oldest international gastronomic society.
- Moscow Trio, June 2010
Classic Italian off Delegatskaya. Tatler in Ukraina. Another Steakhouse.
- Asia Hall, May 2010
Unfortunately, I had to pass up about five invitations to Asia Hall from Publisher John Ortega during the past month.
- Druzhba Chinese Restaurant, April 2010
Druzhba is one of those restaurants that Zagat gives a 25 for food and a 15 for décor and service.
- Swissotel’s Kai Restaurant, March 2010
The Swissotel occupies a prominent space on the east side of the Garden Ring that adjoins one of the first A-class office complexes built in Moscow in the 1990s.
- Meat Restaurant, February 2010
Miasnoy Club (Meat Club), a Novikov creation, has taken over the space previously occupied by Biskvit, which opened in 2001 and became one of Moscow’s early fashionable restaurants.
- La Maree, January 2010
A Tunisian Tide.
- At Mamma’s, November 2009
A business colleague invited us to try a client’s new Italian restaurant, Mamma Giovanna, located at the new Kadashevskaya Hotel.
- Osteria Montiroli, October 2009
Osteria Montiroli was high on my “new restaurants to review” list, despite the financial crisis which keeps growing larger.
- Barashka, September 2009
Baku native, and Los Angeles transplant Shiraz Mamedov issued our first invitation to Barashka.
- Friends Forever, September 2009
‘FRIENDS FOREVER’ – surely not the most common name for a Moscow café but it fits.
- The Big Bolshoi, August 2009
Bolshoi restaurant is also known as Big.
- Poster Child, June 2009
The restaurant openings that had been queued up for Moscow pre-crisis are finally thinning out.
- Night Flight Really Does Have a Restaurant, June 2009
There were more than a few expressions of surprise a year ago when Night Flight appeared on a list that I prepared of top 30 Moscow restaurants.
- Nobu. Opening in Moscow, May 2009
He walked directly by our table, unmistakable, and joined a group of about 15 that had been trickling in over the previous hour.
- Black Berry, April 2009
The new Black Berry in Moscow is not a smartphone, it’s a trendy, comfortable upscale restaurant on Tsevtnoi Bulvar, evidenced by the blackberry monogram on the door.
- Andreas, March 2009
“There’s a hot new restaurant on Kutuzovsky. They have a concert tonight and the tables are sold out, so let’s go!”
- Experience Japanese Cuisine at Benihana, February 2009
If you are up for a healthy meal with plenty of rice and seafood dishes, then go Japanese.
- Dal Capo and Buddies, February 2009
A slew of new restaurants opened as summer came to a close in Moscow and openings continued unabated throughout the first stage of the Russian financial crisis.
- Wokstudio, The New Filipino restaurant, January 2009
The new Asian-Filipino restaurant Wokstudio is a little hard to find hidden behind a construction fence behind the new north entrance to the Mayakovskaya metro station on the Green Line.
- Restaurant Review: Casta Diva, November 2008
Casta Diva, Turandot’s new neighbor on Tverskoi Bulvar, has a name also drawn from operatic legend.
- Long Awaited, October 2008
Floridita has been long in coming to the Old Arbat, now about three years since first announced.
- Beef Bar, September 2008
Moscow’s new Beef Bar is a new branch of the Monte Carlo hotspot that also has locations in Barcelona and Nice.
- Let’s Try Chinese, August 2008
After years in Moscow, I have yet to find a Chinese restaurant as good as the take-out near my high school west of Chicago.
- Carre Blanc, July 2008
Carre Blanc has the distinction of being Moscow’s only real, and, not only for that reason, greatest French restaurant.
- Eat: Else Cafe, June 2008
I’d heard raves about the food at this quiet restaurant near the expat colony of Pokrovsky Hills.
- Moscow’s SoHo, May 2008
London was first in the 17th century, then later Manhattan and Hong Kong, and now Moscow has its own SoHo.
