At Varvary (Russian for "barbarians"), the celebrity chef Anatoly Komm gives the traditionally quite hearty Russian cuisine a very artistic and creative spin, playing with textures and ingredients in what he calls "gastronomic theater." That staple of the Russian diet, beet, cabbage, and potato borscht, is turned into a blended sauce to pour over a ball of sour cream with herbs, and served with the veal sweetbreads. If you are in the mood to splurge, try the nine-course tasting menu with wine pairing for RUB12,000. All the ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal, so the menu is constantly changing. Tastings, held in evenings, require a reservation. The interior, designed by Philippe Starck, gets its drama from dark crystal chandeliers and a black, red, and white color scheme.
8A Strastnoy Bulvar
Our Rating Neighborhood Strastnoi Boulevard Hours Daily noon - midnight Transportation Metro: Chekhovskaya Phone 495/229-2800 Prices Main courses RUB850–RUB4,000 Cuisine Type Russian Web site Varvary
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