Go With Grabli's Flow

MTGrabli is raking in customers with low prices and a wide range of food.
The network of gargantuan Grablis has expanded once again, this time adding an oversized outlet at Semyonovskaya Ploshchad. To say that the new eatery is big would be an understatement -- the new Grabli has a floor space of more than 1,000 square meters and seating for 300 guests.

The dining room is extremely bright, thanks to the huge glass front that runs along one side of the eatery, which is housed on two floors inside a futuristic new office tower. The interior follows roughly the same design as its predecessors, with a country-dacha feel and various bright green artificial shrubs scattered about. It seems to take a leaf from the Arkady Novikov design book, with large jars of preserved fruits and vegetables displayed in rows on shelves. Overall, the design here has a slightly slicker, more modern feel than in its sister-Grablis. The staff, however, still wear outfits that make them resemble caretakers from a country estate. The restaurant's slogan translates as "park of food and rest."

As at the other Grablis, the new Semyonovskaya branch features the "free-flow" concept, which basically adds up to one enormous smorgasbord with more than 200 different Russian and European dishes. The prices are about as low as can be found in Moscow. Salads start from 20 rubles for spicy carrot, and cold starters begin from 15 rubles for piquant croutons. Mains cost a little more, but are nonetheless incredibly inexpensive. Fish cakes cost 55 rubles; chicken julienne goes for 56 rubles; draft beer starts at 65 rubles for Zolotaya Bochka.

The new Grabli's latest innovation is to be found on the ground floor, where there is a French-styled deli selling salads, pastries, fresh bread and other dishes, all for similarly inexpensive prices.

Grabli, 1a Semyonovskaya Ploshchad, 545-5808/3136, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Semyonovskaya.