Food theme park
When you cross a theme park with a top chef, you get Monster Hills, a restaurant where the décor and food are designed to be yucky-scary. Diners sit under jellyfish lights, surrounded by giant mushroom plants and other flora oddities. The food entertains: blue pelmeni and green pasta, bread rolls shaped like bloody fingers, and lots of black olive-eyes staring out at you from various dishes.
+7 (495) 088 8880
Roast & Crosby
Coffee from a latte art pro
Sick of chain coffee shops and their under-caffeinated, overpriced drinks? Head over to newly opened Roast & Crosby on Strastnoi Bulvar. Spearheaded by Polina Notik, winner of the 2014 Russian Latte Art Championship, you can bank on your coffee being tasty and beautifully presented. Pair your drink with a slice of carrot cake or an eclair then head for a wander around the center.
+7 (965) 183 9958
9 Strastnoi Bulvar. Metro Chekhovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya
Ryobernaya Poly Bones
Dig in rib joint
This casual eatery specializes in slow-cooked ribs — lamb, pork and beef ribs all come with a crisp baked potato and sauce of your choosing. Eating with your hands is encouraged, and a selection of imported beers are the perfect accompaniment. Soups, burgers and noodles are also available. The interior, a mix of Cath Kidston florals and western saloon, is as fun as the food. Perfect for large parties, hungry families and messy eaters.
+7 (985) 964 6060
4 Ulitsa Solyanka. Metro Kitai-Gorod
Divine kosher restaurant
Nestled underground in a series of finely decorated rooms, Mestechko is the perfect choice for those seeking quality Israeli food including the most delicious hummus in Moscow. You can go Russian with pelmeni and vareniki from the seasonal menu. A range of fruit teas perfectly complement the cuisine. Prices are high, but the food is outstanding. Closed Fridays and Saturdays.
+7 (495) 960 0504
4 Sytinsky Pereulok. Metro Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya