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Restaurant Review

Sinatra Restaurant and Piano Bar
Leonard Nebons

ecommendation: A place worth going to, Sinatra is located beyond a small parking lot off Pushkin Square. Located at 5 Bolshoy Putinkovsky pereulok. You take a glass elevator, large enough to fit a Mercedes 600, up 4 floors and upon entering immediately think Russian Rococo, and Hoboken New Jersey. The reception staff downstairs and as you enter are wonderful, friendly, attractive and you get a feeling that they really are there because they enjoy working at Sinatra. The décor is quite shiny, white leather, silver candelabras, mini light shows, and lots of smiles. The main room fits 150, and karaoke seats 40. The name is a product of the American owner, a fan of Frank’s. Sinatra is open from noon until 6am.

There’s a bar on the left, as you enter, and the main dining room is to the right. There is a karaoke room on the 4th floor, which opens at 2am.

Sinatra features 3 cuisines, Italian, Russian, and Asiatic. The chef, Monica, comes from Portofino, Italy, and despite her lack of Russian and English leads her kitchen team of 15 in a wonderful blend of culinary delights. There are 4 bar areas in total, with 2 in the main restaurant area. The head barman circulates, and favours some vintage cocktails, such as manhattans, sidecars, martinis, and other old classics. Drinks start at 250 roubles for beer, 230 for vodka, and 300 for whiskeys. The wine list is complete with Italian, American, German, Australian and French selections. The wine list is expensive for the choices, mostly at around 3000 roubles and up. But if you get a glass the cost is 400 roubles. Head Sommelier, Sergei, knows his wines, and has picked out an international sampling to complement the dishes.

Dinner started with the Russian salad Olivier (690r). This was the standard Russian salad, but topped with crab and red caviar, a beautiful site, and quite tasty. The Italian dish was Black pasta with an assortment of seafood (mussels, shrimp, crab, Scallops) and zucchini and basil (500r). It was also tasty and a beautiful sight to look at. The seafood and vegetables, and chesses are all flown in fresh from Italy, and are fantastic. All the pasta is made in the restaurant, as is the bread and desserts, and is fresh and tasty. The Asiatic dish (950r) was Asian see-through red noodles with various fresh seafood (scallops, shrimp), with fresh sliced bell peppers. It was very tasty, and slightly spicy. Monica has a “no salt added policy”. She believes that salt is naturally found in the ingredients and is not needed to add to her dishes. A sampling of 5 desserts (230-350r) all were delicious, Tiramisu, Kostata, and the others were all home-made.

Entertainment was two-fold, with a great sound system, and state of the art light equipment. The singer was American Soul (and she can really do Aretha). Diners would get up and dance between tables, and the waitresses would dance while keeping an eye out for needs. People at the bar all seems to be dancing in place. And there are three dancers that pop up on small platforms in different costumes from time to time to keep the diners alert.

Smoking is allowed everywhere, and the ventilation is superb. Cigars are coming, but in the interim bring one and enjoy it with the various after dinner drinks (300r and up), and coffees (150r and up).

Toilets are unisex, 10 rooms, each with sinks and mini-shower bidets, and shiny. Sinatra is a place worth going to, whether for the food, entertainment, or the pleasant relaxed atmosphere and great service.

Sinatra: Restaurant and Piano Bar
Bolshoi Putinkovsky Pereulok 5
Telephone: +7 (495) 773-4515, 773 1545

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