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tengchah
25-07-2005, 11:44
I know this has been asked a gizillion times before, but I thought I'd give it another stab.

Anyone have any GOOD Russian/Georgian/Ukrainian restaurant recommendations for me to impress my guests with next week? Should be good food and not too cheesy tourist traps (so forget Yolki Polki and Korchma, the latter of which serves inedible food in my humble). A good atmosphere is also important.

So far, I'm thinking Vostochni Kvartal (just off the Arbat) which I think is the best Uzbekh restaurant in Moscow. And maybe Margarita at Patriarch's Ponds - haven't tried it, but heard it's got good food and live music. Maybe Gennetsvale on Ostozhenka as well?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

Cheers! JA

Halyavshik
25-07-2005, 12:00
Well, Pushkin Cafe usually gets good marks on atmosphere and food for Russian cuisine. It really ain't *that* expensive if you're not ordering loads of alcohol.

Georgian, yeah, Genatsville is nice, and there's a more iarchitecturally nteresting one on the Old Arbat (lots of little bridges and balconies and stuff).

moscowmail
25-07-2005, 12:02
Eastern Rooms, above the French Cafe in Smolensky Bulv, great prices, great food :)

Lled
25-07-2005, 12:08
Kabantchik a little off Belorusskaya, was full of Georgians when I was there so it must be good. I liked it and I'm not even Georgian. Big portions, tasted good. Cheesy entertainment (seemed authentic...), poor paintings on the walls, great stuff.

veejay
25-07-2005, 12:15
two extremely tasty georgian restaurants on new arbat -- chito grito, next to shchesh besh, and dioscuria (across from praga restaurant). both incredibly good, and not at all pricey.

flup
25-07-2005, 12:23
As I understand Tsarskaya Okhota is a more upscale version of Yolki-Palki. I know both are run by Arkady Novikov, who has a good reputation for quality restaurants. I've never been there myself, but I've heard good things about it.

Cherokee
25-07-2005, 12:34
another Georgian Restaurant I can highly recommend is "Tzuto-Gruto" near Taganskaja Metro Station on Uliza Narodnaya #22, www.dinasty.ru

very good food, nice athmosphere and prices are ok. 2person dinner with starters, main course and drinks around 1500 rbls.

Halyavshik
25-07-2005, 22:27
Kabantchik a little off Belorusskaya.

Yeah, seconded. It's located on ulitsa Krasina to the left of the Tishinka shopping center (if you're facing it).

Andy B
25-07-2005, 22:51
Eastern Rooms, above the French Cafe in Smolensky Bulv, great prices, great food :)

Eastern room is Indian/Arabic/lebonese not Russian/Georgian!

The place is fantastic (won't argue with that), but not what they're after.

Andy B
25-07-2005, 22:53
Georgian, yeah, Genatsville is nice, and there's a more iarchitecturally nteresting one on the Old Arbat (lots of little bridges and balconies and stuff).

My wife and I love this place (we had our wedding reception there). Food is great and so is the atmosphere/decor. Well worth a look

Halyavshik
25-07-2005, 22:54
Eastern room is Indian/Arabic/lebonese not Russian/Georgian!

The place is fantastic (won't argue with that), but not what they're after.

Actually, AndyB, they do have Georgian food there. Pretty good Khachapuri, Satsivi, Green Lobio, Shashlyk, Dolma (which I think is actually Armenian, but whatever), the really big Pelmeni (can't remember what they're called right now) and lavash.

There isn't any Russian cuisine perse, but there is definitely Georgian.

Andy B
25-07-2005, 22:56
Actually, you are right... sorry! I have had the khachapuri there and it is good... the indian menu is better tho!

Sorry Len (hangs head in shame)!

CaveMan
25-07-2005, 23:05
Dolma (which I think is actually Armenian, but whatever)

Actually Turkish....but who cares...still the same....

Billie Bob
25-07-2005, 23:18
RUSSIAN RESTAURANT
=3/9 Zemeliye, on old Arbat, behind the Praga, fresh new look, good food, nice prices
=Bochka, 1905 ulitsa, good food, high priced.
=cafe Pushkin, Tverskaya ulitsa, the extreme! everything is good and also pricey, some of the best wait staff in Moscow, love the tall ladies.
=Gogol, on the old arbat, 2nd floor, a bit of a dungeon feeling, now called the rumochnaya, is a bit stuffy there now. relatively cheap, the food is nothing that great.
=GRABLI, metro Alexevsky, a new canteen like service, but the food is great, the atmosphere is warm the prices are fine. overall nice...

