Moscow is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to a romantic getaway. You might not have thought of it this way but it’s your mistake. It’s a city where you get to slip your hands into each other’s pockets ‘cause it’s cold outside, or perhaps hug an awful lot. A couple’s escape to Moscow can be both exotic and exciting!
Another fun fact that you might not be aware of if you have never been to Moscow is that the city center will quite often remind you of Paris. Thanks to Tsar Peter the Great, famous for deciding that Russia is to be considered Europe rather than Asia and bringing the spirit of Europe (especially France) to our culture and all of its forms, including architecture. Getting lost in the gorgeous streets of Moscow on a good weather day or cozying up in the numerous restaurants on a bad weather day — a couple in love has plenty of delightful options to spend time together. In this article we try to cover the dining part with our selection of the best romantic places in Moscow.
brasseriemost.ru Speaking of France, if feeling like you are in Paris while actually being in Moscow is an experience you fancy, one of two restaurants on the list will deliver just that. Brasserie Most — a French restaurant offering a collection of fine recipes from the entire country. The interior is exquisite and thought through to the finest detail with light, skilfully directed with numerous mirrors, taking the center stage in creating an airy atmosphere.
The menu is a love child of French chef Regis Trigel and Russian celebrity chef Alexander Rappoport, promising a spectacular culinary journey around different regions of France.
$16 — Gillardeau oyster #2 (per piece)
$43 — Turbot fillet with asparagus and confit lemon
$15 — Veal cheeks with mushrooms and mashed potatoes
A selection of terrines: $15 — wild duck, $8 — wild boar and, of course, foie gras ($28).
Another duet of celebrity chef Alexander Rappoport, this time with the Russian journalism legend Vladimir Pozner. Geraldine is a restaurant with a moving story — it is named after Vladimir Pozner’s mother, who was French. In the 1950s, the Pozner family emigrated to the USSR, and the restaurant’s interior is a tribute to the era. Charming and welcoming, the place is equally suitable for both the couples who are escaping their kids for a weekend brunch date and for first dates — the warm atmosphere allows for melting the ice.
Geraldine is a “néo-bistrot”, which is a sassy term for prioritizing chef’s own vision and customer experience over the Michelin star. French ex-food critic and founder of Lefooding.com Alexandre Cammas describes it best: “Néo-bistrots are much more than places that offer excellent value in casual surroundings. They correspond to an independent cinema director who wants to share his passion with you.” When you hear “néo-bistrot”, think finger-licking good, affordable and humble. We hope the trend spreads like wildfire.
$27 — Montclaire oysters (half a dozen)
$11 — Kale Caesar salad with chicken
$15 — Artichoke carpaccio with truffle oil
$16 — Icelandic langoustines An abundant wine list with a number of wines served by half a bottle is perfect for two on a mid-week night.
The name gives it away. “Sad” feels like dining in a swank garden at any time of the year. The restaurant is spacious and can host up to 200 people. It is split into two zones, one of which is a blooming conservatory — lovebirds will easily pick their perfect table.
The menu developed by Michelin Star Сhef Adrián Quetglas is comprehensive (the soup section alone lists eight dishes) and diverse. Mainly inspired by his native Spanish cuisine, it also offers Indian, Chinese, and Italian dishes to choose from.
$15 — Salmon tartare with crunchy apples and horseradish “snow”
$19 — Warm salad with octopus confit and smoked aioli
$15 — Andalusian gazpacho with crab
$16 — Ravioli with coconut under fish consommé
$16 — Halibut with kohlrabi, shiitake fricassée & sea buckthorn oil
$21 — Ox tenderloin with Parmentier potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach.
The wine list and cocktails list are both on par with the menu — it’s hard to make an order that will not be satisfied. One distinct advantage of a romantic getaway to Russia is that spoiling yourselves with some caviar will damage your wallet far less than in many other destinations.
Below are a couple suggestions on the perfect spots to go royal.
