Bill: $$$$$
Service: *****
Address: Petrovka, 3/6, m. Tetaralnya
Telephone: 7 495 789 8652

Successful restaurant mogul Arcady Novikov has opened this restaurant next Bolshoy Theatre a few years ago. Today it’s one of the best destinations for an elegant dinner after Bolshoy Theatre visit. Gastronomic cuisine in Novikov’s interpretation is European classic in art deco setting. Ralph Lauren furniture, and English drapes dominate in the interior, black piano and collection of Imperial porcelain add a classic touch. The emphasis is made on contemporary art; there are famous names among the painters and sculptures such as Dietrich Klinger, Isabel Munoz, Georgy Puzenkov, Antony Tapies. The big hall stands out; it’s done in light gentle colours but has a twilight that creates the atmosphere of tranquillity and privacy. Panoramic windows offer a view of Petrovka Street and Bolshoy Theater. Small hall is more suited for informal dinners; it’s more romantic and has deeper colours in the décor. The cuisine represents the variation of exquisite French and traditional Russian cuisines. Chef Camel Benamar has joined Bolshoy after years of experience at restaurant Vanil and here Mr. Benamar had a chance fully to show his talent. The appetizer hits are artichokes & champignon Carpaccio with truffle dressing, beef tartar, prepared for you at the table, served with toasts and mixed green salad and crispy langoustines with salad «Tabule» prepared in Moroccan style. For the entrée I highly recommend grilled Canadian lobster with greens and anise butter, beef fillet «Wagyu 4-5» with oxtail sauce and baked potatoes. End your dinner with warm cottage cheese soufflé with vanilla ice cream and cherry jam. Most of Mr. Novikov’s restaurants are trendy places where people don’t appreciate the fine dining experience. Bolshoy doesn’t fall into this category and it’s a classic gastronomic restaurant where people come back for unique cuisine.

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