FOOD, Moscow, Uncategorized EUROTRIP: THE BEAUTIFUL CAFE PUSHKIN 15 September 2010

We decided to take Chris’ mum out for a nice dinner in Moscow – somewhere none of us had been to and was highly rated. After doing some research, it was obvious Cafe Pushkin (26A Tverskoy Bulvar, Moscow) was it. It’s considered by many to be “the best restaurant in Moscow”, which is a pretty high expectation to set, LOL!

The luxe Cafe Pushkin has three stories and is in a building made to look like a Russian aristocrat’s home circa 1825. It’s moody, decadent, and filled with lots of businessmen dining and drinking (and probably spending a small fortune). The service is very polite, and the staff all speak fluent English. I suppose you get what you pay for 🙂 Strangely (and annoyingly), they said “No photographs” for no logical reason! I hate restaurants that don’t allow photography, but they weren’t rude so we just let it slide. Anyway, we still snuck in some photos, bwahaha. If I’m paying for my food, I’m damn well going to photograph it if I want, thankyouverymuch!


Outside the understated-looking Cafe Pushkin

Cozy intimate cherrywood bar

The Orchard Room wing that we were seated in

Us!

The food was excellent. I believe this would be authentic Russian cuisine? I can’t say for sure since I’m not Russian nor grew up there, but that’s my assumption 😉 I had the Beef stroganoff in sour cream with potatoes which was sublime – tender beef bathed in a rich creamy sauce and perfectly spiced. A very decent portion since it filled me right up too. Chris’ mum had a lovely Chicken cutlet with cheese sauce, cepes, truffles and mashed potatoes which came out jauntily sitting on little wooden props, very cute! And Chris had the Trout stuffed with vegetable mousse, with crayfish, mushrooms, and asparagus garnish which he was delighted to find already de-boned and ultra tender.


Half-eaten so it looks unappetizing 😛 But lovely spring roll things stuffed with meat

Our mains – Beef stroganoff in sour cream with potatoes,
Chicken cutlet with cheese sauce, cepes, truffles and mashed potatoes

Trout stuffed with vegetable mousse, with crayfish, mushrooms, and asparagus garnish

Dessert was the exceedingly beautiful (and hilariously named) Cake in the form of a book. With a name like that, I just HAD to order it 😉 It was a very thick and rich baked cottage cheese and flavoured with chocolate, and yes, really in the shape of a book! So cute, and the attention to detail was so impressive – almost too beautiful to eat.


The most beautiful dessert I’ve ever seen. A sort of mousse/cake shaped like a book

A very unique fruity/meringue chocolate-domed dessert


I would recommend Cafe Pushkin for a fancy night out for a date or with friends. It’s seems to be the place to be in Moscow and worth a visit, if not for the beautiful ambiance, then for the excellent food. It wasn’t cheap, but I thought it was worth it since the quality was excellent!

34 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:29 am

    “cake in the form of a book” – what a fun name!

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    • beverly posted on September 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

      Yeah, i HAD to get that, just to see what it was 😉

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I think that the desserts look the most amazing! The attention to detail in the book must have been mindblowing!

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    • beverly posted on September 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

      It was YUMMY too, but boy, the effort required to make that…. cripes

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  • starbucksweetie posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:29 am

    “cake in the form of a book” – what a fun name!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

      Yeah, i HAD to get that, just to see what it was 😉

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I think that the desserts look the most amazing! The attention to detail in the book must have been mindblowing!

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    • beverly posted on September 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

      It was YUMMY too, but boy, the effort required to make that…. cripes

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Have you heard about Turandot restaurant? On pictures looks like palace! I understand it was created by the same person who opened Pushkin. http://www.turandotpalace.ru/ breathtaking …
    And… just curious… do you know what does “Pushkin” mean? )))

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    • beverly posted on September 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      Oo gorgeous!!
      NOt sure what Pushkin is.. I just assumed it was named after someone?

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      • Anonymous posted on September 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

        most famous Russian poet you probably passed by his monument near by the Gorkiy street many times, close to his namesake restaurant

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pushkin

        sorry, hope not too much information ))

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        • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:09 am

          Oo thanks for that info, you’re very knowledgeable! It’s nice to know about all that history 🙂

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  • Anonymous posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    better direct link to english pages http://www.turandotpalace.ru/en/
    took time to open site on my pc but really cool stuff there worth waiting to see those pages so glad you 2 are having a great time in Moscow planning to see any other cities?