UKRAINIAN RESTAURANT
=Korchma (4-5 locations) open 24 hrs, personally like the smolensky location
=Shinok, 1905 ulitsa, live animal entertainment, a bit overpriced, good food.

GEORGIAN RESTAURANT
=GENATSVALE on Ostozhenka, prices have skyrocketed, the quality is the same, atmosphere is definitely welcoming, alot of georgian songs..
=TIFLIS, Ostozhenka, great patio seating, same quality and price as Genatsvale.
=CHITO GRITO, Novy Arbat and on taganka, both are great food, nice atosphere, nice price, but no live music...
=BAGRATIONI, Plushchiha ulitsa, nice restaurant, better interior than Tiflis and Genatsvale. easy parking.
=SAM PRISHOL, Prospect Vernadsky, the building stands by itself, and is usually packed all day it seems. They have outdoor cabin dining like patios. Good Food! pricey, nice service. RESERVATIONS!!!!

AZERBAIJANIAN RESTAURANT
=SHESH BESH, Smolensky metro, ring road, nice atmosphere, large plates, (cough) nice price... and have alot of fun here...

MIX RUSSIAN-CENTRAL ASIAN-KAVKAZ RESTAURANT
=SIM SIM, ul Mikluyo Maklaya 18/2. This is a new restaurant i discovered last week... If you like SHASHLIKS, a nice selection of all the types you want, and they have like 20 pages of foods to offer. How they do this, I dont know. But its everything from Georgian to Russian to Uzbek to Kyrgyz, etc...
Not too pricey, and the atmosphere is really nice. No business lunch, but the service is nice and fast! www.simsim-cafe.ru
(will recommend)
also, ever wanted to try lamb balls??? they have them skewered and or fried. I joked about this to a few russians, and they stated that its considered a delicacy...

Josh V
26-07-2005, 10:41
Two restaurants come to mind,

Kitezh, which is on ulitsa Petrovka close to the Boulvarni and on the side of the Modern Art museum. Been there a number of times with guests, customers, etc. It's at a 30-40$ per person level drinks included. Food is certainly much better than Yolki Palki or Korchma, nicely presented and good quality. Great kvas, not outrageous on the wine prices. You can sit outside or down in the basement inside. Take all major credit cards.

U pirosmani, which is by Novodevichi monastir. Dining experience with some Russian live music. Kitchen is very good, easy to order the typical major numbers of zakuski's etc, which in the end make you wish you didn't order a main dish. But, the bill adds up and you easily get up to higher than 50$ per person. Take visa and mastercard (only started recently with taking cc).

Josh V
26-07-2005, 10:52
Two restaurants come to mind,

Kitezh, which is on ulitsa Petrovka close to the Boulvarni and on the side of the Modern Art museum. Been there a number of times with guests, customers, etc. It's at a 30-40$ per person level drinks included. Food is certainly much better than Yolki Palki or Korchma, nicely presented and good quality. Great kvas, not outrageous on the wine prices. You can sit outside or down in the basement inside. Take all major credit cards.

U pirosmani, which is by Novodevichi monastir. Dining experience with some Russian live music. Kitchen is very good, easy to order the typical major numbers of zakuski's etc, which in the end make you wish you didn't order a main dish. But, the bill adds up and you easily get up to higher than 50$ per person. Take visa and mastercard (only started recently with taking cc).

Halyavshik
26-07-2005, 10:58
Pirosmani, in my opinion, reached its heyday and has been in decline since like 2000/2001. I took my bosses there a year go and found really shoddy service. Food was alright, but trying to ask what they recommended, etc, was like pulling teeth. Maybe I just found them on a bad day, but it certainly seemed to lack the 'zing' it had in the 90's.

Of course, it is convenient to hit after Novodevichye graveyard/monastary.

Viagra Girl
29-07-2005, 04:25
Kitez is not bad, but Pushkin is much better

Viagra Girl
29-07-2005, 04:28
Georgian - Kavkazskaya plennitsa - super!
And Oblomov