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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Meaty Eats at Pivovarov

MTPivovarov may resemble a pizza parlor, but its all about beer and meat.
Beer restaurants have been duking it out with Italian eateries for the lion's share of new openings this year. Both flavors of restaurants have seen their segment of the market grow exponentially and it would seem that every restaurateur and his dog is choosing one of the two genres for their latest endeavor.

The restaurateurs behind the recently opened beer restaurant Pivovarov seem to have left their options open, if the interior is anything to go by. Sure, there are some barrel lids stuck to the walls and the odd beer poster here and there, but then again, the cream-tiled floor, modern banisters and lighting plus the exposed walls composed of small bricks all seem to evoke pizza parlor more than alehouse.

The menu suffers no confusion, however, offering a thoroughly beer-friendly selection. The beer-snack range is solid, with such options as a fish plate for beer (330 rubles), a smoked hors d'oeuvres plate for beer (288 rubles), boiled prawns (188 rubles), fried prawns with garlic (195 rubles), crayfish (1 kilogram for 450 rubles), Kamchatka crab (500 grams for 950 rubles), fried calamari rings (275 rubles) and chicken wings (320 rubles).

As for the mains section, this is a meat lover's menu. There are only four fish dishes (370 to 490 rubles) and a mere two poultry dishes (chicken 270 rubles, duck 425 rubles), yet there are 16 meaty mains to choose from. Sausages are the least expensive, with one of the four varieties starting at 210 rubles, and the most expensive meat dish costs 525 rubles for the "three kabana" fried pork.

Pivovarov sells its own house beer produced in the Tula region -- 90 rubles a half-liter. Other draft beers include Krusovice light and dark (125 rubles a half-liter), Spaten and unfiltered Erdinger (both 145 rubles a half-liter) and Andechs (165 rubles a half-liter).

6 Lukov Per., 625-6549/8604, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Sukharevskaya.