Brews With Fine Views

MTBeyond the glass wall of Dubinin is a stimulating urban landscape.
Dubinin is not your typical beer restaurant. There are no tacky knickknacks strewn about the place, no fireplace in the corner. And the wait staff doesn't wear lederhosen or any other cutesy national costumes.

Instead, the interior is thoroughly modern and spacious. The furnishings are straightforward and the overall feel is slick and stylish. Its best asset, however, would have to be its wall of windows, which provide great panoramic views across to Swissotel.

As is quickly becoming standard practice in Moscow's beer restaurants, Dubinin sells its own draft house brew, here priced at 110 rubles a half-liter. Other inexpensive options include Sibirskaya Korona, filtered and unfiltered, both 120 rubles a half-liter. Pricier choices include Spaten (180 rubles a half-liter), Starobrno (165 rubles), Levenbroi (150 rubles), Hoegaarden (190 rubles) and Krusovice dark (165 rubles).

The beer snack selection is decent with such nibbles as garlic toasts (210 rubles), calamari rings (230 rubles), chicken wings (260 rubles) and boiled prawns (250 rubles). As is de rigueur in the city's alehouses, there is a set of specialty house sausages such as pork (320 rubles), beef (320 rubles), beef and lamb (320 rubles) and a Dubininsky meter-long pork sausage (580 rubles) -- all with mashed potato and sauerkraut. There is also a large selection of Jamon hams (190 to 1,000 rubles).

From noon to 4 p.m. there are two business lunch deals available -- 240 rubles buys either a salad or soup plus a main and a beverage, while 290 rubles gets salad, soup and a main plus a beverage.

7 Kozhevnicheskaya Ul., Bldg. 1, 235-3108, 238-8224, noon-midnight, M. Paveletskaya.