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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Restaurant News

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Local press has reported that the super-elite club brand M1NT has set its sights on opening an affiliate in Moscow. The CEO of M1NT, Australian entrepreneur Alistair Paton, said Roman Abramovich encouraged him to choose Moscow as the next location after the successful openings in London and Hong Kong, an Australian Associated Press report said. "The emerging markets are the places to be -- the likes of New York and Paris are just too fickle and not ready for anything like this," Agence France Press quoted Paton as saying last year. The club calls itself a shareholders bar -- the first 250 potential members buy from $50,000 to $500,000 worth of shares in the club, thus becoming owners. They then receive free entrance and bonuses plus a share in the bar's profits. Needless to say, these bars are exclusive -- the Beckhams reportedly had their membership application turned down.

For those who couldn't get away over the New Year's break, the recently opened Glavkurort offers a taste of what you missed out on. Designed to recreate a Black Sea resort, it has murals of seaside scenes, replicas of retro bars and a grill stand. The menu offers a mix of Soviet and Georgian dishes, such as lobio beans (70 rubles), shashliks (170 to 360 rubles), doktorskaya kolbasa with omelet (120 rubles) and blinis with sour cream (60 rubles).

13 Proyezd Dezhneva, 470-4901/7328, 186-9548/9214, M. Otradnoye.

Tuesday is now pork-rib day at Doug's Steakhouse. From 6 p.m. to closing time, 1,500 rubles buys an all-you-can-eat serving of pork ribs with coleslaw, black beans, fries and unlimited refills of Baltika.

30 Tsvetnoi Bulvar, 694-0145, M. Tsvetnoi Bulvar.

Czech restaurant Budvar has announced a French gastronomic food festival. The program's menu includes foie gras pate with two sorts of pepper and champagne with apples baked in Calvados (390 rubles), giant scallops lightly braised in armagnac with mushroom caps, sauce noire, black truffle and carrot chips (570 rubles) and fillet of Normandy turbot with crayfish meat, olives and capers under a beurre blanc sauce (1,200 rubles). The festival is to run until mid-February or perhaps longer depending on demand.

33 Kotelnicheskaya Nab., 915-1598/3124, M. Taganskaya.

Rosinter Restaurants has opened the third eatery in its chain of democratic Russian restaurants -- 1-2-3 Cafe. Unlike its two predecessors, the latest addition is a stand-alone eatery, having not been bundled together with other Rosinter restaurants into the same premises.

11 Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo, (499) 501-8005/6, M. Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo.