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White Rabbit

White Rabbit (Smolenskaya Square, 3, Moscow) – located on the 16th floor of the Smolensky Passazh building, this is a new restaurant project from Boris Zarkov and Aleksandr Zaturnisky — who already own a number of successful and popular first-class eating establishments. Celebrity chef Vladimir Muhin – who not only knows the latest culinary trends […]

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Varvary

Varvary (8A Strastnoy Blvd., Moscow) – this gourmet restaurant, launched by chef (and one-time geophysicist) Anatoly Komm, serves dishes that can only be described as “neo-Russian” – transforming traditional Russian foods into new culinary creations. To make this a reality, he uses experimental “molecular” cuisine – investigating the science behind food preparation. What this means […]

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Umao

Umao (Konnogvardeysky Boulevard, 11, St. Petersburg) – located behind the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, and opposite the row of expensive eateries such as Stroganoff Steak House, Umao serves a variety of reasonably-priced Asian dishes, such as Sweet and sour soup with salmon, Gorengan chicken, chicken teriyaki noodles, and dim sum with chicken and shitake mushrooms. […]

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Terrassa

Terrassa (3 Kazanskaya Ul., St. Petersburg) – located atop the Vanity shopping center, this restaurant, which has a view of the Kazan Cathedral, serves a variety of international dishes – ranging from bruschetta; to sushi; duck chinese style; chicken rissoles with mashed potatoes; and crab phalanges with sauce.

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Teplo

Teplo (Bolshaya Morskaya Street, St. Petersburg) – known for its borscht (which one food critic described as “heaven in a bowl”). Its other local dishes include beef stroganoff, marinated beets, salted herring, meat pies, chicken livers & crispy bacon (surrounded by salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, and herby croutons) and pilminya (steamed dumplings).

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Saperavi Café

Saperavi Café (1-ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya, 27, Moscow) – this is something different for visitors: cuisine from the former Russian republic of Georgia. Dishes here range from tender pork roasted with potatoes, tomatoes and onions; to lamb stewed in tkemali, white wine and tarragon; Grilled trout stuffed with hazelnut paste and spices; real kharcho with stewed beef […]

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Ryba

Ryba (Akademika Pavlova St, House 5, St. Petersburg) – this upscale restaurant by St. Petersburg’s Neva River serves Russian, Italian, and Asian specialties. Regular patrons recommend the Russian-style “Olivier” salad, and the wok with chicken, and wok with seafood Asian dishes.

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Ragout

Ragout (ul. Bolshaya Gruzinskaya 69, Moscow) – given this restaurant’s trendy atmosphere, it could easily be mistaken for London or New York. The dishes served here range from continental to Eastern European (pepper steak with fries; stewed lamb shank with couscous and mint sauce; pan-fried salmon with basil, mashed potatoes, ratatouille and fennel foam; and […]

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Piccolino

Piccolino (1 Kolobovskiy per., 11 | Metro Tsvetnoy Bulvar, Moscow) – this upscale Italian restaurant serves dishes, such as Milanese ossobuco in tomato sauce, chicken and beef tongue with peara sauce, and duck leg baked with caramelised apple, as well as typical pasta fare. The restaurant’s interior emulates the style of a small cozy provincial […]

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Park Giuseppe

Park Giuseppe (Griboyedova embankment, 2B, St. Petersburg) – this restaurant, which serves pizzas and pastas (as well as lasagna), attracts international diners by virtue of its proximity to tourist sites, like the Church on the Spilled Blood. It also has an open-air café during the summer.