With the variety of international cuisines offered by Moscow’s restaurants, Mediterranean remains one of the favorites. This isn’t surprising as Mediterranean is all about fine cooking. It is also particularly healthy and diverse. Founded on peppery olive oil, plentiful fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of fish, it offers an enticing memory of great holidays by the sea. Look through Haute Living’s recommended list of best Mediterranean restaurants in Moscow for upscale dining.
1 Yakor Restaurant
Yakor is a gourmet restaurant offering authentic Mediterranean dishes. The menu boasts a wide variety of fresh fish and seafood some of which is from the aquarium. It represents a balanced combination of culinary traditions from different Mediterranean countries and regions and amazes by its lightness and sophistication. Marvelous desserts are a special attraction. They astound the guests by their unique taste and original recipe thus just can’t be resisted by anyone who has a sweet tooth.
Yakor, Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street 19, www.yakor-restaurant.ru
2 La Maree Restaurant
La Maree is a chain of three restaurants specializing in Mediterranean dishes. Hundreds of fish verities are delivered here every day. There are 12 different kinds of oysters on the menu. In all the restaurants with the La Maree chain, you will find a wide assortment of the best fresh fish and seafood imported from France, Italy, Norway, England, Tunisia and Morocco. Another attraction is a sea food boutique installed inside where you can buy fish and cook at home.
Petrovka Street, 28/2, building 1, +7 495 694 09 30
Malaya Gruzinskaya Street 23, building 1, +7 495 6093925
Rublevo-Uspenskoye shosse, Zhukovka, 201, +7 495 221-38-50
3 Syr Restaurant
For more Mediterranean flavorings, try Syr restaurant. The interior is luxurious and appealing and the food is divine. Entering the first floor, you find yourself in a space the color of sand, with myriad paths and small windows — as though you have walked inside a giant wheel of cheese. At each table setting you then find a copper pot with a circular yellow booklet inside — the menu.
All this splendor is worth trying accompanied by splendid wines, carefully selected together by the head chef and sommelier. The wine list spans all across Mediterranean borders.
4 Veranda Restaurant
Veranda is conveniently located in the Radisson Royal Hotel. This all-day dining restaurant offers delicious, contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, as well as classic international dishes. It boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere and immaculate fish dishes for sea-foodies.
5 Semiramis Restaurant
Semiramis restaurant is located right in the end of Bolshaya Nikitskaya street. It is a Greek joint with a selection of dishes to suit all palates. The menu doesn’t deviate much from the norm, but it features some Assyrian dishes. Work your way through substantial platefuls ranging from mousakka (casserole that incorporates meat and vegetables) to souvlaki (grilled pieces of meat).