So “here we are”… it was our last traveling night in Moscow and we were looking for a nice place for dinner. We finally chose C.D.L.; and with a little help from the Google map, we found this place with ease.
C.D.L. is called the “Central House of Writers”. It was built, according to the website, in the year 1887 by the order of Prince Boris Svyatopolk-Chetvertinsky.
When I heard of “House of Writers”, it sounded a little out of reach. Looking at the classic and elegant mansion and its list of clientele – former U.S Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W Bush… it sounded harder for me to imagine this is an affordable but classy high-end restaurant in the center of Moscow.
C.D.L. though truly welcomed any guests, and one could also enjoy a traditional and elegant Russian cuisine, with good value. The house once served as the headquarters for Moscow’s Freemasons in the 19th century. Now, the interior décor is mindfully renovated to capture the old glamour with some modern touches. The windows were installed with stain glass, old paintings were hanging on the wall, and chandelier with glistening crystals was on the ceiling – a sneak peeks of the Russian’s rich history and tradition; the partition, however, was in modern and minimalistic geometric shapes, and the light fixtures were silver and shiny.
The house has been an important meeting place for writers in the year of communism while novelists like Leo Tolstoy mentioned this very place in “War and Peace”; and it does make it special, that the restaurant has kept a few private spots for celebrities or VIP to gather. The waiters would offer guests a tour of the restaurant if necessary while they could speak fluent English with the interesting story and history of the place.
The dishes in the restaurant were tasty and delicate; the plating was modern and mindful; happily, the price was not high at all! I couldn’t drink, and interestingly the manager came over with a cart later in the meal and offered us a treat of their home-made wine. They were chilled and it has a really special taste. ~ We chose the wine that was made of Serbia nuts to go with my beef. I wonder how to make wine with nuts? It has a strong aftertaste and it was a nice last night in Moscow ~