Fashionable Asian Mix

MTCho-Cho San features sushi and Peking duck in a relaxed atmosphere.
Neglinnaya is a pretty posh street, lined with fancy stores, self-important banks and five-star hotels. When a restaurant opens here, you can be pretty sure it's not going to be a down-market affair. Cho-Cho San is definitely no simple sushi spot, but it is surprisingly relaxed and friendly nonetheless.

The interior is fairly interesting, in a classical, Japanese-restaurant kind of way. The heavy-set furnishings are a mix of beige and black. Large, red square dividers stand by tables lined up in a row, each square featuring a circular cut-out hole. There is a large open kitchen and several small tables for two along the face of the kitchen, allowing couples to get an up-close view of the chefs at work.

The menu is divided between Japanese and Chinese, with the former getting the lion's share of space. The Japanese section has all the usual sushi, sashimi and rolls. Japanese mains include three sorts of teppan dishes: chicken (270 rubles), scallops (580 rubles) and prawn (550 rubles). Udon noodles with chicken costs 245 rubles, while udon with seafood costs 260 rubles.

The Chinese side lists a "man's soup" with seafood, mushrooms and ginseng (310 rubles), a "woman's soup" with "black chicken," dates and barberry (290 rubles) as well as the more familiar sour-spicy soup (170 rubles). Crispy lamb ribs cost 530 rubles, while crispy pork ribs go for a little more at 570 rubles. A whole Peking duck costs 2,900 rubles. A seafood assortment served on a cast-iron fry pan costs 1,550 rubles.

There is only one sort of draft beer -- Kirin, which is pricey at 240 rubles a half liter.

15 Neglinnaya Ul., Bldg. 1, 651-9352, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., M. Kuznetsky Most.