Grand-Cafe Dr.Zhivago Dr. Zhivago, a recently opened restaurant in the very heart of Moscow, just a block from Kremlin, carries the name of the legendary novel, as well as creates its own intriguing story line. The place is about to prove that Russian cuisine can be modern and this restaurant following a purely Russian concept appears to be surprisingly fashionable and stylish. Just in weeks Dr. Zhivago became extremely popular not only with tourists but also with locals – a reservation required at least a week in advance.This new successful spot on the gastronomic map of Moscow was created by restaurateur Alexander Rappoport on the ground floor of the legendary Hotel Nacional. Since the spot is just a short walk from the Red Square and is surrounded by top hotels such as Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Metropol, it came as no surprise that this corner of Mokhovaya and Tverskaya streets has been chosen for the restaurant's location. Where else would foreigners enjoy the cultural experience of Russia better than sitting at the window with a splendid view of the Kremlin, eating Russian food? However, Mr.Rappoport is taking the concept way further than simply continuing the tradition. Just another Russian restaurant is not his intention. He has created an amazingly beautiful place with some delightful atmosphere, where art pieces are organically woven into modern interior, mixed with strong yet lovely Soviet touch. The snowy white hall of the restaurant welcomes guests with the paintings of the most prominent Soviet artists such as Malevich and Petrov-Vodkin, and the legendary Ruby Star crowns the gold ceiling.