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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Restaurant News

Courtesy Of Riviere
Goodman in Novinsky Passazh has expanded, annexing the adjacent former premises of Le Gateau Express. This is no simple extension, however, as the former cafe has been transformed not merely into more steakhouse, but a new waiting lounge. Now, for those who need to wait for a free table or perhaps simply want a pre-dinner drink, the new area offers a bar-like atmosphere with the same dark-wood styling as in the steakhouse itself. A cocktail menu of 46 selected beverages has been created especially for the lounge.

31 Novinsky Bulvar, 755-9888, M. Barrikadnaya.

Until Friday, Vesna is holding a special promotion called "The Tastes and Colors of Autumn." To celebrate the dying days of fall, a special menu features highlights of the season's produce -- porcini and white truffles. Special dishes include porcini salad with artichoke and parmesan (1,100 rubles), porcini risotto (1,300 rubles) and veal brisket with porcini sauce with white truffles (2,100 rubles). The restaurant, whose name means "Spring," has chosen a G.H. Mumm champagne to recommend as an accompaniment to each dish, and Tallinn-based florist Tatyana Tridvornova has created a floral composition to enhance the setting.

19 Ul. Novy Arbat, Bldg. 1, 783-6966/68, M. Arbatskaya.

French restaurant Riviere is also celebrating the season with a special. As part of the Moscow Gastronomic Festival, the restaurant is not only serving dishes featuring porcini and chanterelles, but is also recommending either white or black truffles as additions to specific menu items. The restaurant has added a new VIP room (pictured), with seating for a maximum of 15 guests, its own lavatory, cable television, music center and karaoke.

4 Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya Ul., (499) 243-0977, M. Kievskaya.

Starting Thursday, Central Asian restaurant Khodzha Nasreddin v Bukhare is to offer a business-lunch menu. From noon to 4 p.m., diners can choose from several fixed options -- a salad plus soup for 250 rubles, a soup plus hot main for 295 rubles or soup and salad plus a hot main for 395 rubles. A beverage and bread are included. The menu includes a mix of European and Central Asian dishes.

3 Novoslobodskaya Ul., (499) 973-0514, M. Novoslobodskaya.