This year the famous Ribambelle brand turns 10 years old. We tell how the little dream of two young moms turned into a festive network of restaurants and cafes for the whole family.
The iconic Ribambelle restaurant opened on September 6, 2012 in the large Vremena Goda shopping center on Kutuzovsky Prospekt. It was the first high-end family restaurant in Russia to successfully combine fine dining with children’s cartoons: while adults indulge in culinary delights, professional animators take care of the children.
The founders of Ribambelle, Yulia Fedorishina and Oygul Musakhanova, were young mothers at the time who discovered that there were not enough places in the capital where they could spend comfortable time with their babies. They decided to join forces and came up with a large-scale project with a daily entertainment program for children and the opportunity to organize large family celebrations with broadcast programs. The name comes from the French language: ribambelle d’enfants translates as “a bunch of men”. Today, there are already four chain restaurants and cafes in Moscow, but the first Ribambelle in Kutuzovsky remains the most festive and large-scale – its area is 900 square meters. Μ.
The interior of the Ribambelle restaurant in the “Seasons”
The second restaurant of the chain appeared in Aptekarsky Ogorod 8 years ago: on two floors there are many rooms, including those for private events, a cooking studio, a workshop, as well as a city for children with tiny houses, a supermarket and a hospital where you can play fun and safe. More recently, a new dressing room and ball pool opened here. As with Ribambelle, there are plenty of games and entertainment, and of course, professional animators work with children who keep them busy with games, dancing, missions and other activities throughout the day. Parents can give the child to the playroom without feeling guilty and without worrying about his safety: all animators undergo special training in child psychology and protection from injuries and falls.
In their spare time, adults can eat safely, relax, make friends or work. During spring and summer, it has a terrace overlooking the botanical garden, which has its own free access to the garden, where outdoor activities take place when the weather is nice. And there is also a summer camp at the Ribambelle base in Aptekarsky, where you can leave the kids for the whole day. The cost of visiting cities for children, creative and culinary master classes is different depending on the location and the day of the week.
Ribambelle restaurant in Aptekarsky Ogorod
In 2020, the owners decided to slightly change the form of the new facilities – to make them more concise, but at the same time comfortable. Thus appeared the urban cafe Ribambelle in Khamovniki and a year later, in 2021, another – in the residential complex “Heart of the Capital”, in Shelepikhinskaya Embankment. These two family cafes are affectionately called “babies” on the net – they differ from their official predecessors due to their intimacy and updated light Scandinavian-style design. The play areas here are small, but full, of ecological toys made of natural materials. In the cafe, locals can drink coffee, work on the computer or enjoy a snack – breakfast is prepared here all day.
The network plans to develop and open festive restaurants and small cafes not only in Moscow, but also in cities that number in the millions across Russia and neighboring countries. By the way, in 2020, a large Ribambelle restaurant appeared in Kazakhstan.
The interior of the Ribambelle cafe in the residential complex “Heart of the Capital”
The main menu at Ribambelle is very gastronomic: it includes hits from world cuisines such as Caesar salad or tom yum, and author dishes by chain chef Maxim Kuklenko. This way, each member of the family will find something for themselves or, conversely, something new when you want to experiment. Each restaurant has its own kitchen, where all dishes are prepared under the knife. Several times a year, the menu is updated according to the season: here you can find light dishes from the first vegetables and berries in the spring or dishes with pumpkin in the fall.
All the restaurants of the chain have of course a children’s menu, which has been shaped over the years. It has the top dishes that children will definitely like: puree with cutlet, various kinds of soups, pasta, french fries. At the same time, all dishes are balanced in composition of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, including omega-3. Great attention is also paid to the quality of the ingredients: all products are as fresh as possible and have mandatory quality certificates. Food is prepared according to fully tested recipes, without artificial additives, dyes and preservatives.
Too often, kids and parents want to eat their favorite chicken or fish cutlets, cheesecakes or pasta at home, like at Ribambelle, so now you can buy gourmet and frozen foods here. At home, you just need to take them out of the vacuum pack and cook them in your kitchen for a few minutes.
The Ribambelle menu has something for every member of the family.
What is a party without cake and sweets? At Ribambelle they always made sweets, but a year ago they opened their own patisserie, where they make large volumes of sweets for cafes and restaurants, as well as amazing cakes to order, including gluten-free and sugar-free. More than 30 people knead the dough, bake, prepare various fillings. And then there is a group of decorators who bring fantasies to life: they create a variety of edible shapes and sculptures. There are 300-400 orders a day – from cakes to something more monumental. a cake of incredible complexity can be made in one day. For example, when preparing a cake for a wedding weighing a hundred kilos, almost two meters high – usually such large-scale cakes are assembled directly on the site by decorators and confectioners. And for all the holidays – Easter, March 8, New Year – the experts come with special collections of sweets that you can buy in restaurants: these are Easter cakes and pastries, gingerbread and gingerbread, meringues and pasta.
Cakes made by Ribambelle teachers
During the pandemic, the Ribambelle online store began to grow actively, where it was possible to order not only food at home, but also kits for children’s creativity and even small entertainment programs. In addition to festive cakes and desserts, the order included additional balls, candles, garlands, and even an animator.
Ribambelle has a production center that organizes turnkey vacations at restaurants and home visits. There are more than 60 scenarios in the database: parents just have to say what their child dreams of and the team led by the creative director will carry out all the fantasies – from decorating the buffet table with food and the photo area with favorite characters in cartoon programs or a serious dinner with seating arrangement. Lama, deer, and even … dragons can come on vacation. Recently, a huge dragon was made for the Avatar theatrical party, which was ridden by an adult and two other children at the same time. Such unique supports are made especially for each program, as well as costumes, so that the holidays turn into a real fairy tale with a fascinating story, with actors-heroes invited to parties that save the world together and make the Earth a better place.
The little visitors of Ribambelle with animators
On April 29, the Ribambelle at the Apothecary Garden will host a family-friendly party called Jumanji, dedicated to the start of the warm season, the opening of a new venue and terrace. A bright three-hour interactive program, gifts for children, delicious delicacies and a meeting with a mammoth are waiting for young and old!