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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Winkler's Cuisine Vitale

Courtesy of The Ritz-carlton HotelJeroboam is the flagship restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton.
When the Ritz-Carlton opened this summer, it was clear that a hotel where rooms start from $1,000 a night was going to have some pretty posh restaurants. And sure enough, the Ritz didn't let Moscow down. The new hotel naturally boasts numerous restaurants, but its flagship eatery, Jeroboam, stands out.

Under a glass dome, decorated with paintings by German artist Junior Toscanelli, the dining room has a formal atmosphere. Yet, more important than any interior is the man overseeing the kitchen -- Heinz Winkler.

A more impressive resume is hard to find in the modern restaurant world. Receiving his first Michelin star in 1978, he went on to become the youngest-ever chef to receive three Michelin stars in 1981, at the tender age of 32. He is the first chef in Germany to be awarded the Order of the Federal Republic of Germany, or Cross of Honor. In 1988, he was made an honorary member of the Club des Chefs des Chefs, the association of personal chefs who work for kings and presidents, although he is an independent chef.

Winkler is widely known for his "cuisine vitale" approach to food, which emphasizes healthy ingredients and preparation. This culinary style is also remarkable for its use of fresh herbs and plants. But that is not to say that diners need go without a drink or two. The selection of wines and liquors is extensive, with more than 800 wines to choose from including a 1961 Grand Cru for $68,000. For those who prefer something a little stronger, there is the Macallan Fine and Rare Collection Single Malt Whiskey 1969 vintage at $400 a shot.

Besides the innovative and not inexpensive Winkler creations already on the menu, a special set breakfast is soon to be available. Called the Tsar's Breakfast, it includes a bottle of Crystal champagne, Kobe beef steak with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and truffle omelette; foie gras au torchon with caramelized apple and pain brioche; a selection of imported Italian prosciutto and cheeses; 56 grams of beluga caviar with bliny, sour cream and quail eggs, seasonal fruits, pastries, freshly squeezed juices and hot beverages -- all for $700 per person.

3 Tverskaya Ul., 225-8888, noon-midnight, M. Okhotny Ryad.