- Bonus Intra – Melior Exi, April 2008
Observatoire is located at the entrance to the glitzy Copernic building, which faces the President Hotel from the north.
- A Chance Encounter on the Road of Destiny, April 2008
If every career path begins at home, then Thomas Vincent Bluy is no exception to this rule.
- Back to the Future, March 2008
I never expected to enter the building at Tsvetnoy Bulvar 30 again.
- Short Takes, February 2008
Correa’s on Gasheka. Old Havana. Beavers. Coffee Bean on Leningradsky Prospekt.
- Ajanta Indian Restaurant, January 2008
Today I had a hankering for some good Indian food and I called Ram Kumar our Sales Manager at Passport Magazine for his suggestions.
- Navarro’s, December 2007
In April, Yuri Navarro, chef at Moscow’s long-time institution, Santa Fe, launched his own restaurant.
- Santa Fe Special Report, November 2007
Rosinter Restaurant, one of the legendary places well known by expatriates of the first round of ventures in Moscow business.
- Tandoor – Come for the Food, November 2007
Nothing detracts from the food
- Hospitality News, October 2007
Marriott Grand is 10 Years Old...
- Beauty and Loveliness, October 2007
Bellezza is a lovely restaurant.
- Hospitality News, September 2007
Baltschug Kempinski Privilege Club...
- Cipollino and Uncle Pumpkin, September 2007
Cipollino is a Soviet era, revolutionary ballet choreographed by Henrik Mayorov with music composed by Karen Khachaturyan.
- Moscow’s Ferrari, August 2007
Bistrot’s Italian chef, Massimo Ferrari is an imposing figure on the patio of Bistrot, his ample height further enhanced by his towering white chef’s hat.
- Hospitality News, August 2007
D˙gilev celebrates New Year in August. Gourmet shashlyk in “Cafe Kranzler”. Golden Apple Restaurant Pasta Festival. Swissotel Krasnye Kholmy sells events at BOUTIQUE. Hemingway’s opens… sort of.
- Lorenzo Strappato, August 2007
"An empty plate is the chef’s best reward"
- Hospitality News, July 2007
First Guests expected in new Pokrovka Hotel. London restaurateur has novel approach to building Russian business. Hotel Baltschug Kempinski adopts vodka. Renaissance Hotel summer terrace opens
- Concerto of Creativity, July 2007
One peek at the menu and it is clear that Concerto will not be an ordinary Italian dining experience.
- Fetish, June 2007
We heard JuJu was a South African restaurant, on the outer side of the Garden ring, between Smolenskaya and Park Kultury.
- Gentlemen’s Quarterly not just for Gentlemen, May 2007
Right after opening Dymov No.1 chain of beer restaurants, Arkady Novikov has swung back to refined dining with the opening of GQ Bar.
- Glen Ballis, Executive Chef of ’Nedalny Vostok’, May 2007
I am stuck with the Russian food!
- El Parador, April 2007
Our wine tasters got to help with the restaurant review.
- Opulent Setting, Traditional Oriental Cuisine, April 2007
There is nothing remotely fusionlike in the menu of Tan, the Chinese-Japanese restaurant.
- Novikov’s Latest Creation Stimulates, March 2007
I arrived late, and our review crew was already at work on double portions of several of Nedalny Vostok’s salads.
- Asian Fusion, March 2007
Nabi is the latest entry in the “Where the Elite Meet to Eat” sweepstakes taking place between a few Moscow promoters, with Novikov far in the lead.
- Semi-chilled, February 2007
The word Semifreddo (semi-chilled) would much better describe this winter in Moscow than the warm, comfortable Italian restaurant now called Semifreddo Mulinazzo.
- A Catch of Fish, January 2007
We were greeted at the door of La Marée by the owner, Mehdi Douss, an Algerian who, in the best traditions of a patron, makes a point of saying hello to his guests.
- Bonfire of the Vanities, December 2006
God-fearing people don’t seem to have a good word to say about Bon, the temple designed by the high priest of style, Phillipe Starck.
