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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Restaurant News

Courtesy of Gelsomino
St. Valentine's Day continues to catch on in Moscow's restaurant scene. Like the vast majority of the capital's eateries, the Novikov Group's restaurants can't resist the inexorable celebration of this day of love.

Restaurant Uzbekistan is to feature a full program, starting at 7:30 p.m. when "angels" are to greet every couple with hugs and kisses. A nurse is to measure guests' blood pressure and pulse -- checking for the vital signs of love -- and a live band is to play hits of the 1970s and '80s. Besides a special menu for the evening, the restaurant promises every couple complimentary champagne, wine and strawberry torte. Galereya is planning an acoustic concert by ex-Smash star Vlad Topalov, starting at 10 p.m. From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Piramida is to host DJ Sasha Vibe. The cafe promises a gift for every couple. China Club is creating several new dishes for the one night only. Ju-Ju is to give every couple a special cocktail called Roza Vetrov -- a mixture of champagne, berries and white chocolate mousse. Market is offering every couple free champagne and, with tea, a special heart-shaped biscuit soaked in an "aphrodisiac" syrup. Sirena will not be skipping the champagne either, and is also planning to give every lady a cyclamen or rose in a tiny flowerpot.

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The Gelsomino karaoke club recently opened on Ul. Petrovka. The club and restaurant is named after a character possessing a magic voice in the Italian children's writer Gianni Rodari's "Gelsomino in the Country of Liars." The club plans to work its own brand of magic on guests' voices using the wonders of modern technology to ensure that even the weakest of vocalists will not spoil other diners' appetites. Besides concerts by well-known performers, karaoke classes are planned. The menu features European and Japanese cuisine. Appropriately for a club named after a children's character, there are to be special children's parties with clowns and special children's menus.

21 Ul. Petrovka, 506-8506, M. Chekhovskaya.

Fans of Vietnamese cuisine living in the south of the city no longer need to trek into the center to get their fix of pho. Viet Cafe No. 2 has opened on Ul. Nametkina, and promises to offer all the same Vietnamese favorites found in the original cafe in the center.

21a Ul. Nametkina, 331-5100, M. Noviye Cheryomushki.