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In May RE&S Enterprises opened a new Japanese restaurant with a modern approach to traditional cuisine. The restaurant epitomizes Japanese fine dining and is modeled on the groups Kuriya Dining restaurant in Singapore.

The concept of Tsvteniye Sakury is the exquisite combination of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. The chef, Ichiro San, will inspire you with the gourmet culture of Japan. The menu of the restaurant represents the history of the cuisine; you can find the Edo time (old Tokyo) osidzhusi or sushi-grill recipe that is the most modern dish of Japan, or you can be treated with the chefs gourmet invention sushi cocktail. Ichiro San will offer an extraordinary experience to any demanding taste. A cozy Japanese style interior, traditional music and finest sushi will add to your spiritual harmony and provide inspiration for the rest of the day.

7 Krasina Str., Bldg. 1. M. Mayakovskaya
Tel.: (495) 254-7908

Yuri Navarro goes it alone

Yuri Navarro, the popular long-time chef and host at Santa Fe has left the Rosinter group and launched his own Bar and Grill, Navarros, a couple of blocks away on Shmitovskiy proezd. The restaurant is in a self-contained two story building. With only a couple of old colleagues, Yuri opted for a soft opening so his new staff can get trained-in without being swamped by demanding customers.

The restaurant offers an eclectic mix of South American and Mediterranean cuisine dominated by fish and seafood, augmented with Argentinean steaks. The restaurant has a casual dining area around the bar and a more formal dining room. Dinner wont break the bank, and lunches are a real bargain including pizzas and chicken wings as well as Tapas.

The couscous seafood Paella is a real feast and comes with Kamchatka crab in the shell, mussels, calamari and shrimps. Delicious!

Shmitovskiy proezd, 23, bldg 4, M.1905 Goda
Tel.: (495) 259-3791

Scandinavia Cafe opens for summer

Scandinavia Restaurant has opened its much-loved cafe for the summer. Welcomed by expats for its friendly atmosphere and attentive service, the terrace is a place to see anyone who is anyone in Moscows international business community during a summer evening. Apart from your reporter, one evening recently saw a clutch of expat millionaires, a table of hoteliers, several bankers, lawyers and realtors all enjoying the fading sunshine over drinks before dinner.

The caf is an oasis in the heart of Moscow, a perfect place to meet for a cold beer, organic juices, a casual lunch or dinner or just an espresso with a freshly-baked sandwich. Try the baked potato with a variety of fillings. Just stop by, you are sure to find a vacant table or maybe you'll see a friend to sit down with.

Maly Palashevsky per. 7, off Tverskaya 19 M. Pushkinskaya
Tel.: (495) 937-5630

Marriott is 80 years old

Marriott International marked its 80th birthday on May 20. On that day in 1927 a nineseat root beer stand was opened in Washington, D.C. by J. Willard Marriott.

In 1964 Marriott handed the presidency to his son, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr. who concentrated on building the lodging segment of the business.

The Marriott brand entered the Moscow market in August 1997, when the 386-room five-star Marriott Grand hotel opened on Tverskaya Street. The hotel will mark its 10th anniversary later this year. In 1999 two more Marriott hotels opened the Marriott Tverskaya and the Marriott Royal Aurora. All three hotels are managed by the Interstate Hotels & Resorts, one of the biggest independent hotel management companies in the U.S.A. They joined the Renaissance Hotel on Olimpisky Prospekt, another Marriott brand. They have since been joined by Courtyard by Marriott on Vosnesensky per. Shortly the Marriott flagship, Ritz Carlton, will open on the site of the former Intourist hotel on Tverskaya street. It is accepting bookings from 1 July.

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