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Last Updated: 09/02/2014
Metro: Kitai-Gorod

Arka

   
Unpretentious and not too expensive nightclub with a surprising location - right in the Kitai-Gorod wall, an architectural monument from the 16th century. Programs and discos go on in the halls under low arched ceilings. Cuisine is very decent European and Japanese. Only open from Thursday to Saturday.

Cuisine: International
Average bill: 3
Open hours: Thur-Sat 22.00-07.00
Address: Varvarka Ul. 14, Kitai-Gorod wall and first arch on the right
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 698-3317, (495) 506-26-65
WWW: www.arkaclub.ru

Damas

    
Splendid furniture and refined hand-made accessories make up the luxurious and intriguing interior of this Arabic restaurant. The menu includes excellent dishes of Syrian, Lebanese and Italian cuisine - for this answer two chefs, from Syria and Italy.

Cuisine: Near East
Average bill: 4
Open hours: 12.00-5.00
Address: Maroseyka Ul. 8
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 628-8080
WWW: http://www.damas-rest.ru




Etazh

  
Multi-branch chain of cafes with a democratic atmosphere. Food is decent; the menu has something for any time or desire - to quickly satisfy hunger, for dinner with friends, or lunch with a business partner. The flagship branch on Tverskaya has two options for sitting: Project which is more expensive and Etazh which is democratic. Sometimes the service in insuffcient. There is a delivery service.

Cuisine: International
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 24 h.
Address: Maroseyka 6-8, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Lyubyanka
Phone: (495) 781-91-08
WWW: www.etaj.ru

Expeditsiya

   
This Siberian house has a fascinating interior for those who love adventure: hewn wooden tables, plaster trees and a real helicopter as decoration. You can try unique northern Russian fare such as reindeer meat, arctic partridge, fillet of whitefish and white salmon, other Siberian delicaties and of course alcoholic infusions. The restaurant complex has its own banya and shop of adventure-related goods. They can also help to organise expeditions and picnics.

Cuisine: Russian
Average bill: 3
Open hours: 12.00-24.00
Address: Pevchesky per. 6
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 775-6075
WWW: www.expedicia.ru


Gans

  
A modest beer restaurant, but it occupies a historic building. They say that 300 years ago the first eating establishment in Moscow was opened here. The restaurant serves Russian, German, European and home-style food. Large choice of original German and Czech beer on tap.

Cuisine: Beer
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 12.00-24.00
Address: Yauzskaya ul. 1/15, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Taganskaya
Phone: (495) 698-58-25
WWW: www.gans-club.ru

Geocafe

   
Design here is restrained in classic style, simple yet elegant. Beige and chocolate tones dominate. The large windows that look out on the park along Lubyansky Proezd are aways shut with white curtains to avoid curious eyes. Like the magazine of the same name, Geo presents a culinary journey where 'recipes from distant countries are adapted to the European tastes of our guests'.

Cuisine: International
Average bill: 3
Open hours: Mon-Fri 10.00-24.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-24.00
Address: Lyubyansky Proezd 19, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 623-2578
WWW: http://www.geocafe.ru


Il Patio

  
Inexpensive Moscow chain of Italian restaurants. Satisfactory pizza, decent pasta, not-bad desserts. Sometimes the service is weak. You can find the full list of branch addresses on their site www.ilpatio.ru.

Cuisine: Italian
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 11.00 - 24.00
Address: Myasnitskaya Ul. 18, bldg. 1
Metro: Lubyanka, Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 632-6665
WWW: www.ilpatio.ru

Khodja Nasreddin v Khive

   
Establishment with rich eastern decor. The first hall is modelled on a square in the town Hiva, and the second on a harem. Guests half lie on low divans. The menu is no less flamboyant with its sections of lagman and plov. Bellydancers perform in the evenings.

Cuisine: Uzbek
Average bill: 3
Open hours: 12.00-24.00
Address: Pokrovka ul. 10, bldg. 2
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 917-0444
WWW: www.nasreddinhiva.ru


Maharaja

   
Indian restaurant that inspires trust with good service and excellent national dishes. Many specialities are liberally spiced which will go down well with spice lovers. The menu has a range of food cooked in the tandoor and you can order food to take away.

Cuisine: Indian
Average bill: 3
Open hours: 10.30-23.00
Address: Starosadsky Per. 1/2
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 621-9844
WWW: www.maharaja.ru

Melenka

 
A restaurant without the usual Moscow conceit. Here is very pleasant and cheap. No oneТs going to wow you with sophisticated concoctions, but this is an ideal place to satisfy your hunger. There is a buffet or you can order from the menu.

Cuisine: European
Average bill: 1
Open hours: 11.00-24.00
Address: Ul. Solyanka 1/2, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 624-65-45/51-10/78-12
WWW: www.melenka.ru


Mu-Mu

 
Tasty, homemade food at low prices. As you move along the serving counter with your tray, the main thing is to control yourself: everything looks so appeteting, you want to grab everything at once. The one minus is that at peak times, i.e. lunch time, there can be long queues. But there is also a big plus Ц wi-fi!

Cuisine: Fastfood
Average bill: 1
Open hours: 09.00-23.00
Address: Myasnitskaya Ul. 14
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Lyubyanka
Phone: 623-45-03
WWW: www.cafemumu.ru

Noev Kovcheg (Noah's Ark)

    
YouТll be spoilt for choice in this Armenian restaurant Ц the menu presents more than 120 Caucasian dishes. They say that this is the best shaslyk in town and with that they might be near the truth, since all the dishes cooked over coals here are uncommonly tasty. Dolma and basturma also deserve undivided attention. The menu also has many sorts of cognac.

