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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Restaurant Bites

Sun of Your Life

Brasserie du Soleil has great armchairs. Battered leather ones stand in the bar with bits of stuffing protruding out.

The restaurant's not bad as well, one of those places airily designed to raise your spirits. I had a delicious magret de canard normande ($21.70) with caramelized baby tokyo apples that I could have eaten all day, an enormous portion of rich profiteroles ($7.25) and a starter of crayfish, spinach and pasta ($10.25).

It's not cheap. A three course meal is likely to hit $30 or more without alcohol but the service and atmosphere are something fairly unusual in Moscow. Look out for a decently priced wine list and a handy selection of whiskeys. There are also the somewhat cheaper chef's tips with starters around $7 and main courses around $14. There's also a business lunch for $7.99.

Otherwise the bar food (chili on fries for $3.25) and cheap Russian beer aren't bad.

Soleil Express, the Brasserie's cheaper twin sisters, have an ice-cream festival for 55 to 80 rubles ($2.25 to $3.30) running. The Tsvetnoi Bulvar branch also does breakfast.

Brasserie du Soleil, Mosenka Park Towers, 21 Taganskaya Ulitsa, noon to midnight. Tel. 258-5900. Metro: Taganskaya. Credit cards: V, M, AE, DC.

Soleil Express, 24/27 Sadovaya Samotyochnaya Ulitsa (Mosenka Plaza), Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tel. 725-6474. Metro: Tsvetnoi Bulvar. Credit cards: V, M, AE, DC.

Soleil Express, 1 Valovaya Ul., 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tel. 937-0533. Metro: Paveletskaya. Credit cards: V, M.

- Kevin O'Flynn