Russian celebrity chef Vladimir Muhin runs the kitchen at White Rabbit, a strangely Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant in Smolenskaya Square. The decor is strange, to be sure – portraits of white rabbits (what else?) dressed in turn-of-the-century garb look down over diners seated at basic bone leather loveseats. The bar is a little bit more hip, with neon spot lights lighting a wash of colour over green velvet bench tables and heaping glasses of wine. The food is difficult to pin down – supposedly a reinvented Russian cuisine but actually a mishmash of foods from all over – guacamole on Bluefin tartare and a whole range of dishes cooked over a hosper (open fire).
What you really come here for is the view. White Rabbit has perhaps the best view of any restaurant in Moscow – a 360-degree panorama over the city’s spires backed by Western and Russian live music that actually makes this place pretty bumpin’.