Restaurant News

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Those looking for a cozy countryside retreat for a couple of pints now have a new pub to unwind in, the Chester Ferry Pub and Restaurant. Located out in the posh Rublyovka area, the new pub is certainly aimed at the well-to-do, with its opulent atmosphere and fancy fit-out. The stately establishment boasts all the requisite elements -- dark, leather-clad sofas, purple and honey-colored wallpaper, hunters' rifles hanging on the walls and, of course, a fireplace. The menu lists plenty of British comfort foods such as fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding.

Located in the village of Nikolino, 23rd kilometer of Rubloyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse, 2nd Uspenskoye Shosse, 545-3395.

Until Dec. 6, Far East Railways is offering an Advent Fast menu. In addition to the trains' regular restaurant-car menu, there are numerous vegetable, fish, mushroom dishes such as pies with vegetable and fruit fillings, blini with caviar and fruit compotes.

Until the end of December, the wine bar Vinoteca Dissident is offering a rare opportunity to sample some of Russia's finest wines made from grapes not normally found in Western wines, such as saperavi and golubok. The special offer presents two sets. The white wine set includes two wines: a sparkling Romanov Cuvee Azov, Brut, 2003 served with fine de claire oysters and black caviar, followed by Cuvee Karsov Blanc, Chateau Le Grand Vostok, 2004, served with a pike perch fillet under a lemon cream sauce. The red wine set includes a Cabernet Saperavi Selection, Chateau Le Grand Vostok, 2004, served with fried quail marinated in Provencal herbs with a forest mushroom sauce, followed by Cuvee Karsov Rouge, Chateau Le Grand Vostok, 2004, served with venison braised in red wine with cranberries and porcini. Either set costs 1,200 rubles.

Lubyanskaya Ploshchad, Nautilus level 5, 230-5848, M. Lubyanka.

The recently completed Zhivopisny Bridge (pictured), in Moscow's Krylatskoye area, is not only to provide a convenient transport route, but also a meal with a view. The bridge includes a "flying saucer" suspended at a height of 90 meters. The dish, with a 35-meter radius, is tentatively set to have capacity for about 100 guests, with an eatery serving light drinks and refreshments. It should be operational by year's end.