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Best Places for Business Lunch

ŃŤÁŪŚŮ ŽŗŪų (Business Lunch) is now a part of the Russian language, just like the Big Mac (which in its way is also a type of Business Lunch). You see it advertised all over the city. But what exactly is a Business Lunch? Is it only for businessmen? Do you have to wear a suit and tie? Or is it just a marketing strategy for restaurants to bring in more customers? The mystery of the Russian business lunch we decided had to be investigated and revealed naked (or uncooked) to the world.

We thought that we would make up the rules:

  1. To be a real grown-up Business Lunch there has to be a fixed price (just as in France there is a prix fixe). We are not including restaurants which offer just a discount at lunchtime, because then you donít know how much the bill is going to be. The Business Lunch is democratic.
  2. The menu of a Business Lunch has to be a part of the wider menu that is offered at dinner. This is what we believe to be the fundamental principle of the Business Lunch - if you cannot afford to have dinner a business lunch is a good way to find out what youíre missing. 
  3. The waiter understands that you are somebody in a hurry, with a very important meeting to go to (thatís why youíve been talking on your phone all the time), and you want to eat your Business Lunch in the shortest possible time. These are the only three rules.


HIGH-END


CARRE BLANC

The place for a leisurely business lunch. The French dejeuner (as the restaurant bills it) is a three-course glimpse into Carre Blancís excellent cuisine.

From 12.00 to 16.00, menu is fixed for a long time Monday to Friday

What you get
Starter (e.g. house-marinated salmon)
Main (e.g. roasted duck and foie gras de canard with green vegetables on the side)
Garnish (e.g. young potatoes sauteed with mushrooms)
Dessert (e.g. assortment of house ice-creams and sorbets)
Cost: 40 y.e.

19/2, Ul. Seleznevskaya, M. Novoslobodskaya
(095) 258 4403


SCANDINAVIA

If you think dinner here stretches the wallet a bit too far, experience this restaurantís excellent food and service at lunchtime Ė itís half the price youíd normally pay.

Lunch menu 12.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday, menu changes every week

What you get
Aquavit buffet 260 and 610 roubles as a starter or main course respectively.
Starter (soup or cold dish) for 260 roubles.
Main (pasta, fish or meat, e.g. Bouillabaisse) served with bread and salad, coffee or tea for 610 roubles
Starter and main together go for 770 roubles
Grill (hamburger and French fries) for 510 roubles

7, Maly Palashevsky Pereulok, M. Tverskaya
(095) 200 4986


STOCKHOLM, KATERINA CITY HOTEL

Swedish, Russian and European cuisines served with quality and elegance.

12.00 to 16.00, different menu every day Mon-Fri

What you get
Business lunch menu is a buffet, where you can choose from 4 kinds of main dishes, 2 garnishes, soup of the day (fish soup), 14 kinds of cold starters and salads. Includes bread, drinks and dessert.
Cost: 750 roubles

6, Bldg 1 Shlyuzovaya Nab, M. Paveletskaya
(095) 933 0406, 797 6284


MOSKOVSKY, LE ROYAL MERIDIEN NATIONAL HOTEL

Authentic Russian cuisine, chefís specialties and view of the Kremlin.

From 12.00 to 17.00, 4 fixed menus for business lunch, one for each week of the month. Changed every 3 months. Monday to Friday

What you get
Salad or Soup (e.g. cream broccoli soup with quail dumplings)
Main course (fish, meat, chicken or duck with a side dish, e.g. roast fillet of duck with caramelised fruits and calvados sauce with boiled rice)
Dessert (e.g. apple pie on raspberry sauce with fresh fruits)
Tea or coffee
Cost: 960 roubles

15/1, bld. 1, Mokhovaya Ul., M. Okhotny Ryad,
(095) 258 7000


GRATZI, MARRIOTT TVERSKAYA HOTEL

Mainly Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere.

12.00 to 16.00, lunch menu changed every 2 weeks Monday to Friday

What you get
Starter (soup or salad), main course, dessert. Smoked sturgeon with a rocket and pepper papaya salad, lime dressing. Grilled chicken breast with spicy fried rice and okra. Half price for drinks from the menu.
Cost: 18 c.u. or 13 c.u if you choose only starter and a main course, payment in roubles and credit cards.