Volna Fish Restaurant
A seafood place with a rather simple and minimalistic seaworld inspired interior and a copper-padded counter looking like a submarine emerging from the deep sea, with ice boxes filled with shrimps, oysters, and fish coming to the restaurant’s kitchen from all corners of the country.
The caviar is served with thin oat pancakes and there are two tasting sets: Tasting set number 1 with sturgeon and salmon caviar (60 g) for ($65), and Tasting set number 2 with vendace, whitefish and cisco caviar (90 g) for ($33). Superb food presentation deserves a separate mention. Right next door from the famous “Pushkin” restaurant the Patisserie recreates the atmosphere of a French 18th century palace. The desserts here are one of the most luscious you can find in the city, and indulging in them in such an exquisite setting is a must-have experience on the itinerary of a romantic weekend. The breakfast menu is served from 10 am to 4 pm at a set price of ($11), and anything on the Pushkin restaurant’s menu can be ordered in the Patisserie as well.
$11— Fanciful Mille-Feuille à la King
$7 — Éclair (Vanilla/caramel, mango, chocolate)
$9 — Venetian-style tiramisu $3 — Ice creams and sorbets
$13 — Vegetable salad with fried jack mackerel under ginger and lime dressing
$11 — Pickled trout with lime juice and coriander leaves
$28 — Pan-fried turbot with rice
$27 — Salmon roasted on alder board
$100 — Large seafood platter (oysters, crab claws, scallop, assorted shrimp).
The wine list is spectacular, offering several options for each type of wine.
A newcomer to Moscow’s dining scene, the restaurant opened its doors in February 2017. Bringing together authentic Russian cuisine and contemporary execution, this place is where traditions meet the latest trends. The interior of the two-story restaurant combines modern fashion styles, antique elements and industrial motives.
The menu reminds how rich and diverse Russian cuisine actually is. There are four types of caviar available here: pike caviar ($10), sockeye salmon or pink salmon caviar ($11) and sturgeon caviar ($33). Pancakes with sour cream can be ordered separately ($4).
$16 — Green salad with duck breast and berries
$12 — Russian dumplings stuffed with goose meat and pork
$30 — Nelma infused with the aroma of pine nuts (served with baked potatoes, milk mushrooms and sour cream)
$15 — Stewed rabbit with mashed potatoes
When it comes to drinks — with a concise and to-the-point cocktail list and an extensive wine list you’re sure to make your pick.
Matryoshka also serves breakfast.
Lastly, here’s a couple suggestions for the classic effortless date scenario — the desserts.
Tea Altitude Chainaya Vysota is what happens when a tea and ice cream enthusiast can’t contain his passion anymore and it breaks out into a business. It’s a place made out of love, with love, and obviously perfect for people in love. There’s two spots, one in the popular Gorky Park and the other one is tucked away right in the center of Moscow in the arch of Pokrovka street.
The more intimate Pokrovka spot makes you feel like you sneaked into an alchemist’s lab. The place is tiny, with only a few booths along the side of the wall by the windows, a library of books to get lost in and a tea ceremony room in the back. Tea and ice cream are what Chainaya Vysota is all about. The ice cream menu is as thick as a textbook, with new flavors and recipes added on almost a weekly basis to the already existing variety of flavors including blue cheese, lavender, Pu-erh tea, moose milk (!), coriander and thyme, red ale, kombucha, basil and many more.
The “Café Pushkin” Patisserie
Right next door from the famous “Pushkin” restaurant the Patisserie recreates the atmosphere of a French 18th century palace. The desserts here are one of the most luscious you can find in the city, and indulging in them in such an exquisite setting is a must-have experience on the itinerary of a romantic weekend.
The breakfast menu is served from 10 AM to 4 PM at a set price of ($11), and anything on the Pushkin restaurant’s menu can be ordered in the Patisserie as well.
$11 — Fanciful Mille-Feuille à la King
$7 — Éclair (Vanilla/caramel, mango, chocolate)
$9 — Venetian-style tiramisu
$3 — Ice creams and sorbets