Ask the Chef

Jay Close
Jay Close is the Australian-American chef de cuisine at Dzhusto Banya Dush.

Best dish
"Appetizer -- bacon-wrapped plums stuffed with chevre cheese. Main course -- vegetarian burrito with assorted cheese."

Most popular dish
"Indian-style cheese and spinach palak paneer."

Favorite food
"European, Japanese, Mexican, fusion... I love it all!"

Favorite (other) restaurant in Moscow
"Tibet Restaurant on Kamergersky Pereulok."

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
"Frogs ... in France. Little tiny ones. Live goldfish here in Moscow."

Do you try to be authentic or adapt the cuisine to the local market?

Most surprising thing you've learned as a chef.
"The day you stop learning is the day you leave the kitchen for good."

Comment on the state of the local dining scene
"Lots of competition here. Good competition. Better all the time."


Dzhusto Banya Dush, 3/3 Teatralny Proyezd, 625-6836, M. Teatralnaya.

Tibet Restaurant, 5/6 Kamergersky Per., 692-0267, M. Okhotny Ryad/Teatralnaya,