34, 1st Tverskaya- Yamskaya Ul., M. Tverskaya, Mayakovskaya
(095) 258 3000


UZBEKISTAN

Flavours of Middle Asia in the centre of Moscow.

From 12.00 to 15.00, a great variety of choice from Dastarkhan, which is a kind of buffet. Monday to Friday

What you get
Uzbek salads, cold fish and meat starters, pickles and fresh vegetables for a starter. Various main dishes from Uzbek, Arabian and Chinese cuisines. Plov. Sweets and fruit.
Cost: 1404 roubles

29, Neglinnaya Ul., M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar
(095) 923 0585, 924 6053


IN-BETWEEN


EXPEDITSIA

One canít make a camp fire in the cityís centre. Get a feeling of it by trying the innovative menu based on traditional food and delicacies from the Siberian taiga and rivers.

From 12.00 to 16.00, menu changed every month Monday to Friday

What you get
Choose your lunch from 4 salads (e.g. smoked deer meat with apples, onions and nuts), 3 soups (e.g. beef tea and pirozhki from elk meat), 3 fish (Coho salmon, sauteed with red bilberries, served on warm vegetable salad with cedar oil) and 4 meat dishes (e.g. home-made sausages from deer meat with puree from celery and potatoes, baked tomatoes and red bilberries), 2 desserts (e.g. Siberian berry pie), tea/coffee
Cost: 84 roubles for salad, 118 roubles for soup, 306 roubles for main course, 60 roubles for dessert


GUILLYíS

Lunch is the best time to sample the famous Guillyís hamburger.

12.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday in the restaurant Every day of the week in the bar area, any time Fixed menu

What you get
Select from around 20 menu items, including soups, sandwiches and the house steak.
Cost: from 130 roubles to 520 roubles per item

6, Stoleshnikov Pereulok , M. Chekhovskaya
(095) 933 5521


1 RED SQUARE

An opportunity to try dishes from the restaurantís unique cuisine based on the menus of the 19th century Russian aristocracy and the Imperial Romanov Family.

From 12 to 16.00, lunch menu is fixed.

What you get
4 types of lunch which is a salad, soup, main dish, dessert, mineral water, tea/coffee, bread and butter.
Example: Salad of salmon fillet with lemon and olives, chicken soup with home-made noodles, pike perch with potatoes and fresh vegetables.
Cost: 19 c.u

1/2, Red Square (Entrance via the Historical Museum), M. Okhotny Ryad
(095) 925 3600, 292 1196


SHAFRAN

Good-sized portions of flavorsome Middle Eastern cuisine. Airy and spacious without being too formal. Quick and friendly service, and they donít mind either if you want to linger.

From 12.00 to 16.00, fixed menu Monday to Friday

What you get
Dip (e.g. tahini) plus all the pita you can eat
Soup (e.g. lentil soup)
Main dish (e.g. chicken kebab)
Drink (fresh juice, espresso, tea, coca-cola)
Cost: 11 y.e.

12, Spiridonyevsky Pereulok, Bldg. 9, M. Pushkinskaya
(095) 737 9500


BORGO

Home-made Italian lunch. Warm wood-panelled interior and surprisingly comfortable highbacked chairs.

From 12.00 to 17.00, menu is fixed for a long time Monday to Friday

What you get
No fixed menu. Choose from a range of starters, salads and mains. Itís all there: Caesar salad with chicken breast or prawns, beef or salmon carpaccio, minestrone, veal medallions in bacon with blue cheese, garnished with fettuccine pasta and spinach. Portions are smaller than a la carte
Cost (prices in c.u. which stands for 36 roubles): 7 to 9.50 for appetizer/salad, 5 to 9 for a soup, 10.50 to 16 for main.

12/9, Spiridonyevsky Pereulok, M. Pushkinskaya
(095) 730 5600


GOODMAN

A great time to sample this restaurantís ambiance and friendly service. Strict control of quality and generous portions.

From 12.00 to 16.00, menu is fixed. Monday to Friday

What you get
Salad (e.g Caesar salad with grilled chicken breasts) and main course
Soup (e.g cream of natural white mushroom) and main course
Main can be Goodman burger or meat/chicken with a side dish (e.g. Beef Stroganoff from Mignon fillet and grilled vegetables)
Cost: 12 y.e.

