Coconut limoncello at Rudi, carbonated Riesling at Piri Piri Bar or girly cocktails at Bambini? We move around in the new bars of the capital looking for pleasant experiences.
Delicate sexuality on Novoslobodskaya
Lera Shulyumova and Pavel Kazmin, former co-owners of Tilda Food and Bar, which won a special Bib Gourmet Michelin Award last year, have opened an Italian-style bar-restaurant on Novoslobodskaya. Named after the sex symbol of the silent cinema era, Rodolfo Valentino.
Rudi’s open kitchen is run by two chefs: Pavel himself and Zafar Kamilov (Ragu, Glenuill). Zafar was practiced in Italy, trying to figure out what and how to make it as tasty and juicy as in the Apennines. It happened. Olives and artichokes, stratsiatella with fried radish, beef carpaccio, crudo scallop with bloody orange, sardines marinated in oil, tender parmesan shrimp, risotto, pasta and pizza are very convincing here.
Marat Shataev’s list of bars (“Northerners”, Pinch) consists of drinks with a clear note of dolce vita. You can find Italian beer, Italian gin and even Italian single malt whiskey in it. All the cocktails are named after Italian actors of the silent cinema era, known only to historians, but suddenly appeared thanks to Rudy. The most memorable is Osvaldo. The fresh aroma and flavor of vanilla-walnut, slightly caramel with a hint of coffee in this coffee milk fist confuses an unexpected difference. Viviani offers a fresh taste in an aperitif of campari, orange cardamom and jasmine tea. Serra is a lightweight version of the syringe with a drop of strawberry liqueur. Fiz De Stefano is a blend of strawberry and soda gin with a recognizable gorgonzola flavor. This pair is sure to be a success in the heat of summer. The only thick and sweet syrup of amaro, bourbon and raspberry was called Black R, and a glass of their own, very good, limoncello is poured on the steps.
Bar’s little brother noor
A wine bar that looks more like a vintage hotel lounge or a large lounge in a bohemian apartment in Petrovka is a fresh addition to the Noor Amazing Family, known for its Noor and Veranda 32.05 bars. The main thing here is not food, quite nicely made, but not so much that it distracts from the discussions of the table, not even the wine, which is generously poured into glasses and easily given from bottles (look at the wine cabinet for interest, a secret entrance to it awaits you to the left of a painted flamingo buffet). The main thing here is the feeling of a perfect party at home, where everyone has enough space, food and drink, everyone is happy, friendly and incredibly interesting. The wine list is accompanied by a collection of classic cocktails by Marat Saddarov and the opportunity to place your records in the music center that stands out in the middle of the lounge. A very good place for those who want to find their corner right in the center of Moscow. Even if you come with a bathrobe and slippers!
Cocktail bar in Krivokolenny
The bar is part of a former garage in the backyard of a house on Krivokolenny Lane, home to the Lado Café and Bar. The label of the “Eleftheria” wine glass shines sideways. These landmarks will be enough to discover this beautiful, calm and harmoniously arranged place in a minimalist-vintage style.
Alexander Timoshin and Alexander Litvinov are in charge of drinks here. The Blanc, Hydra, “Generation” that appear in their CVs inspire reasonable optimism: they mix cocktails masterfully. There are only five aperitif-style drinks on the menu: from the girly Bambini Sbagliato with jasmine and peach aromas to the light Public Americano in a wine aperitif with coffee and the full-bodied, muscular Negroni 5 O’Clock. One by one, you can drink the fresh Candy Bobber (rum, vermouth ambrato, amaro, lime and basil), which looks like sorbet, without fear of losing your face.
If people are suddenly shaken, you can order food here. In addition to various sauces, olives, mortadella and other sausages, it is worth getting chiambata with meatballs and mozzarella or bruschetta with moreles and parmesan, beef with pepper sauce, scallop with tomato or roman with parmesan. All this is cooked in a tiny kitchenette with such ease that any large restaurant would envy. Bambini generally looks like a test version of such a restaurant, quite capable of growing in size without compromising the atmosphere and the quality of the food and drink.
Dinners overlooking foreign affairs
The wine restaurant on the 20th floor of the Azimut Moscow Smolenskaya Hotel is the second wine cellar of the wine bar makers with a cozy “Culprits” atmosphere in Khamovniki. The prefix “Sky” means the obvious: a panoramic view of the city from a panoramic view. In the field of view of those sitting by the window are all the main attractions of the Moscow skyline: from Moscow State University and the City to the Stalinist skyscrapers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hotel Ukraine. The view is especially good in the evening, when the city is covered with lights.
The kitchen is managed by Yevgeny Meshcheryakov (The Sea on the Patricks) with the hands of his longtime friend and assistant Anastas Melkoyan. His writing is read with non-standard combinations of ingredients in dishes that have long been known in the stomach of Moscow: gooseberry sorbet with tartar, mushroom pate with kvass jelly, Asian Caesar type with dried mango.
The wine list is designed to be dynamic and will be constantly updated and changed. Sommelier relies on small producers, many of whom adhere to the organic and biodynamic principles of winemaking, while not changing the classic flavors. Now the map has a lot of French and Italian wines.
The bar eagerly mixes light aperitif cocktails that are great friends with a portion of pineapple tart with Italian meringue, which looks like clouds passing by the window.
For those who like to drink with a business look
The consulting company “Tsenciper” deals with the creation of new products, brands, places and user experiences. Its clients include Rostec, Alfa-Bank, Alena Doletskaya, the Vasily Polenov Museum-Reserve, VDNKh, the Russian Post and the Afisha Picnic Festival. According to this motley set, one can judge the flexibility of the company’s employees. Unsurprisingly, after leaving the office during the pandemic, the children wandered around in friendly places, exploring the potential of the city’s work environment and, having acquired a new office, turned it into a wine bar.
The menu is non-binding: olives, hummus with vegetables, green salad with poppy seed sauce, chicken katsu sandwich. This is easy to handle in a small open kitchen. But the wine list has everything a young Muscovite would want: from cremant and prosecco to orange and pinot noir. All this is perfectly drunk at large tables in the fire of friendly conversations about the eternal and the real.
“Tsenciper” is both a dream come true (who does not dream of opening his own bar!) And a way to use the space more efficiently: offices are usually empty at night and on weekends, but here life is in full swing from noon to midnight.
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