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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Lunch Spot at Last

MTTil is a welcome addition to restaurant-deprived Marina Roshcha.
Moscow has seen its fair share of office redevelopment in recent years. Areas that were once ugly industrial wastelands occupied by hulking factories and vast warehouses are now newly created office spaces attracting businesses that lack the finances for downtown digs.

Unfortunately for the worker bees toiling in such areas, the local infrastructure doesn't always keep pace, leaving no choice but to eat in the company's canteen.

Occasionally, like sunshine on a rainy day, a small restaurant appears, providing much-needed nourishment in the middle of these culinary deserts -- Til is one such ray of sunshine.

On a backstreet amid tire-retreading firms and the like, Til might not seem to have much potential patronage -- but hidden inside Marina Roshcha's industrial blocks work countless professionals.

The restaurant's interior is a light-and-bright antidote to the surrounding gray neighborhood, while the menu offers a general selection with enough unusual options to keep it interesting. Salads include tuna, tomato, artichoke, quail eggs and sweet onion with mustard and olive-oil dressing (320 rubles) and a green salad mix with celery, tomato, mozzarella and green olives with a basil sauce (320 rubles). Hot snacks include chicken wings (260 rubles) and a crunchy baguette with Thai chili sauce, bacon, prawns under an Emmental cheese crust (210 rubles).

Mains include grilled sea bass (620 rubles), salmon marinated in soy sauce, ginger and sesame (380 rubles), rib-eye steak (560 rubles) and duck breast with port and cherry sauce (490 rubles).

Til is nominally a beer restaurant and does have a fine selection of brews. Besides locally brewed Sibirskaya Korona (70 rubles a half-liter), Fosters and Carlsberg (both 120 rubles), more interesting choices include unfiltered Kronenbourg, Paulaner dark and light unfiltered, Blanche de Brussels and Beamish stout (all 180 rubles). To go with it, a 400-gram beer snack plate with cheese balls, calamari, onion rings, prawns and fried salmon pieces with teriyaki sauce costs 490 rubles.

47 Sushchyovsky Val Ul., Bldg. 1 (enter from 1st Yamskaya Ul.), 232-4551, noon-midnight, M. Savyolovskaya.