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  • cassandraclue posted on September 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Looks like Russian food with a heavy French influence 🙂
    re: no photography. VERY common in Russia–there’s no photography in the metro, in the malls… My guess is that this restaurant doesn’t want competitors stealing their dishes or something, and that there’s also probably a lot of VIPs who go there who don’t wish to be photographed. Most likely the latter.

    Pushkin is to Russian as Shakespeare is to English, but poetry is difficult to translate popularity so his importance isn’t really felt in the West so much, but don’t ever tell a Russian that!

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    • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:10 am

      Ahhh no wonder, that does make sense about the VIPs not wanting to be photographed. At Pushkin though they didn’t even want me pointing the camera at JUST the food.. maybe they were scared I’d steal their dish 😛

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  • Anonymous posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Have you heard about Turandot restaurant? On pictures looks like palace! I understand it was created by the same person who opened Pushkin. http://www.turandotpalace.ru/ breathtaking …
    And… just curious… do you know what does “Pushkin” mean? )))

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      Oo gorgeous!!
      NOt sure what Pushkin is.. I just assumed it was named after someone?

      Reply
      • Anonymous posted on September 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

        most famous Russian poet you probably passed by his monument near by the Gorkiy street many times, close to his namesake restaurant

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pushkin

        sorry, hope not too much information ))

        Reply
        • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:09 am

          Oo thanks for that info, you’re very knowledgeable! It’s nice to know about all that history 🙂

          Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    better direct link to english pages http://www.turandotpalace.ru/en/
    took time to open site on my pc but really cool stuff there worth waiting to see those pages so glad you 2 are having a great time in Moscow planning to see any other cities?

    Reply
  • joni_to0622 posted on September 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Beef stroganoff has always been one of my fav. dishes. I bet it must be really good in Russia, especially at the best ranked restaurant in Moscow!!

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    • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:11 am

      I LOVE it too, it’s such fantastic Russian food. And MAN it was reallyyyyy good at Pushkin!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Did you end up going to St Petersburg?

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    • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:26 am

      NOoo we didn’t, no time 🙁

      Reply
  • azuredrifting posted on September 16, 2010 at 1:40 am

    wow what a trip, though i’m still only up to your france entries!!!i won’t be going anywhere for a long long time so im really enjoying your euro posts and pics!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:28 am

      Well we’ll travel to SIngapore and also Australia when the baby is born, but that will be later in 2011 🙂

      Reply
  • cassandraclue posted on September 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Looks like Russian food with a heavy French influence 🙂
    re: no photography. VERY common in Russia–there’s no photography in the metro, in the malls… My guess is that this restaurant doesn’t want competitors stealing their dishes or something, and that there’s also probably a lot of VIPs who go there who don’t wish to be photographed. Most likely the latter.

    Pushkin is to Russian as Shakespeare is to English, but poetry is difficult to translate popularity so his importance isn’t really felt in the West so much, but don’t ever tell a Russian that!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:10 am

      Ahhh no wonder, that does make sense about the VIPs not wanting to be photographed. At Pushkin though they didn’t even want me pointing the camera at JUST the food.. maybe they were scared I’d steal their dish 😛

      Reply
  • joni_to0622 posted on September 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Beef stroganoff has always been one of my fav. dishes. I bet it must be really good in Russia, especially at the best ranked restaurant in Moscow!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:11 am

      I LOVE it too, it’s such fantastic Russian food. And MAN it was reallyyyyy good at Pushkin!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Did you end up going to St Petersburg?

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    • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:26 am

      NOoo we didn’t, no time 🙁

      Reply
  • azuredrifting posted on September 16, 2010 at 1:40 am

    wow what a trip, though i’m still only up to your france entries!!!i won’t be going anywhere for a long long time so im really enjoying your euro posts and pics!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 16, 2010 at 2:28 am

      Well we’ll travel to SIngapore and also Australia when the baby is born, but that will be later in 2011 🙂

      Reply

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