Restaurant News

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The fifth annual Lavrovy List restaurant awards were held in the Atrium hall of the Baltschug Kempinski hotel on March 29. The fashionable awards chose GQ Bar (pictured) for the Restaurant of the Year award. Other winners included the Central House of Writers, which took the Restaurant -- Legend award, and Bistrot, which was awarded for Opening of the Year.
For those still stoically observing the Great Fast, the Mediterranean restaurant In Vino is yet one more eatery offering its guests a Lenten menu. For starters, the delicacies include green and white asparagus with a cappuccino sauce (580 rubles), a minestrone salad (440 rubles) and a tartare trio of beef tomatoes, avocado and papaya (345 rubles). Soups include solyanka with forest mushrooms (260 rubles), while among the mains are tagliatelle with Kenyan green beans and cream of ruccola and nuts (490 rubles), rigatoni with a Spanish olive tapenade with grilled vegetables (420 rubles) and risotto with chestnuts and porcini (530 rubles).
In Vino, 39 Bolshaya Yakimanka Ul., 230-3430, M. Oktyabrskaya.

Almost simultaneously, two international coffeehouse chains have arrived on the Moscow market. The world's second-largest coffeeshop chain, Britain's Costa Coffee, has opened its 1,000th outlet worldwide on Pushkin Square. Teaming up with Rosinter Restaurant Holdings, the chain is rebranding the Moka Lokka chain, giving it a foot in the door, with 11 outlets across Russia. Also giving it a boost on the local market is its decision to serve alcohol, something from which its main American rival, Starbucks, abstains.
Viennese coffee retailer Julius Meinl opened its first overseas Julius Meinl coffeehouse in Chicago in 2002. Now it has just arrived in Moscow, aiming to bring the Viennese coffee-drinking culture to the capital with the opening of a coffeehouse on Myasnitskaya Ulitsa.
Costa Coffee, 5 Pushkin Square, M. Pushkinskaya. Julius Meinl, 38/1 Myasnitskaya Ul., M. Chistiye Prudy.

French restaurant Riviere is closing the northern hemisphere's oyster season with a special promotion. The restaurant has expanded its selection of oysters, which now include Belon, Fine de Claires, Tsarskaya, white pearl and Marenne d'Oleron. The selection is available to the beginning of May (when the southern hemisphere selection is to arrive) and are all only 85 rubles a piece.
Riviere, 4 Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya Ul., (499) 243-0977, M. Kievskaya.