Ask the Chef

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Peter-Paul Speckert of Switzerland is the head chef at Sorry, Babushka and Prado Cafe.

Best dish
"Risotto e Saltimbocca."

Most popular dish
"Caesar Salad."

Favorite food
"Aglio e olio -- spaghetti with garlic."

Favorite (other) restaurant in Moscow
"Durdin."

Favorite (other) restaurant worldwide
"Gambero Rossa in Tuscany."

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
"Whale meat."

Do you try to be authentic or adapt the cuisine to the local market? Why?
"I do [adapt]. It is the shortest way to make guests happy."

Comment on the state of the local dining scene
"The restaurant business here is definitely on the rise; investments in a restaurant's interior and advertising are tremendous."

Most important or surprising thing you've learned as a chef or about food
"Work as a chef is pretty hard, a whole lot of stress, but I see that this profession helps you to be very creative."

Contacts

Durdin, 80 Leningradsky Prospekt, 780-5435, M. Sokol; 56 Ul. Bolshaya Polyanka, 953-5200, M. Polyanka.
Gambero Rosso, 13 Piazza della Vittoria, San Vincenzo, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy, +39 05 65 701021.
Prado Cafe, 2 Slavyanskaya Ploshchad, 784-6969, M. Kitai-Gorod.
Sorry, Babushka, 2/1 Slavyanskaya Ploshchad, 788-0615, M. Kitai-Gorod.