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The very first Moscow MICHELIN guide

The very first Moscow MICHELIN guide

by Penny Dats

MICHELIN published the first-ever Moscow guide. The ceremony took place in Zaryadye Park on October 14, 2021. Moscow has become the first post-Soviet city with Michelin-starred restaurants!  

One star went to 7 restaurants - White RabbitSelfie, SAVVA, Sakhalin, Grand Cru, Biologie, and Beluga. 2 hotspots, Twins Garden and Artest-Chef's Table, received two Michelin starsThe guide recommends 69 restaurants, you can view the full list here.

What is MICHELIN?

It’s an Oscar in the world of gastronomy, the most influential worldwide restaurant guide. André Michelin, one of the founders of the French tire manufacturing company, released the first guide in 1900. It included a list of places that could be useful to travellers, such as hotels, car repair mechanics, car parks, and restaurants. Originally, the guide was distributed for free, but Michelin started charging a small fee in 1922. Since then, the guide provided restaurant ratings according to their prices: a star was assigned to expensive restaurants. One star meant “a very good restaurant” since 1926, and two more stars were introduced in 1930. This rating hasn’t changed anymore.

How do you get a MICHELIN star?

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It is a Michelin trade secret. The key criterion is the quality of dishes. A team of anonymous and independent inspectors tests restaurants and traditionally assess the quality of ingredients, harmony of tastes, mastery of flavours and cooking techniques, and the consistency between the experts’ visits. It is vital that restaurants always serve high-quality dishes: in the morning, in the evening, on weekdays, at weekends, and in summer or winter, whenever. Stars can be sometimes given not to restaurants, but to chefs who express their individuality while cooking. The interior and decor of restaurants don't matter. Inspectors review only the dish on their plates.

What do MICHELIN stars denote?

One star means a very good restaurant in its category. Two stars denote that there’s excellent cooking and this place is worth a detour. Three stars indicate exceptional cuisine that is worth a special visit.

Is a MICHELIN star permanent?

No, it isn’t. Inspectors re-review restaurants every 18 months to make sure that the dishes are still of high quality here.

Is there a MICHELIN guide for all countries?

No, there isn’t. The guide covers 28 titles in over 25 countries. The guide is published for the largest cities of Europe, Japan, and the USA. Now there’s a Moscow guide as well! It’s very honourable to have a Michelin star. It means that a restaurant offers its guests haute cuisine and provides excellent service. 

So, our sincere congrats to the Michelin-starred restaurants!

1. White Rabbit
White Rabbit
#38 of 16529 restaurants in Moscow
European, Russian, Seafood
Smolenskaya Square, 3, Moscow, Russia, 121099
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This is a panoramic restaurant located in the historical center of Moscow, on the 16th floor of the Smolensky Passage. White Rabbit is a very elegant place with two floors, that is decorated in the style of Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". Here you can have a wonderful time on the veranda and enjoy the outstanding bird's-eye views of the Russian capital.

Chef: Vladimir Mukhin takes the 9th place among the best chefs in the world. Thanks to him, White Rabbit has been included in the list of The World's 50 Best Restaurants since 2015.

The average check: 3500 rubles per guest.

Highlights: Here you can taste dishes of authentic Russian cuisine made with local seasonal ingredients. For example, the author's set includes such interesting dishes as black cod, purple radish and lilac, okroshka with white milk mushrooms, sunflower and black caviar. White Rabbit also serves such peculiar mixes as sea urchin and buckthorn, salted napoleon with sturgeon caviar, tangerine honey cake with sour cream ice cream, and much, much more. 

2. Selfie
Selfie
#31 of 16529 restaurants in Moscow
Eastern European, European, Mediterranean, Russian, Central European, Contemporary, Seafood
Novinskiy Bul'var, 31, Tts Novinskiy Passazh, Moscow, Russia, 123242
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The Selfie restaurant is a modern place with an open kitchen. There are white tablecloths, comfortable soft sofas, and lots of wood and light. This restaurant is included in the top 100 best restaurants all over the globe according to The Best World's Restaurants rating.

Chef: Anatoly Kazakov takes the 90th place among the best chefs in the world, and he has been awarded 4 toques by Gault & Millau, another authoritative restaurant guide. The chef applies French techniques to cook incredible dishes out of 3-4 ingredients from 15 regions of Russia.

The average check: 3500 rubles per guest.

Highlights: Enjoy a trout marinated in lingonberries, with sorrel and cucumber tartare; a curious dish of sorrel, buttermilk and tarragon; crab with crayfish sauce and Abkhaz lemon; tuna with raspberries and sea asparagus; pigeon with soaked lingonberries; porcini mushroom ice cream, and sorrel panna cotta. Tasty and unusual.      

