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Restaurant News
Irina Sheludkova

Breakfast at Hediard
Breakfast is served from 8 am to noon; the shop opens at 10 am. Breakfast choices are numerous and feature traditional dishes such a boiled egg for 25 rubles and delicacies like truffle omelet for 285 rubles, or 3 fritters with red caviar and sour cream for 285 rubles. There is also muesli, fruit salad, yoghurts, fried eggs, pancakes and porridges.
7 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Ul., (095) 254 1710, M. Barrikadnaya

Casual Restaurant
New Year and Christmas menu is offered from December 15 to January 15 in a price range from 13 to 45 c.u. per dish. Fois gras fried with balsamic and served with grapes (25 c.u.); stewed sole in crab sauce served with spinach (40 c.u.); fried home turkey with potato and chestnut puree served with onions and garlic (27 c.u.); piglet with apples served with rosemary, garlic, Brussels sprouts, olive oil and tomatoes (31 c.u.); veil served in wine sauce with carrots and celery (26 c.u.).
3 1st Obydenskiy Per., (495) 775 2310, M. Kropotkinskaya

Vertinsky Restaurant
New menu with Russian modern cuisine was introduced recently. The menu is created by Anastasia Vertinskaya and is based on her familys original recipes. The holiday season added a few more specialties to the starters and main course section: smoked crab meat with cottage cheese balls on quail eggs (19 c.u.); Romanesque cabbage with buckwheat biscuits and chicken fillet (13 c.u.); jellied pig with celery and parsnip roots (18 c.u.); chicken liver pate on red bilberry and apple marmalade topped with caramel jelly (9 c.u.); turkey stuffed with figs, served with glazed vegetables and fruit (16 c.u.); baked pig with boiled buckwheat (28 c.u.); smoked pork silverside with white beans and vegetables (23 c.u.). The offer is valid till January 7.
3/14 Ul. Ostozhenka, (495) 202 0570, M. Kropotkinskaya

Festive Brunches
at Baltchug Restaurant in Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow.

New Year Brunch
January 1, Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm. Price of 2,900 rubles includes meal, unlimited sparkling, white and red wines, mineral water and juices. Children up to 9 years old can visit for free. Muesli and cereals, fruit assortment, smoked sturgeon, best sausages and ham, gnocchi with gorgonzola and fresh spinach, roll from sole with Basmati rice and sauce, mascarpone cake with figs and more.

Russian Brunch
January 8, Sunday, from 12.30 to 4.30 pm. A feast with traditional Russian food to celebrate Russian Christmas will cost 2150 rubles. Wines and drinks a la carte. Glass of Champaign as a compliment. Children up to 9 years can visit for free. Borodinskiy bread, sweet pirozhki, red caviar with garnish, marinated tail of crayfish with dill; borsch; sturgeon with cream sauce; honey pie with red bilberry ragout, Romanoff strawberries, choice of French cheeses with grapes and celery and much more.

Please book your table in advance (495 or 501) 230 5500 / 230 6500
1 Ul. Baltchug, 2nd floor, (495 or 501) 230 5500/6500, M. Tretyakovskaya

1-2-3 Cafe
Rosinter Restaurants Holding just opened its multi-restaurant complex inside the Moscow Youth Palace (MDM) at M. Frunzenskaya. The complex (1,496 sq. m.) brings four Rosinter restaurants under the same roof: Il Patio, Fridays, Planeta Sushi and 1-2-3 Cafe, which is a new brand specializing in Russian food. 1-2-3 Cafe is the first fast food chain in its kind: it serves Russian food in a blend of traditions and modern tendencies. Average bill is from $12 to $14. There are 122 seating places and 3 different seating areas near the bar, at a table or in a sofa area. The menu is divided into 3 main sections. Traditional soups, pelmeni cooked in various national styles, shashlyks and kebabs, schnitzel and beef stroganoff, trout and halibut are all there. Starters section offers meat and fish assortments, home-style pickling, crayfish and seafood, also herring, khachapuri and surprises from the Chef. Desserts include pirogi (pies), pancakes with jams, compotes and ice cream. There are some pleasant surprises: your photograph will be taken and presented to you on request. Also, you will get a plate with the word surprise written on it, on which there might be.... All visitors will be presented with a small symbol of the cafe. Rosinter Restaurants Holding is planning to open soon one more multi-complex near
M. Preobrazhenskaya Ploschad (6 Bolshaya Cherkizovskaya Ul.).
28 Komsomolskiy Prospekt, inside MDM, M. Frunzenskaya

Gastronomic Festival
Moscows 1st Gastronomic Festival, organized in more than 50 restaurants from October 25 to November 25, ended on November 30th with a Dessert Ball, where all participating restaurants presented their art of preparing sweet delicacies. All Chefs were awarded with the Festivals Diploma. Andrey Fomin, the festivals general producer, promised that lessons from this debut will be implemented next year. This concerns menus mainly, which will be developed in reasonable price ranges 1,000, 1,500, 2,000 and 2,500 rubles. This will attract a greater number of people to become a part of Moscows already thriving gastronomic culture, therefore pushing it to new horizons of quality and class. The timing of this event is obvious, since only the Savoy Restaurant (recently re-opened) was listed for Russia in the Worlds Most Expensive Restaurants 2005 publication produced by Forbes in partnership with the US-based Zagat Survey company.

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