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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Restaurant Bites

The Duke of Fine Dining

Named by Kommersant one of the top five Moscow restaurants of 1998, Le Duc is a classy French place in the same building as Shinok. Mostly French and Russian clientele pack it even on a week night.

The interior is like a gothic cathedral, complete with a faux organ. The atmosphere is extremely formal, with many waiters dressed in tails and white gloves hovering around. They even bring out the bread on a special cart and explain all the different varieties before slicing it for you. On our visit, we found the service a little too overbearing.

For first course, the warm goat cheese is excellent. The sturgeon main course has a sauce that is a bit too salty and strong, but the beef is perfectly cooked, as is the pike perch in spinach.

Desserts are also good, especially the chocolate souffle with pistachio ice cream.

Expect to pay at least $100 per person for three courses and wine.

Le Duc. 2 Ulitsa 1905 Goda. Tel. 255-0390. Open from noon, kitchen closes at midnight. Metro: Ulitsa 1905 Goda. Credit Cards: V, AE, MC.

- Sarah Karush