3. Savva
Savva
#4 of 16529 restaurants in Moscow
Eastern European, European, Russian, Central European
Teatral'nyy Proyezd, д.2, Moscow, Russia, 109012
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This restaurant is located at the very heart of Moscow on Teatralny, at the Metropol Hotel opposite the Bolshoi Theater. It is named after the famous philanthropist Savva Mamontov, the founder of the hotel. The owner is the famous restaurateur Arkady Novikov. The interior is very modern, it comes with historical elements: comfortable furniture in blue and gray tones, a painted ceiling, marble columns, and antique parquet.

Chef: Andrey Shmakov combines classics and modernity, here is one of the best author's cuisines. The chef directly works with local farmers and uses only seasonal ingredients. The menu is very interesting: it is divided into 8 parts and stories, each with its own characters and storylines. If you want something simpler, you can choose dishes from the Natura section.

The average check: about 4000 rubles per guest.

Highlights: Firstly, Chef's Table - a chef’s set in an interactive format for 12 guests. Secondly, there are many delicious dishes, for example, borscht with duck and cherries, wild boar cutlets with morels and chanterelles, scallop with strawberries, fresh cucumber with sturgeon caviar and, of course, ice cream made from bread and kvass with fried currants.  

4. Sakhalin
Sakhalin
#10 of 16529 restaurants in Moscow
Sushi, Seafood
Smolenskaya Ulitsa, 8, Moscow, Russia, 121099
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This extremely popular restaurant is located on the 22nd floor of the Azimut Hotel on Smolenskaya. From here, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Kremlin, Moscow City, and the Garden Ring Road. Sakhalin is a seafood restaurant, it belongs to the restaurateur Boris Zarkov, who is the founder of White Rabbit Family, and Vladimir Mukhin, the brand chef. This is a lovely place in light colors.

Chef: Alexey Kogai focuses on fresh seafood and exclusive Russian cuisine. The main attraction of the restaurant is the raw bar with a glacier and an aquarium, where you can choose fish and other seafood creatures. Naturally, there's seafood from Sakhalin, as well.

The average check: about 3000 rubles per guest.

Highlights: There's a number of incredible dishes, including sweet shrimp tartare with raspberries and yuzu, stuffed cabbage rolls with crab and crispy shiitake, Sakhalin fish soup, variety of sashimi, ceviche, oysters and sushi, stew with morels and barley, truffle ice cream with fried hazelnuts, sorbet from Sakhalin redberries, etc.    

5. Grand Cru
Grand Cru
#54 of 16529 restaurants in Moscow
European, Mediterranean, Seafood
Malaya Bronnaya St, 22 с2, 1 этаж, Moscow, Russia, 123104
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It’s a stylish French restaurant that is located on Malaya Bronnaya Street. The interior is austere and very cozy, the features of this place are the author's menu and a huge collection of wine (the wine list is updated almost every day!). More than 1000 bottles of wine are collected at Grand Cru, this is about 70 menu options.

Chef: David Emmerle received the FOODISCOVERY AWARDS for choosing organic products. He works directly with the M2 farm, which meets all the strict requirements of European organic certificates. The main principle of Grand Cru is "Eat local food": in the morning, they get fresh seasonal products, and in the evening, you can order these new dishes from the menu.

The average check: 2000 rubles per guest.

Highlights: This restaurant concentrates on vegetables and seafood. You should definitely try a tart with Kamchatka crab mousse and pike caviar, octopus with chickpea puree, tomatoes and sweet mini peppers, Sakhalin scallops with pumpkin, peanut extract and mushroom sauce, grape snails with parsley sauce, crab dumplings, and ice cream with goat cheese and red berry mousse.

6. Biologie
Biologie
European, French, Italian, Russian, Seafood
Ulitsa Lenina, 30стр2, A-109, Il'inskoye, Moscow Oblast, Russia, 143421
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Biologie has received two stars: a traditional gold one for great cuisine and a green one for zero waste.

The restaurant is located in the Ilyinskoye village, Moscow Region, not far from the Arkhangelskoye estate, which is next to the Rublevo-Uspenskoye highway. The philosophy of this chalet-style gastrobistro is being attentive to resources and guests.

Only farm products are used here, and all waste is recycled or disposed of. Biologie has its own fermentation and food development laboratory and a mini farm where all vegetables are grown.

Chef: Ekaterina Alekhina is the owner of the restaurant, she created the menu and interior by herself. She has a lot of restaurant experience, and she looks amazing and she is a mom of three children.

The average check: 2000 rubles per guest.