Cuisine: Armenian
Average bill: 4
Open hours: 12.00-24.00
Address: M. Ivanovsky Per. 7-9, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: 917-0717
WWW: http://www.noevkovcheg.ru


Novikov Prime star

 
Eat quickly, tastily and healthily Ц that is the fast food concept of Arkady Novikov. Sandwiches, salads, soup, porridge Ц are unpretentious food that is always in demand. You can also get food to take away which is very convenient.

Cuisine: Fastfood
Average bill: 1
Open hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00 - 23:00Sat-Sun: 9:00 - 23:00
Address: Ul. Maroseika 6-8, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: 664-23-63
WWW: www.prime-star.ru

Pokrovskiye Vorota

  
A Soviet-style restaurant decorated with motifs from the film of the same name. The sentimental decoration brings to mind a Soviet flat. All-time favourite Russian dishes at practically Soviet prices, considering the quality of the food Ц the veal medallions and fish porridge with cream are especially good, as well as the homemade mors and kvas.

Cuisine: Russian
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 11.00-23.00
Address: Pokrovka ul. 19
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 917-3985, (495) 621-4340
WWW: www.pokrovskievorota.ru


Propaganda

  
It is probably hard to find a person in town who has never been to Propaganda. СProbkaТ has been going for 13 years and is a mainstay of the capitalТs life: parties start late here and people eat until 23.00. Propaganda herring, Portugese aubergines, spiced rice with chicken, Caesar salad, cheesecake Ц these dishes might sound banal, but they are special СPropagandaТ dishes, that the whole town has been enjoying for many years.

Cuisine: European
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 12.00-6.00
Address: B. Zlatoustinsky Per. 7
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Lubyanka
Phone: (495) 624-5732
WWW: www.propagandamoscow.com

Seta

  
Tiny Japanese restaurant, good for business meetings and lunch. Open till 20.00 only in the evenings and closed at weekends.

Cuisine: European
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 10.00-20.00, closed Sat-Sun
Address: Tessinsky per. 4, bldg. 2
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Kurskaya, Taganskaya
Phone: (495) 799-9708


Shangshung

  
Small restaurant in the centre of town that serves Tibetan food Ц the lighter cousin of Indian food.

Cuisine: Tibetan
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 12.00-23.00
Address: Pokrovka ul. 19
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Chistiye Prudy
Phone: (495) 624-9557

Solyanka

  
Establishment with brightly-coloured interior, located on the street with the same name, a restaurant during the day and a club at night. Just like solyanka soup the menu combines various cuisines and culinary traditions. Sunday to Wednesday is relatively quiet but Thursday to Saturday has queues to get in and strict face control.

Cuisine: International
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 11.00-06.00
Address: Solyanka Ul. 11
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 221-7557
WWW: www.s-11.ru


Staraya Ploshchad (old square)

   
Sophisticated Russian and European restaurant right in the heart of the city. It has two halls, both elegant and comfortable. As well as traditional classics on the menu, there are also intriguing entries such as elk steak with cowberry sauce and baked wild-boar ribs with honey sauce. Prices are appropriate, not too inflated.

Cuisine: European
Average bill: 3
Open hours: 10.00-23.00
Address: B. Chekassky per. 8/6, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Lubyanka, Ploshchad Revolyutsii
Phone: (495) 698-4688/4738

Volkonsky

  
One of those miraculous places that restores your faith in the potential of Moscow restaurants. Cafe-bakery with probably the best baking in Moscow, excellent salads and delicious main dishes at wholly accessible prices. Great atmosphere and cosy rooms with jars of jam, honey and the like along the walls.

Cuisine: Cafe-bakery
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 08.00-23.00, Fri-Sat 8.00-1.00
Address: Maroseika ul. 4/2, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: 721-1442, 258-5440
WWW: www.wolkonsky.com


Yama

  
The small beer restaurant in the centre continuing the tradition of that same Yama that was situated on Stoleshnikov pereulok. The menu has traditional beer classics and a decent choice of beer. At weekends there is live music wih dancing.

Cuisine: Beer
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 11.00.-24.00
Address: Novaya Ploshchad 10
Metro: Kitai-Gorod, Lubyanka
Phone: (495) 797-3191
WWW: www.yama-bar.ru

Yaposha

  
This Petersburg chain of democratic sushi-bars appeared in Moscow not long ago, but has already opened 20 branches. The menu is built on the principles of 'sushi' being everything Japanese, and 'anti sushi' being everything European. You can order California rolls and vareniki to go with them. You can find the full list of branches on www.yaposha.com.

Cuisine: Japanese
Average bill: 2
Open hours: 09.00-24.00, Fri-Sat 09.00-06.00
Address: Pokrovka ul. 26
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 221-07-19
WWW: www.yaposha.com


Yolki-Palki

 
Homely Russian cooking at low prices with folky decoration. There is a buffet with a large choice of snacks and starters. A good place to bring people who are guests in the city, if you can't spend money on an expensive restaurant. You can find the full list of branches on the site www.elki-palki.ru; there are about 40 branches in Moscow.

Cuisine: Russian
Average bill: 1
Open hours: 11.00-23.00
Address: Solyanka ul. 1/2, bldg. 1
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Phone: (495) 628-5539
WWW: www.elki-palki.ru

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