Ask the Chef

Courtesy Of Yar
Matthew Cooper is the new executive chef at Yar.

Best dish
"Baked sterlet in barbecue sauce. Very fresh, simple and tasty."

Most popular dish
"Salad olivye, Caesar salad known everywhere in the world, lamb shank and sterlet."

Favorite dish
"Moules marinieres [mariner's mussels] with cream, served with a fresh crispy baguette; a good English roast rib of beef with all the trimmings -- gravy, horseradish sauce, vegetables, potatoes; Yorkshire pudding."

Favorite (other) restaurant in Moscow
"Night Flight on Tverskaya -- it has great food, Swedish chef and maintenance, and many products direct from Sweden."

Favorite restaurant worldwide
"Pacific Time and Norman's, Florida."

Strangest dish you've tried
"Ostrich, crocodile, bear meat, locusts, and durian fruit."

Is your cuisine authentic or adapted?
"Adapted. There are millions of classic recipes to play with."

Comment on the local dining scene
"The local dining scene is improving compared to 10 years ago. It still has a way to go. Not as many restaurants as abroad. Too many sushi and hookah places but not enough real gourmet restaurants."

Most important thing you have learned in your profession
"Try to be professional. Work clean. Stay calm under pressure."

Contacts

Pacific Time, 915 Lincoln Road, Miami, Florida, (+1 305) 534-5979.

Night Flight, 17 Tverskaya Ul., 629-4165, www.nightflight.ru

Norman's, 21 Almeria Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida (+1 305) 446-6767, www.normans.com

Yar, 32/2 Leningradsky Prospekt, 960-2004, www.sovietsky.ru.