- Cuisines: French, Eastern European, Local Traditional
NileGuide Expert Says:
Quite simply, this is the town’s favorite restaurant. Painstakingly designed as a 19th century apothecary, it is also perhaps the only restaurant in town that turns drab Russian into haute cuisine.
Perhaps Moscow's most sophisticated 24-hour restaurant, the three-story Cafe Pushkin has the feel of a 19th-century mansion but dates from the late 1990s. Each of the floors has a different thrust, with a cherrywood bar and well-lit cafe on the first floor, a more formal dining room on the second, and a decadent and breezy summer cafe on the top. The menu weighs a ton -- both the Russian and English versions -- and the script is so flowery as to be unreadable at times. Pretty much anything listed is bound to be successful, though standouts are ukha, a creamy, spiced fish soup that manages to be both light and filling; and grilled sterlet with forest mushrooms. Prices are high -- you're paying for the faux-pre-revolutionary atmosphere and top-quality service as well as the food. The vodka selection is impressive and impressively priced, and the hot chocolate and dessert selections offer good, low-budget options.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010