The French, each of them being professional hedonists and «art de vivre» experts, taught me that breakfast sets the course of the entire day. A French city breakfast consisting of a croissant and coffee gets you ready for a fast-paced and frantic day in the neighborhoods of Paris with a very early lunch that’s usually a little later than noon.
In Russia, breakfast is hearty and nutritious. It forebodes a winter day and perhaps a long and dangerous road through a blizzard. The breakfast of a Soviet worker, like that of a pre-revolutionary peasant, prepares you for physical labor. Today, the modern post-Soviet breakfast in Russia, especially in the countryside, remains just as substantial. I know a lot of families who start their day with meat borscht and two dozen pelmeni (dumplings) fried in melted lard.
Hotels and guest houses in Russia try to please everyone. Breakfast buffets will often include yogurt, pastries, and coffee (for foreigners), as well as sausages and buckwheat kasha with meat (for Russians).
When the pleasure-seeking French, while initiating me into their gastronomic religion, were talking about the importance of breakfast, they did not only have in mind coral-colored pieces of salmon and various colors of preserves, but also the morning light, the feel of the linen tablecloth, fresh garden flowers on the table, and the main component of breakfast—the view from the window. This article is my personal rating of the best places for breakfast in Russia that combine Russian gastronomy with the most impressive views.
Moscow: Dr. Zhivago restaurant