Noodles do the talking
Chiho, which means “glutton” in Chinese, was
designed by St. Petersburg architect Yevgeniya
Uzhegova and its interior is covered with Chinatown-style
graffiti. Warning - the chef comes
from China’s Shandong province and doesn’t
speak a word of English or Russian. You can’t go
wrong choosing one of the four types of noodles
(glass, soba, udon or rice) with beef, chicken,
shrimp or veggies, from 290 rubles ($5).
Hip new exhibition space
New gallery Palisander opened its doors last weekend at Tryokhgornaya Manufaktura, a former textile plant that’s recently become a magnet for hip Muscovites. The gallery is located in a 19th-century workshop reconstructed by the architectural bureau Wowhaus, known for its work on Strelka Institute and Krymskaya Naberezhnaya. The gallery is also planning an educational program with lectures and workshops.
Smoking is still in fashion
Beef Royal is a new restaurant by Alexander
Sorkin, best known for his Motel and Mendeleev
bars. Apart from traditional meat fare (steaks,
ribs, the works), there’s pastrami, khinkali
(dumplings) with Black Angus beef for 650
rubles ($11.30) and grilled fish (turbot for 2,200
rubles). Some of the dishes are cooked at low
temperatures and then smoked using special
wood for fragrancy (apple, cherry or maple).