Beijing’s culinary gem: Moscow Restaurant’s timeless cultural exchange

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For over seven decades, Moscow Restaurant has been a cherished destination in Beijing, offering a rich tapestry of Russian cuisine, music, and art amid the city’s bustling culinary scene.

The dining hall of the Moscow Restaurant in Beijing /CGTN

The dining hall of the Moscow Restaurant in Beijing /CGTN

Luan Yufeng, Deputy General Manager of the Beijing Exhibition Center, reflected on the restaurant’s storied past saying, “As Beijing’s inaugural high-end Russian restaurant open to the public, it initially held a special diplomatic status, catering primarily to political figures, officials, Russian experts and intellectuals. Over time, it gradually opened its doors to the public. Decades ago, a meal here could have amounted to several months’ salary, yet eager customers still lined up for the experience.”

Russian dishes are served at Moscow Restaurant in Beijing. /CGTN

Russian dishes are served at Moscow Restaurant in Beijing. /CGTN

The allure of Moscow Restaurant lies not only in its delectable cuisine, but also in its preservation of history and tradition. Whether it’s the vintage Russian silverware from decades past, or the meticulously maintained decor and culinary techniques, each element offers a nostalgic journey for many older generations.

Customers celebrate a wedding anniversary. /CGTN

Customers celebrate a wedding anniversary. /CGTN

One customer, celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary, shared her heartfelt connection to the restaurant saying, “Moscow Restaurant holds a special place in my heart. Since my first visit decades ago, I’ve been captivated by its grand atmosphere and sincere Russian performers. It’s become a cherished venue for celebrating life’s milestones.”

Russian performers play instruments. /CGTN

Russian performers play instruments. /CGTN

For years, the restaurant serves as a vibrant cultural hub, where Russian musicians like Irina Pratsyuk and Alexander Butko share their talents with Chinese audiences. Pratsyuk, who has performed at the restaurant for over 16 years, expressed her deep connection to China saying, “I feel China is my second home. Through music, I’d like to introduce Russian culture to Chinese people.”

Amid China’s dynamic evolution since the 1950s, the Moscow Restaurant has stood as a beacon of Sino-Russian cultural exchange. Seamlessly blending traditions while adapting to Beijing’s changing landscape, it continues to serve as a testament to the enduring bond between the two countries.