Lucky No. 7 at Thai-Thai

MTThai-Thai's interior is a small but cozy nook in red and gold.
Its seems that just about every Moscow sushi bar these days has a few Thai dishes on the menu, or at least a coconut-milk soup. But Thai restaurants are still not all that common in this city, so it's good news when a new one does open that offers full range of Thai dishes.

Thai-Thai, which recently opened on the location of the now-defunct Zig Zag restaurant, calls itself a cafe, although its opulent interior certainly resembles something you would find in a more upmarket Asian restaurant. The color scheme features lots of gold and deep rich reds. The gold ceiling is patterned with flowers, while the red walls are decorated with a paisley-like design. There are various carved wooden figurines about the place, such as elephants and the like. A plasma screen showing marine documentary footage makes for a nice change from the usual Fashion TV.

While the interior may be rather posh for a cafe, the menu features down-to-earth cafe prices. The popular favorites are all accounted for, including the soups tom yam koong (257 rubles), tom yam gai (207 rubles) and tom kha gai (227 rubles). Of course, there is a good range of satay sticks: beef (257 rubles), calamari (257 rubles), pork (207 rubles), tiger prawns (307 rubles) and chicken (207 rubles). Pad tai costs 207 rubles, while the Thai fish cakes (257 rubles) are rather confusingly described on the menu as pieces of fish in red curry prepared in a fry pan but are nonetheless an good rendition of the old favorite. Curries include red curry with pork (227 rubles), red curry with fish (257 rubles), green chicken curry with coconut milk (257 rubles) and interesting sounding red curry with beef and pumpkin (257 rubles).

Draft beer prices start at 107 rubles for a half-liter of Zolotaya Bochka, while Krusovice Dark goes for 167 rubles and Blanche de Bruxelles -- the only beer available on a recent visit -- costs 217 rubles. Intriguingly, all prices on the menu end with a seven, presumably for good fortune's sake. With any luck, Thai-Thai will be around longer than Zig Zag was.

4 Ul. Pokrovka, Bldg. 1, 510-1813, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Kitai-Gorod.