Highlights: There’s an emphasis on organic products. The menu is small but very diverse. All dishes are prepared in front of the guest on an open fire. The restaurant serves delicious tomatoes with strawberries and goat cheese mousse, beets of different textures, spaghetti with three types of caviar, borscht with cabbage rolls and pies with tails, chicken with root vegetables, and three parts of duck (pate, parfait, and riyet). 

7. Beluga
Beluga
#6 of 16529 restaurants in Moscow
European, Russian, Seafood
Mokhovaya St, 15/1, стр. 1, Moscow, Russia, 125009
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The Beluga restaurant is located on the second floor of the National Hotel, offering a magnificent view of Red Square. Beluga is considered the best Russian hotspot according to the GQ 2017 restaurant rating.

The restaurant offers a wide selection of Russian delicacies, including over 20 varieties of caviar. This is so elegant, its walls are decorated with paintings by Yuri Sergeev, the famous artist, and panels with Russian beauties in kokoshniks taking selfies. The central design element is the bar counter in the form of a crystal caviar dish.

Chef: Evgeny Vikentiev is a bright experimenter from St. Petersburg. He has worked at famous Spanish and Italian restaurants and participated in food festivals, such as Chefs Days and Russian Gastronomy Seasons.

The average check: 2000 rubles per guest.

Highlights: Here is the focus on farm products from all over Russia. They also offer a huge list of vodka and champagne from all over the country. This restaurant has truly royal Russian cuisine: here you can taste beluga black pearls, albino sturgeon caviar, octopus with coconut kefir and eggplant, gingerbread pancakes with rowan and carrots, Murmansk salmon with sauerkraut sauce and oyster leaves, and "The very Moscow dessert" made with Dom Perignon sorbet, black caviar, seaweed, and olive oil.

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8. Twins Garden
Twins Garden
#310 of 16529 restaurants in Moscow
European, Russian, Healthy food, Seafood
Strastnoy Blvd, 8А, Moscow, Russia, 125009
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Nowadays, this restaurant is the most starred in the Michelin guide: besides two gold stars, Twins Garden was awarded a green star for being eco-friendly. Vitaly Filonov, an employee of the restaurant, was noted for providing the best service in Moscow.

The place is located on Strastnoy Boulevard, and it is very popular. There are two floors: on the first one, there is a chef's table area, and on the second floor, there is a panoramic veranda and a digestive bar, where you can choose from 1000 wines. There’s essentially minimalist design and a lot of air.

Chef: Ivan and Sergey Berezutsky, twin brothers, are the owners of this restaurant. Their concept combines science and nature, they use the latest technologies and products from their own farm in the Kaluga region. The Berezutsky brothers care about the environment, choose the best animal food and organic fertilizers to improve the soil, and monitor the quality of their products.   

The average check: 2000 rubles per guest.

Highlights: First of all, pay attention to the two author’s sets "Vegetables" and "Discovering Russia". In the first set, you get genuinely prepared vegetables (from seeds to peelings), which are accompanied by 14 types of equally genuine wine. Have you ever drunk wine made from dandelions, morels, or beets? You should definitely try it. The second set includes the best products from different parts of Russia. The idea is to degust unique products from various regions and thus rediscover this beautiful country. 

 9. Artest-Chef’s Table
9. Artest-Chef’s Table
#422 of 16529 restaurants in Moscow
Russian
Trubnikovskiy Pereulok, 15 строение 2, Moscow, Russia, 121069
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This fashionable restaurant by Arkady Novikov is located in Trubnikovsky Lane. Shortly after its opening in 2021, the restaurant received two Michelin stars. The concept is fine dining, which means that here you'll find the products of the highest quality, interesting design, and first-class service.

The Artest restaurant occupies two floors, each with its own interior, its own menu (it is updated every three months!) and different music. The lower room is designed for informal meetings, it is darker, the shutters are always closed, and here you'll encounter the colors of oil, night, and stormy skies. There is also a chef's table, where the chef creates his wonders for 10 guests. The upper room is designed for 45 people, it is lighter, there are dormers, a fireplace, and a decent wine collection of 1600 bottles. 

Chef: Artem Estafiev is a young and very talented chef from St. Petersburg, he trained in France. The restaurant is named after the first three letters of his name.

The average check: 3000 rubles per guest.

Highlights: It’s one of the most modern cuisines. The emphasis is on flavor contrast, fermentation, and texture diversity. Among the interesting dishes, you will find milk-cap mushrooms and oysters, chanterelles and apricots, blackened onions with parmesan ice cream and black caviar, spicy pumpkin with sea urchin and pomelo, the citrus dessert - ganache with lemongrass and Uzbek lemon sorbet with kiwi, as well as lacto ice cream with strawberries. 

Take the time and money to visit starred restaurants and understand what Michelin is all about. It's delicious and interesting, bon appetit!

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