France's prestigious Michelin Guide 2021 will launch its first ratings of a collection of selected restaurants that saw a remarkable evolution in recent years in Moscow, according to AFP.
The famous "red guide" announced in a statement "it will launch its first ratings of Moscow restaurants in 2021." Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides, who visited the Russian capital on Monday, said: "This mysterious and timeless capital city is a culinary gem that showcases not only local Russian products, but also the wonderful diversity of world cuisine."
"The Russian culinary scene has seen some new trends emerge over the past 30 years, embodied by talented chefs who are devoted to highlighting the quality of local products such as Vladivostok king crab, Borodinsky bread, halibut from Murmansk, and smetana, in addition to the two popular soups rassolnik and borscht," the Michelin press release wrote.
"Gastronomy in Moscow has become a point of attraction for tourists in recent years. A variety of formats, cuisines, and styles can be found here today in the Russian capital, and Moscow's restaurants rank among the best in the major world listings," said Sergey Sobyanin, mayor of Moscow.
The guide said that Moscow would be its latest destination after recently expanding to Beijing, Slovenia, and California.
"Gout Mieux," another prominent restaurant guide launched a Russian version in 2018. Its first rating was topped by Chef Vladimir Mukhin's White Rabbit restaurant, which ranked 13th among the top 50 restaurants around the world in 2019. The Gout Mieux guide rights were bought by Russian investors in 2019.