Modern Eats at Grossbif

MTGrossbif's light and airy feel is different from the average grill house.
Grossbif is a good example of why people living in Moscow's outer suburbs no longer need to look downtown to find a fine restaurant experience. Ulitsa Udaltsova may be far from the center, but this part of town does have its charms. Situated inside a small retail center that neighbors the large and pleasant Park Imeni 50-Letiya

Oktyabrya, Grossbif is perfectly placed for a relaxed meal after a day strolling in the park. And Grossbif is a relaxed kind of place. It sports a modern and fairly minimal design, with large windows facing onto a nicely landscaped courtyard that give the restaurant an airy atmosphere. An open kitchen runs along the length of the first room, which leads out to the second hall. A plasma screen shows neither nature documentaries nor Fashion TV, instead it shows cooking shows, which certainly makes for an interesting twist. Overall, it is fairly reminiscent of the Dymov No. 1 chain.

Like Dymov No. 1, Grossbif positions itself as a grill house and, naturally, it offers a large range of meaty dishes. The star of the menu would have to be the enormous "Grosbeef," a 1-kilogram Cote de boeuf steak served with vegetables, deep fried potatoes and three sauces (2,300 rubles) -- the menu recommends that this dish be split between two. A grilled strip loin steak with potato gratin and sauteed oyster mushrooms costs 890 rubles, while a filet mignon of Australian Angus with a madeira glaze and gnocchi romaine goes for 950 rubles. The grill section of the menu lists more than a dozen seafood and meat options, all priced by the 100 grams and coming with three different sauces. Grill options include beef tenderloin (400 rubles), rib-eye (350 rubles), venison (350 rubles), scallops (350 rubles) and Kamchatka crab (500 rubles).

Draft beer starts at 140 rubles for the Grossbif house beer, and there is also a collection of more than 500 wines.

Grossbif: 42 Ul. Udaltsova, 967-6607, noon-midnight, M. Prospekt Vernadskogo.