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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Restaurant Bites

Fishing for customers

Crab House, that posh marine paradise on Tverskaya, is pulling out all the stops in the war for what's left of Moscow's restaurant patrons. A few weeks ago, the management opened a new sushi bar within the restaurant with an extensive menu. Although the chefs are Russian, they make an effort to be authentic. They even consulted with the Japanese Embassy about how best to transliterate "sushi" in Russian.

The restaurant, which sports an impressive sea-theme interior, has expanded its menu to include inland dishes, though it continues to excel in seafood. In addition, it has jumped on the already crowded bandwagon of restaurants with live music and has jazz performances daily beginning at 8:30 p.m. In courting your tummy, the managers are pretty willing to accommodate your every whim; they even provide free sushi delivery within Moscow.

One thing the Crab House is not is a bargain. While the prices are understandable given the challenges involved in providing quality seafood in Moscow, the numbers in ruble terms are a little frightening. A large platter of assorted sushi intended for one person (but could probably feed two) goes for 800 rubles ($35). From the regular menu, a marinara salad with octopus, shrimp, mussels and scallops costs 361 rubles, while a whole Maine lobster goes for 1,064 rubles.

Crab House. 6 Tverskaya Ulitsa, 292-5359/5360, noon to 6 a.m., sushi bar until midnight. Metro: Okhotny Ryad. Credit cards: V, AE, MC, JCB, DC.

- Sarah Karush