Restaurant News

Valentine's Day promotions are already being offered for those wishing to sign up early. The Ritz-Carlton is preparing its first such celebration since it opened last year with two different evening packages. The Valentine Rose offer includes dinner for two consisting of seven courses in the Jeroboam restaurant, rose champagne and a lottery draw for a one-carat diamond. The Romantic Voyage includes champagne, sushi and sashimi in the O2 Lounge followed by a three-course meal in the Caviaterra restaurant, plus a prize drawing of a weekend for two in one of the hotel's luxe rooms or a certificate for two to spend a "Spa Day" in the ESPA spa center. Coffee, cognac and chocolate will be provided in the Lobby Lounge. Both of these special offers cost 30,000 rubles per couple. Call 642-7072 for reservations.
3 Tverskaya Ul., 225-8400, M. Okhotny Ryad.

The Marriott hotels are also marking the occasion with a series of promotions. The Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel has two dinners planned: one in the Polo Club restaurant including, among other dishes, a seafood platter as well as a half-bottle of French champagne, for 12,300 rubles per couple; and another in the Aurora restaurant featuring, among other dishes, a dessert platter and two glasses of French champagne, for 8,200 rubles per couple. The Marriott Grand Hotel will be offering a special Valentine's Day menu at 7 p.m., with a glass of French champagne and live music in the Grand Alexander restaurant for 3,600 rubles per person. Also starting at 7 p.m., the Marriott Tverskaya's Gratzi restaurant is to serve a Valentine's Day buffet, which includes a glass of French champagne, live music and a rose for every female guest. The cost is 3,000 rubles per person (10 percent discount for Marriott Exclusive Members).
Marriott Royal Aurora:
11/20 Ul. Petrovka, 937-1000, M. Teatralnaya.
Marriott Grand Hotel:
26/1 Tverskaya Ul., 937-0000, M. Mayakovskaya.
Marriott Tverskaya:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ul., 258-3000, M. Belorusskaya.

As in previous years, French restaurant Riviere is also celebrating Valentine's Day. Besides a blanket of rose petals (pictured), the restaurant plans live music from a harp, flute and cello trio, plus free champagne for guests. A special menu of both savory and sweet dishes is also to be prepared.
4 Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya Ul., (499) 243-0977, M. Kievskaya.