Oblomov is a restaurant in Moscow that tries to conjure Russia’s rich history. The restaurant itself can be found in a former merchant’s mansion house, renovated in the original neo-Empire style of the late 19th century. And the name comes from the eponymous hero of Ivan Goncharov’s famous novel.
rnThere are three different dining areas and a chill-out Arab-style room in the attic, where hookah pipes are on offer. The ground-floor sitting room, with floral fabric-covered sofas, standard lamps and an open fire, is the perfect place to stop for a coffee to thaw out your toes during the winter.
rnOn the first floor, up the grand staircase, you will find two more rooms – the European style ‘Stolz’ and the other ‘Oblomov’, wood panelled with oval mirrors, a bar, piano and assorted Russian memorabilia. Additionally, in the summer months, they open up an outside terrace.
rnThe traditionally Russian menu is French-influenced, offering old favourites such as palmeni, caviar and Kvas. Oblomov attracts a young affluent crowd – very vintage and very kitsch.