- Doug’s Steakhouse, November 2006
Doug’s Steakhouse is the latest entry in Moscow’s steak scene, following the tradition of Goodman’s, the Kupol with its great but expensive Kupol Steak.
- Hospitality News, October 2006
Singapore Restaurant Chains Hit Town, Papa John’s Opening Fourth Restaurant in Moscow, Doug’s Steakhouse Opened
- Cafe Roset, October 2006
Cafe Roset is on the inbound side of Kutuzovsky Prospekt.
- Reassuring Continuity at Maharaja, October 2006
Maharaja restaurant was the first of the modern Indian restaurants in Moscow, opening its doors in 1994 at the location it still occupies today.
- Manhattan in Moscow, September 2006
The morphing of Moscow’s Stalin era Peking Hotel into a mini New York must be one of the great examples of free market capitalism.
- Up-market Sports Bar, with Down-market Prices, September 2006
Liga Pap is an eye stopper.
- Kupol, August 2006
Anatoly Komm’s new restaurant Kupol has 360 degrees of glass.
- Budweiser Budvar, August 2006
As you head down from Taganskaya Metro to the Budweiser Budvar Restaurant at Kotelnicheskaya Embankment 33 you know you have arrived when you walk into what looks like a rustic farm courtyard.
- Prince Bagration, July 2006
Prince Bagration overlooks the new South Korean Embassy building on Plyushchikha.
- Molly Gwynn’s and Bleachers, July 2006
To continue our series on nice eateries for under $50, John Harrison, our editor, admitted that he wanted to investigate where fish & chips are served in Moscow.
- Indus, June 2006
April’s entry into Moscow’s extravagant restaurant contest was Indus, which offers high-end, progressive Indian fare.
- TGI Friday’s and Il Patio, June 2006
As promised in the May issue, this month we are back with ‘Rosinter’ chains – the two in this issue are also worth mentioning for their affordable prices and nice ambiance.
- The New Porto Maltese, May 2006
For seafood lovers in Moscow, Porto Maltese has posted good news and bad news on its website.
- 1-2-3 and Planet Sushi, May 2006
- Turandot Restaurant, April 2006
Turandot - The Icy Princess
- Parisienne Restaurant, April 2006
Dine like a Russian Tsar? – s’il vous plait.
- AIST (The Stork) Restaurant, March 2006
Review by John Ortega and Charles Borden
- The Blue Elephant Restaurant, February 2006
It’s cold in February. Where can you go to feel like you are in Bangkok or Phuket?
- Dining on the Water, Summer 2005
We wanted to be by the water, to soothe our nerves with the sound of waves lapping against a wooden hull.
- Dining Al Fresco, June 2005
There are some restaurants in Moscow which make an effort to create a welcoming space for dining outside.
- Gorki restaurant, February 2005
Italian and Russian food, grand old-style Soviet décor, good waiter service, and a live jazz quartet.
- Correas, December/January 2005
From flirting with gang culture in New York to pioneering fusion culture in Moscow, Isaac Correa now finds himself one of the city’s most innovative and respected chefs.
- Eat Up, Chill Out, Moroccan-Style, November 2004
Lie back, relax and let the cuisine and atmosphere at Ketama satiate your senses.
- Margarita’s Classic Delights, October 2004
Russian cafe Margarita in central Moscow’s Patriarch’s Ponds neighborhood is just as fun and lighthearted today as when it first opened 17 years ago.
- Style, hominess and French cuisine, September 2004
Since the idea for Maisoncafe on Savvinskaya Embankment first came about, the emphasis has been on the interior design. But chef Charles Lefebvre’s French cooking isn’t bad either.
- Moscow’s Garden Of Eatin’, July/August 2004
Tucked away in the tranquil botanical gardens just off busy Prospect Mira, three restaurants offer Muscovites a peaceful respite from the frenzy of city life while giving something back to the gardens.
- Cantinetta Antinori Restaurant, June 2004
- Probka Restaurant, April 2004