Grand Café Dr. Zhivago

The Grand Café Dr. Zhivago  was created by restaurateur Alexander Rappoport on the ground floor of the legendary Hotel National. What makes this place so famous? Well, in summary — the name, the menu, the decor and the location.

 

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The restaurant got its name from the infamous novel by Boris Pasternak titled…exactly, Dr. Zhivago. Interior wise, it’s a perfect recreation of the times depicted in the novel, and cuisine wise it’s a combination of Russia’s many different pasts and its present.

 

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Finally, there’s the location: with almost floor to ceiling windows, the restaurant offers a full view of the entire Kremlin.

 

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The concept behind this restaurant was to create an amazing visual and gastronomic experience. The main colours are white and red, and Dr. Zhivago features art pieces that are organically woven into the interior, which displays a hint of the Soviet touch.

 

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Guests are welcomed with paintings of the most prominent Soviet artists such as Malevich and Petrov-Vodkin, and the legendary Ruby Star crowns the gold ceiling.

 

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There is also a VIP Vodka room: the name speaks for itself, and yes, there is a mind boggling variety of Vodkas on display.

Food wise, you won’t be disappointed either. For breakfast, imperial classics such as Guriev porridge, caviar, dumplings with various meat, fish or sweet stuffings share the menu with Soviet-inspired breakfast dishes like omelette with “doctor’s sausage” and coffee with old Soviet candies, and classical European options like omelettes in different varieties.

 

The restaurant’s menu is extensive, whole sections are reserved for cereals, stuffed pancakes, dumplings, julienne, pies, caviar, salted and pickled vegetables and all kinds of mixes (cuts) consisted of smoked sturgeon, muksun, salted venison, salo (salted lard) and dried duck.

 

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Also, there is an impressive bar card: hooch, polugar, bread wine, tinctures and liquors and a whole page devoted to vodka as well as a big variety of other beverages.

 

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Although the restaurant is located on the corner of the Mokhovaya and Tverskaya streets (literally the busiest streets in the centre), surrounded by the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Metropol hotels and offering the best view of the Kremlin, price wise, it is quite affordable. A 2 course meal, with a non-alcohol beverage will set you back about $25 — $30. If you plan to order Champagne and caviar, be prepared to spend more.

 

The restaurant has its own delivery service, but it would be a crime to pass up on the opportunity to dine here.

 

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Please note that Dr. Zhivago asks you to follow a dress code: sportswear and beach clothes are not acceptable. Also, the place is an extremely popular weekend breakfast place. So if you plan to come here on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday morning, a reservation is strongly recommended at least 2 weeks in advance.

 

Address: 15/1 Mokhovaya ulitsa, Hotel “National”.

Hours: 24 hours

Short menu preview includes:

The olivier salad “Zhivago” with pickles (≈$7,6)

The salad with new potatoes, sour cream, caviar and dill (≈$9,6)

Leningrad style rassolnik (soup) with pickles (≈$7,6)

Fish Solyanka (soup) (≈$10)

Chicken tabaka “National” (≈$10)

Pike perch “Orly” (≈$13)

Or visit their website for the whole menu: http://drzhivago.ru/en/menu-2/main

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