23, Tverskaya Ul., M. Pushkinskaya
(095) 937 5679

31 Novinsky Bulvar, M. Barrikadnaya
(095) 981 4941


RIKYU

Traditional Japanese cuisine and original recipes in tasteful interiors.

12.00 to 16.00, lunch menu changed every season. Monday to Friday

What you get
All lunch offers include miso soup, vegetable salad, Gohan rice. Beef with vegetables, sushi assortment, white fish fillet fried in garlic sauce among other options.
Cost: 350, 400 and 750 roubles

26 Prospekt Mira, Bldg.8 (enter from Grokholsky Per.), M. Prospekt Mira
(095) 937 8803


SULIKO

One of the best restaurants for Georgian specialties.

Business lunch 12.00 to 16.00, fixed menu Monday to Friday

What you get
Choose a starter from a range of 6 varieties such as suluguni cheese, green or red lobio (beans with walnut and spices), soup (e.g. kharcho - beef bullion with rice, garlic, Tkemali sauce and spices), main dish (e.g. chakhokhobili - chicken stewed with onions, tomatoes and herbs), water/tea and 2 cookies
Cost: 12.6 c.u.
Lavash and 2 cookies for all menus. Other menus available.

42/2 Ul. Bolshaya Polyanka M. Oktyabrskaya
(095) 238 2888/1027


CAFE DES ARTISTES

Classic European cuisine in bohemian interior. Art exhibitions as a food for the soul.

Lunch menu from 11.00 to 17.00, different each day, subscribe at www.artistico.ru for getting lunch menu by e-mail

What you get
Starter (cream of yellow pea with bacon) or salad (avocado, tomatoe and iceberg lettuce), main course (sauteed monkfish with olive oil and lemon risotto) and dessert (cheese cake).
Cost: 14 c.u., payment in roubles and credit cards

5/6, Kamergersky Pereulok, M. Okhotny Ryad
(095) 292 4042


CAFE PUSHKIN

ĎDejeuner pour dame Ö et chevalierí (as described by the restaurant). Impressive faux decor from tsarist times.

From 12.00 to 16.00, menu changes every day Monday to Friday

What you get (example)
Ladies: Vegetable salad with marinated pumpkin, zander with vegetables and dessert.
Gentlemen: Russian salad (Olivier), shchi (cabbage soup Russian style), beefsteak with grilled vegetables and fried onion Tea/coffee
Cost: 15 euro, payment accepted in roubles and by credit cards

26a Tverskoy bulvar, M. Tverskaya
(095) 229 5590

6 Pevchesky per, M. Kitai Gorod
(095) 775 6075


MY PLACE

American style: small place for a fast lunch in the centre of the megapolis.

12.00 to 16.00, menu changes daily Monday to Friday

What you get
Starter (soup or salad, e.g. chicken cream soup or salad with couscous, tomatoes, mint and onions), main dish (e.g. seafood fettuccini with cream sauce) and a dessert.
Cost: 12.y.e. 15% extra for groups of 8 and more

52/5, Kosmodamianskaya nab. M. Paveletskaya
(095) 725 4070/4071


BARGAIN (LESS THAN 300 ROUBLES!)


CAFE MOKKA

Dishes from Italian and European cuisine.

From 12.00 to 16.00, menu changes every day Monday to Friday

What you get
Soup of the day (broccoli cream), choice of salads (e.g boiled potatoes and honey agaric with dill), one of 2 main dishes (e.g. pork in mushroom cream sauce with buckwheat)
Cost: 230 roubles and less if your lunch is light, 15% more for groups of 8 and more

7 Dolgorukovskaya Ul., M. Novoslobodskaya
(095) 725 4173


VKUSNOYE MESTO

This is a regular place for PASSPORT staff; you can be in and out in less than half an hour if you wish (PASSPORT writers even eat to a deadline!). Simple decor, no pretensions.

