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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bird's-Eye-View Dining

MTANT-25 chooses clean-lined simplicity over aviation-themed kitsch.
Fans of high-flying dining will be happy with the arrival of ANT-25. Located on the 25th floor of the Holiday Inn Moscow Sokolniki, it would seem to have been inspired by its floor number when choosing its name -- but there is more to it than that. The restaurant is named after the legendary ANT-25 airplane, which, piloted by airman Valery Chkalov, was the first to fly from the Soviet Union to the United States across the North Pole, in 1937.

The aviation aspect is fairly tame, however; this is no kitschy-themed restaurant. Besides a model of the famed aircraft hanging from the ceiling, the only thing vaguely in theme is the restaurant's height from the ground. The interior is tastefully restrained, and the real star of the show is the sweeping view.

The menu offers a selection of modern European dishes. Starters include goat cheese marinated in herbs with grilled vegetables, pesto sauce and sun-dried tomatoes (360 rubles), and tiger prawn salad with slices of mango, avocado and citrus sauce (480 rubles). Hot starters include profiteroles filled with snails, green butter and vegetable julienne (380 rubles) and scallops on spinach with Provencal herbs in tomato sauce (680 rubles). There are just three soups: green pea with pieces of salmon and scallop (320 rubles), chicken soup with vegetables and quail eggs (270 rubles) and the soup of the day (240 rubles). Mains include such dishes as fillet of sea bass in crispy rice pastry with asparagus, mango and ginger julienne (860 rubles), marbled beef steak with goose liver sauce, Bresaola chips and slices of potatoes and caramelized onion (1,080 rubles) and king prawns in white wine with fresh tomatoes and wild rice (1,100 rubles).

Wine by the glass starts at about 220 rubles, and there is a small range of cocktails and mixed drinks -- Bloody Mary 250 rubles, Long Island iced tea 360 rubles.

24 Rusakovskaya Ul., 786-7373,

6 p.m.-1 a.m., closed for lunch on Sun., M. Sokolniki.