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Restaurant News

Oktyabr Cinema & Entertainment Complex

Novikov Restaurant Group opened 5 restaurants in the new Oktyabr Cinema & Entertainment Complex at Novy Arbat. The Oktyabr complex is a joint project with the KARO Film Group of Companies. The restaurant complex seats 850, and the plan is to cater to about 1,500 visitors daily. A summer terrace will be built on the top of the complex when the season comes. The project is the first of its kind in Moscow, and includes 3 restaurants with different cuisines, confectionary, a bar, a whole spectrum of entertainment facilities and a modern cinema; attracting public interest 24 hours a day. Here are the restaurants:

Porto Cervo: This is an Italian restaurant on the 2nd floor. Noon to midnight, seats 130. An average bill is $30. The kitchen and menu have been developed by Mirco Zago, chef of Syr Restaurant. Apart from the regular menu, there are two buffet tables with starters, selection of cheeses and sausages.

Malenkaya Yaponia: This is a Japanese restaurant on the 3rd floor, with a view over Novy Arbat, and seats 125. From 11 am to midnight. Average bill is $25. Sashimi from 160 to 210 rubles, main courses from 150 to 250 rubles. Interior is designed in a lounge style.

Delis: European cafe and confectionary at the 3rd floor, with a view over Novy Arbat. From 11 am to midnight, seats 130. Average bill is $10. There is an open area with an oven, so visitors can watch the cooking process. At the entrance of the cinema there are showcases with pastries and baked items from Delis, as well as tea, coffee, water and small sushi-sets.

Oktyabr: Karaoke Bar at the 2nd floor, on two levels, seating 200. From 7pm to 6am. An average bill is $30, entry fee is 300 rubles. Sushi, salads, desserts, meat and fish dishes. 4 VIP rooms (for 6, 10, 15 and 20 people), bar stand and hookahs. Professional sound system, sound producers, back-vocalists, large plasma panels.

Black October Bar: DJ bar and R-n-B Cafe with Japanese and American food (opening is planned for mid-February), one level below the ground. Seats up to 250, and is open 24 hours a day. Average bill is $25. There is a stage, 2 large bars, billiard tables, VIP area with sofas, plasma panels, DVDs and Sony PlayStation. The Black October Bar is a joint project with promoter Alexander Sorkin.

Oktyabr Cinema and Entertainment Complex, 24 Ul. Novy Arbat,
M. Smolenskaya, Arbatskaya

Aist Cafe and Restaurant

One more Arkady Novikov creation was opened in December, in the heart of historical Moscow. What makes this restaurant especially peculiar is its location: a stand-alone 3-storeyed mansion which provides ample space for a cafe, restaurant and 2 summer terraces, which will be open in due time. The first floor is a lounge area with deep arm-chairs and a large bar stand. This is a cafe and cuisine here is a mix of styles you can get salmon carpaccio with fennel or borsch with sour cream and cutlets from beef, chicken and pike perch. The average bill is around $60. The second floor is decorated in the style of a 19th century living room: this is a place for fine dining, where visitors can savor dishes from Italian, Mediterranean and French cuisines. Average bill is around $100-$120.

The Restaurants Chef Fabricio Crespi maintains that the main rule of gastronomy is quality of products, simplicity and lightness of dishes. Confectioner Chef Roberto Fornara has been making peoples life sweet since he was 12 years old, so he speaks from experience.

Open from noon to last diner.

8/1 Ul. Malaya Bronnaya, (495) 736 9131/2,
M. Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

Days of Finnish Cuisine at Vanil Restaurant

February 6-12

The menu is introduced by Petteri Luoto, the chef of Palace Gourmet Restaurant in Helsinki.

All dishes are based on nature-grown ingredients from Finland, and prepared with love for tradition and understanding of modern tendencies for fusion. Here are just a few mouthwatering examples: basturma from elk meat (620 rubles), served with croutons, garlic, cranberry jelly and marinated chanterelle mushrooms; soup from artichokes with smoked quail eggs and parsley (490 rubles); roe fillet with beacon (1100 rubles), served with mushroom puree, potatoes and cranberry sauce; and of course, there is Finlands favorite licorice for a dessert.

1/9 Ul. Ostozhenka, (495) 202 3341,
M. Kropotkinskaya

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