The Russian avant-garde
Text: Jürgen Dollase
White Rabbit, Moscow No. 18 / 50 Best
Expect the unexpected: a culinary masterpiece
Vladimir Mukhin's White Rabbit is situated on one of the busiest streets in Moscow's Arbat district. The first lift takes you to the fifth floor, then a second lift takes you to the first level of the restaurant itself. The connection with Alice in Wonderland soon becomes apparent. This is not just another 'restaurant and bar.' This is a vast culinary panorama packed with remarkable details.To start with, the place is vast, with 300 covers including the bar (where 'culinary theatre' is performed at regular intervals), the two levels of the core restaurant and an external semi-covered dining terrace. The fact that in western Europe there are three-star restaurants with just five or six tables seems barely credible to Mukhin.
Unquestionably one of the world's most spectacular top restaurants (it's currently ranked eighteenth in the World's 50 Best Restaurants), White Rabbit is located underneath an elongated glass and steel dome at the top of the building. It's a bold and long-term investment writ large.
The restaurant has twenty chefs and a large number of other staff at its disposal. In the evening the restaurant is lit to exude an exciting mix of theatre and disco. The general lighting is kept low in order to show off the room's many special lighting features and lavish decorations, although one glance at the loudspeakers suggests that the room could quickly be turned into a dance floor.
The diners are an eclectic bunch. Suits and ties are scarcely to be seen, which means that the proportion of younger people is unusually large (and the number of attractive young women unmistakable). Again and again, your gaze is drawn to the night-time view of Moscow. The place is simply magical.
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