Moscow is definitely experiencing a breakfast and brunch boom. The restaurants have mastered their dinners and are trying to outdo each other with first half of the day meals. Here are the 8 spots serving some of the best breakfast in town.
Some people need breakfast way off the standard “breakfast time” and Cook’kareku is all about catering to that kind — breakfast here is served around the clock. You can pick from traditional breakfast options like porridge, sandwiches, omelettes, avocado toasts etc. or try any of the national breakfasts like Indian, Japanese or Italian and such breakfasts are served according to the breakfast time of each country. The restaurant is open 24/7 and serves breakfast all day every day.
Eat Khinkali, drink Wine
If you’ve had a hardcore party the night before, head to ‘Eat Khinkali, drink Wine’ restaurant, where they serve all kinds of hangover remedies, like borjomi + matzoon (mineral water + fermented milk product) and chicken broth, or the heavy artillery like khash with chacha (thick meat stew with pomace brandy). After treating the hangover you can have a late breakfast of khinkali (large dumplings) full of flavorful meat and rich broth (~$1 per piece), or a smaller plate of broth and mini-khinkali (~$6). If you are not a fan of khinkali, you can treat yourself to a plate of rich beef stock, filled with meat chunks. Hungover doesn’t stand a chance.
For a classic Russian breakfast, we recommend you visit the “Doctor Zhivago” restaurant. They serve a whopping 25 types of egg-based dishes (~$1.3-$7.3), 17 types of porridge (~$2-$9.8), 11 types of pancakes (~$2.5-$6.6), 9 types of pies and pirozhki (~$0.9-$9), 8 types of vareniki (~$4.6-$12), sandwiches, sausages, including caviar (~$21.5 per serving). All that in a classy interior and a view of the Red Square just outside the window.
A hip spot on the Patriarchy Ponds. If you are in the mood for a fine-dining take on breakfast, try their legendary ricotta/black truffle omelette (~$10.8). Not as trendy, but still finger-licking delicious are the ricotta syrniki (fried quark pancakes), grilled avocado with lentil (~$8.3), and if you’re ravenous, try the chicken sausages with poached egg, onion, bacon, and gratin (~$8.3). Coffee addicts can choose from a variety of caffeinated drinks, the rest of the world can go for the just as impressive variety of teas and fresh juices.
The restaurant is located on the balcony of the Central Market, and it has a pretty bogie seafood menu. They serve 30 types of Japanese oysters, you can hardly find a place in Moscow offering a wider variety of oysters than Umi Oysters, and who said one can’t have oysters for breakfast? Champagne is clearly in order in this case and you can bring your own, for a small cork fee! If you want to follow the oyster fiesta with something more substantial, you can treat yourself with a whale bacon sandwich, with an egg and veggies. Average cheque ~$25-$33.
This small and cozy Israeli joint named after Tel Aviv’s iconic Dizengoff Street is the place to sample modern Middle Eastern food in Moscow. For breakfast you can feast on a variety of snacks — hummus, carrot walnut salad, cream cheese, apricot jam, tuna, yogurt granola, two eggs of choice, bread tea, coffee, juice, and sometimes even cider — all of that for just ~$10.
Weekdays — 11AM-11PM, Weekend — 12PM-11PM
The brainchild of a “Soviet-born Greek” Alexey Karolidis, Molon Lave is the spot for authentic Greek breakfasts. Needless to say, one would expect nothing less from a restaurant whose head chef Stamatis Tsilias was invited to Russia especially for this project. Their bakery serves a variety of pies, filled with spinach, cheese, meat, and the staple morning pie with semolina cream, called bougatsa (Greek breakfast pastry). For a more filling meal you can order a feta omelette (~$4.5) or cinnamon rice pudding (~$4.5). Healthy options include yogurt with honey and walnuts (~$4.5). No breakfast will be complete without a cup of coffee, Molon Lave brew theirs on hot sand!
Georgy Troyan, the chef of the Severyane restaurant, whips up some mind blowing breakfasts. A must try dish are the syrniki (~$5.6) (quark pancakes) cooked here in a traditional Russian oven, making them literally one of a kind breakfast experience. Other than that there are cottage cheese rings (~$6), parmezan buckwheat (~$6), pastrami pancakes (~$7) etc. Finish your breakfast off with a good old cup of coffee or try some original herbal brews.