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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Veritable Taj Mahal

MTAdzhanta takes Indian dining in Moscow to a new level.
Moscow's newest Indian restaurant, Adzhanta, has an elephant's head as its logo -- which probably refers to the elephants depicted in the Ajanta caves in India, but is just as fitting for the restaurant's pachyderm-sized housings. Adzhanta is big; not just large as the city's Indian restaurants go, but huge by any measure. That's not to say it's simply a big banquet hall, although it does have one.

Adzhanta's design is palatial. There is a grand marble staircase, high ceilings, columns and even a fountain in the courtyard. Staff dressed in ornate, traditional costumes add to the majestic atmosphere.

The menu features all the old favorites at prices that match the stately setting -- 960 rubles seems to be the magic number at Adzhanta, given the frequency with which this price appears on the menu.

Cold starters begin at 330 rubles for mixed fresh vegetables with lime juice and go up to 1,200 rubles for mixed seafood. Hot starters begin at 330 rubles for vegetable samosas or mushroom tikka and reach 750 rubles for gosht kati lamb with flat bread baked in the tandoor.

Fish dishes start at 650 rubles for mullet curry or salmon shashliks, up to 1,410 rubles for a perch kebab, while other seafood dishes all cost 960 rubles. A Farsi chicken kebab is the least expensive chicken dish, at 510 rubles, while lamb starts at 420 for fried ground lamb with liver and kidneys.

The vegetarian dishes are some of the best value, starting with dahl at 240 rubles; the most expensive is palak paneer cheese in spinach sauce for 580 rubles.

Beer starts at a hefty 240 rubles for a half-liter of Czech Cernovar, and Paulaner goes for 280 rubles. For those looking for something nonalcoholic, there is a plain lassi for 210 rubles, while a mango lassi will set you back 270 rubles.

23 Malaya Gruzinskaya Ul., 609-3925/3701, noon-midnight, M. Belorusskaya.