Has the World Cup whet­ted your ap­petite for a trip to Moscow? We round-up the finest restau­rants for both busi­ness and plea­sure

Get a taste of Rus­sian splen­dour at th­ese Moscow restau­rants – per­fect for busi­ness and plea­sure

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Kazbek

Ge­or­gian cui­sine is ar­guably the most so­phis­ti­cated and in­ter­est­ing of all the former Soviet op­tions in Moscow. Restau­ra­teur An­drey Del­los cham­pi­ons the coun­try’s food here with a Ge­or­gian mother-and-son team in the kitchen. The de­sign of this two-storey restau­rant is also a tri­umph. The top floor (pic­tured left and above) has aged ceil­ings, col­umns and plenty of green­ery, as well as a ter­race with seat­ing for 150 guests and views of the Moskva River and the Radis­son Royal Ho­tel. Try a starter of khinkali kalakuri, steamed dumplings filled with pork and veal (rubles 100). Mains in­clude op­tions of Me­gre­lian khacha­puri, a flat­bread filled and topped with con­trast­ing cheeses (rubles 590); or Black Sea perch with jon­joli, the brine-pick­led flow­ers of a Ge­or­gian shrub (rubles 980).

Open 12pm-12am; 1905 Year Street, 2, Moscow, 123022; +7 495 651 8100; mykazbek.ru

It suc­ceeds in feel­ing like the kitchen of a coun­try house

Ch­est­naya Kuh­nya

Trans­lat­ing as “Hon­est Kitchen”, this is a mod­ern Rus­sian restau­rant by chef Sergey Eroshenko. It suc­ceeds in feel­ing like the kitchen of a coun­try house, with a Rus­sian tiled stove in one cor­ner up­stairs, and a light-filled ve­ran­dah (pic­tured below). Sam­ple dishes in­clude Siberian river fish soup served with vorschmack (a salty pâté) on rye bread (rubles 590); Dages­tan lamb loin ke­bab, mar­i­nated in herbs (rubles 920); or whole Volga star­let (a type of stur­geon), smoked in a Rus­sian wood stove (rubles 1,450).

Open 12pm-12am; SadovayaCh­ernogryazskaya, 10, Moscow, 107078; +7 495 607 5090; chest­nayakuh­nya.ru/

Bel­uga

Housed on the sec­ond floor of the his­toric Na­tional Ho­tel, Bel­uga opened at the be­gin­ning of 2017. Moscow isn’t short of places serv­ing caviar, but this has the most ex­ten­sive menu of caviar in the city, as well as Rus­sian and In­ter­na­tional dishes.

The de­sign by Anas­ta­sia Pani­bra­tova de­rives in­spi­ra­tion from the Swan Lake story, specif­i­cally the Swan Princess as de­picted on the can­vas of Mikhail Vrubel. It’s a beau­ti­ful space, with a bar counter in the shape of a gi­ant crys­tal caviar dish. In the din­ing room (pic­tured above), a row of crys­tal chan­de­liers leads to a clever art­work at one end of the din­ing room of Rus­sian mod­els in kokoshniks (Rus­sian head­dresses) tak­ing self­ies in front of a mir­ror. Start with a tast­ing of types of caviar, per­haps, or maybe Sosva Lake fish with an­chovy mousse (rubles 650); then fol­low that with a main course of salt-baked stur­geon with Abk­haz lemons and thyme (rubles 1,600), or stewed lambs’ tongues with bul­gur wheat (rubles 920).

Open 12pm-12am; Ho­tel Na­tional Moscow, 2nd floor, 15/1 Mokho­vaya ulitsa, 1, Moscow, 125009; +7 495 901 0336; na­tional.ru/restau­rant-bel­uga

The de­sign de­rives in­spi­ra­tion from the Swan Lake story

Seven

If you’re trav­el­ling with your fam­ily or sim­ply want a re­lax­ing meal with ex­cel­lent food, Seven is the place. The menu com­bines dishes from Rus­sian, Euro­pean and Asian cuisines in a friendly for­mat, mean­ing even the fussi­est of chil­dren will be happy. From the grill, try the As­trakhan stur­geon, as pic­tured below right (rubles 1,100), or chicken breast Ro­mano with may­on­naise (rubles 490). Asian dishes in­clude duck with hoisin sauce (rubles 890). The two floors have been de­signed by ar­chi­tec­tural stu­dio DBA­group, with con­crete, black­ened met­als, glass pen­dants and wood (pic­tured below left).

Open break­fast week­days 11am-2pm, week­ends 11am-4pm; main ser­vice 11am-11pm; Dmitro­vskiy Ln, 7, Moscow, 125009; +7 495 205 0277; sev­en­rest.ru/

Café Kran­zler

Sit­u­ated in the Kempin­ski Ho­tel, Café Kran­zler is a name com­mon to sev­eral Kempin­skis, in­clud­ing Berlin. This one is styled af­ter a Euro­pean Grand Café dat­ing from the late 19th cen­tury, suc­cess­fully dis­guis­ing its more re­cent con­struc­tion. You can eat so­phis­ti­cated mit­tel-Euro­pean dishes here (Wiener sch­nitzel or beef stroganoff ), but also more mod­ern creations such as a three-deck caviar starter (served with three dif­fer­ent vod­kas), or pasta “Kam­chatka” – orecchiette with Alaskan king crab, lemon and salmon roe (rubles 1,600). A dessert of Rus­sian bli­nis with berries, sweet­ened sour cream and vanilla ice-cream (rubles 500) is suit­ably calorific.

Open 10.30am-3am; Ho­tel Baltschug Kempin­ski, Ul Balchug, 1, Moscow, 115035; +7 499 503 0043; kempin­ski.com

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