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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Thai by the Gram

The owners of the smart new Thai restaurant, Izumrudny Buddha or The Emerald Buddha, at the top of Rozhdestvensky Bulvar have had the bright idea of catering for the budget diner, too. Outside the restaurant, looking down over one of Moscow's most beautiful streets, they've set up a basic, though comfortable, summer cafe with duck, chicken and salad all going for a song and prepared by the same kitchen that serves the more expensive restaurant indoors. You buy by the gram, with 100 grams of duck costing 25 rubles, chicken for 23 rubles and chicken wings for 20 rubles. The excellent salad of marinated vegetables costs 12 rubles for 100 grams. For those not used to old-style Soviet measurements, a meal will cost you in the region of 80 rubles, topped up by half a liter of Nevskoye beer for 25 rubles.

Unfortunately, they're often out of everything apart from chicken wings, so get there earlier on in the evening.

Izumrudny Buddha, 1 Ulitsa Sretenka (entry from Rozhdestvensky Bulvar). Tel. 925-9482. Open from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Metro: Chistiye Prudy. No credit cards for the outdoor cafe.

? Oliver Ready