The main restaurant rating of the world was a guide to Russia
The British edition of Restaurant Magazine, annually publishing the world’s best-known rating of the best restaurants in the world The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, has made a guide to the most interesting restaurants and bars around the world. The first version of 50 Best Discovery included more than 1,600 establishments from 75 countries.
Russia in the 50 Best Discovery is represented by Moscow and St. Petersburg. From Moscow included 10 institutions, from St. Petersburg – seven. The guide does not contain any special surprises: many of the institutions mentioned in the 50 Best Discovery have already come to the attention of experts from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. It has all the participants in the ranking of the best restaurants of this year: Moscow’s White Rabbit, Twins Garden and Selfie, St. Petersburg Harvest and Kokoko. There is also the only Russian bar included in The World’s 50 Bars (the rating of the best bars, also compiled by Restaurant Magazine), St. Petersburg El Copitas. The list of recommended places to visit in Moscow also included the Cafe Pushkin restaurant. It was previously noted in the expanded ranking (second half) of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2007 and 2011. Three more establishments are from the archives of The World’s 50 Bars: Moscow Chainaya bars. Tea & Cocktails, Delicatessen and City Space.
White Rabbit, a member of Boris Zarkov’s White Rabbit Family group, first appeared in the top 50 in 2015 in 23rd place and at the same time earned a separate Highest New Entry award, which is awarded for the most impressive breakthrough of the year and the highest place among those restaurants that ended up in the top 50 for the first time. Then White Rabbit fell to 18th place in 2016, 23rd – in 2017 and 15th – in 2018. The White Rabbit concept is a modern interpretation of Russian cuisine, dishes made from seasonal Russian products. At Twins Garden, his chefs and co-owners, brothers Ivan and Sergey Berezutsky, also focus on Russian products, many of which – fish, vegetables and herbs, milk and dairy products – are produced on their own farm in the Kaluga Region. For the first time, the Berezutskys were included in the rating in 2016, then their former restaurant Twins (now closed) took 75th place. Twins Garden hit 72nd place last year, six months after opening. “Cafe Pushkin” was opened in 1999. The interiors of the restaurant are stylized in the 19th century. The building has a library with books published in the 18th – 19th centuries. Chef Andrei Makhov prepares Russian noble cuisine, the average restaurant check is 3,500 rubles.
For the first time on Restaurant Magazine’s list were AQ Kitchen, Buro Tsum and Northerners restaurants. AQ Kitchen is the restaurant of chef Adrian Ketglas, owner of the Michelin star, opened in 2015. In 2017, he received a rating of three cook caps from the Russian edition of the restaurant guide Gault & Millau, the main competitor to the Michelin guide. Restaurant “Northerners” is managed by Ilya Tyutenkov (co-owner of Pinch. “Ugolek”, Uilliam’s), chief – George Troyan. “There is a traditional Russian stove in the hall, but do not expect traditional food. Georgy Troyan does not like to reproduce the national heritage, he rather chooses and rethinks the best elements of his native cuisine, ”describe the Severyan food at 50 Best Discovery. Buro Tsum is the newest of Moscow restaurants included in the guide. The restaurant, located on the fifth floor of the Central Department Store, attracted experts on a combination of factors: it is praised both for the interior and the view of Moscow, and for the cuisine of Vladimir Chistyakov (from modern Russian classics to dishes with Asian flair).
The Petersburg restaurant industry is catching up with the Moscow one – all industry participants have been talking about this for the last year or two. The results of 50 Best Discovery confirm this: the number of institutions included in both capitals is comparable.
The most titled St. Petersburg establishments in the 50 Best Discovery to date are Harvest and Kokoko. In the summer, they were included in the extended part of The World’s Best Restaurants rating, they took 92nd and 104th places, respectively.
The Kokoko restaurant opened in 2012. Since April 2016, it has been working at the So Sofitel Hotel (at the time of opening, the hotel was managed under the W brand). The kitchen of the Chef Kokoko Igor Grishechkin is built on a modern reading of Russian cuisine. His main distinguishing feature as a chef was working with farm and seasonal products collected, caught or produced in the North-Western region of Russia at the current time of the year.
Harvest – the restaurant of Dmitry Blinov, the chef and co-founder of the Duoband restaurant group. In 50 Best Discovery got two more of his restaurants – DUO Gastrobar and Tartarbar. The Harvest concept is the first restaurant in St. Petersburg with a special attitude to vegetables, Blinov told Vedomosti. The basis of the menu was vegetables, but the restaurant is not vegetarian – the menu also includes seafood, fish and some meat dishes. But the main hits are still vegetables: dried beets with strakkino cheese, baked pumpkin with salted cottage cheese and pumpkin seeds, vegetable bread, half a head of spitz cabbage, cauliflower pie with morel sauce.