Business Lunch 12.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday

What you get (example, different menu every day)
Salad
Borsch always or Soup of the day
Fried chicken with fried potatoes and mushrooms
Tea or fruit beverage
Cost: 140 roubles

13 Ul. Dovatora, Bldg. 2 M. Sportivnaya
(095) 708 3277


GULDEN

Interior of a medieval castle. Russian, Belgian and Flemish cuisines.

From 12.00 to 16.00, menu changes every week Monday to Friday

What you get
Salad (3 varieties), soup (vegetable cream or kharcho), main dish (meat, fish or chicken) and garnish (rice, potatoes, vegetables). Mors, wine, beer, tea or coffee for a drink.
Cost: 230 roubles

11/6 Ul. Solyanka, Bldg.1, M. Kitai Gorod
(095) 916 2894


FARANDOLE

Southern Italian and Mediterranean dishes in a pleasant environment.

Lunch menu from 12.00 to 17.00, changes every week Monday to Friday

What you get
Salad (e.g. salmon with rice), soup (vegetable cream) and a main dish with a garnish (fish, chicken or vegetarian options, e.g. pork baked with tomatoes and cheese). Plus tea, coffee or a soft drink.
Japanese lunch includes salad with calamari and seaweed, 3 different sushi, 3 rolls with cucumber, 3 sushi with omelette, miso soup
Cost: 250 and 320 roubles

5, Ul. 1ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya, M. Mayakovskaya
(095) 258 8259


KOLBASOFF

Beer restaurant with dishes from various cuisines, manufactures its own sausages. Blue and Beige halls in minimalist decor.

From 12.00 to 16.00, lunch menu changes monthly Monday to Friday

What you get
Salad (5 kinds, e.g. beetroot with walnuts), soup (5 kinds, e.g. soup du jour or mushroom soup with potatoes), main dish (4 options, e.g. Beef Stroganoff with rice). Dessert and a drink.
Cost: 280 roubles and less, if your lunch is light

21 Taganskaya Ul., Mosenka Park Towers, M. Marksistskaya, Taganskaya
(095) 258 5900


RE-PLAY

Good place for a relaxed lunch.

From 12.00 to 16.00, lunch menu changes everyday Monday to Friday

What you get
Choose from 2 salads (e.g.herring with beetroot and mayonnaise, 3 soups (e.g. borsch), 2 main dishes with a garnish (e.g. chicken cutlet with rice)
Cost: 150 and 190 roubles (includes dessert and a choice of tea, coffee or juice)

19 Ul. Pokrovka, M. Chistiye Prudy
(095) 917 3985


SHERBET

Arabian and Uzbek cuisines, and most things Asian.

From 12.00 to 17.00, fixed menu Monday to Friday

What you get
Soup of the day, salad, choose from 2 main dishes, potatoes fried/mashed or rice for a garnish, drink. Lentil or kharcho soup, chicken donar kebab, plov, laghman, carrot salad or vinaigrette.
Cost:160 roubles

15 Ul. Petrovka, M. Kuznetsky Most,
(095)928 0812/1597


BANGKOK

Forget Moscow for a while and enjoy this restaurantís excellent approach to Thai cuisine.

From 12.00 to 16.00, menu different each day Monday to Friday

What you get
Salad, soup, main dish, garnish, drink, bread
Cost: 150, 200 and 500 roubles

10 Bolshoy Strochenovsky per. M. Serpukhovskaya,
(095) 237 3074


BUDVA

Montenegro hospitality never fails.

11.00 to 16.00, changes every week Monday to Friday

What you get
Choose from 3 kinds of salads, soups, main dish, garnish, juice or tea for a drink and beer as a complement. Vinaigrette, chorba, goulash or pleskovitsa, boiled/mashed potato or buckwheat
Cost:160 roubles

23 Ul. Pokrovka, M. Kitai Gorod
(095) 923 3364


ROAD HOUSE

Blues and traditional European cuisine.

From 12.00 to 16.00, lunch menu is fixed for more than a month. Monday to Friday

What you get
Soup (e.g. chicken bullion with giblets), main course (meat, chicken or fish with a side dish, e.g. salmon fillet in pastry with boiled potatoes on the side), salad of the day, juice.
Cost: 155, 160, 165 and 190 roubles.

8 Ul. Dovatora, M. Sportivnaya
(095) 245 4183 775 6075







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