A Restored Dynasty

MTUnlike its competitor Turandot, Dinastia features a lounge-like interior.
After extensive renovations, the Chinese restaurant Dinastia has reopened. Revamped by the restaurateurs behind the China City and Daikon chains, it now has one of the finest interiors to be found in an Asian restaurant in this city, as well as some of the highest prices.

Far from the over-the-top interior found in gilded Turandot, Dinastia follows a different path. The design is reminiscent of a 1960s James Bond film -- a plush lounge-like space with only mild Asian influences. The waitresses all wear retro cheongsam dresses. The color scheme features plenty of red velvet and pale jade, with water trickling down simple tiled walls. One separate seating section is curtained off by a row of gold beads.

The menu lists some of the most expensive dishes to be found in Moscow. Good things come to those who wait (and spend) when it comes to the Peking duck, as it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to prepare and will set you back an impressive 5,700 rubles. Other hefty sums can be spent on lobster with celery and shallots (4,250 rubles) and lobster tail with chili and vegetables (3,950 rubles). Moving further down the price list are a rib-eye steak Mongolian-style (1,850 rubles), and a half-dozen Fin de Claire oysters in either classical or Chinese style, which cost 1,560 rubles. Shark-fin soup with Kamchatka crab sells for 950 rubles.

Not all the dishes sport such exhorbitant price tags -- there are some dishes for under 500 rubles, such as pumpkin and dried scallop soup (350 rubles) and tofu with steamed pak choi under oyster sauce (450 rubles). There is a good selection of dim sum, including lamb and ginger (470 rubles), water chestnut, pork, egg and mushroom (390 rubles) and shiitake mushrooms, tiger prawn and cilantro (510 rubles).

A lounge-like atmosphere lends itself to cocktails, which Dinastia offers for around 550 rubles each, although some, such as Kir Royale, cost considerably more, at 950 rubles. Sun Lik draft beer costs either 220 rubles for a 330-milliliter glass or 650 rubles a for a 1-liter carafe.

29 Zubovsky Bulvar, 246-5017, noon-midnight, M. Park Kultury.