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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Go Overboard for Beer

MTZa Bortom's picture windows will make you feel like you're out sailing.
Thankfully, Za Bortom doesn't go overboard with its gimmicky salty seadog theme. Sure, it's got ye olde heavy wooden fittings, mock sails tied up along the ceiling and the odd miniature ship model on display -- but that's not what strikes you about the place. What gives Za Bortom its seafaring edge is the dozen or so imitation windows framing backlit photographs of nautical scenes, emanating a pale-blue glow that gives the bar a pleasant aquamarine atmosphere.

The menu is not exclusively seafood-orientated, but if that's what you've come for, you'll find a decent range. There are three varieties of prawn appetizers -- king prawns fried with hot peppers and a spicy lime sauce (720 rubles), prawns boiled with lemon and herbs (230 rubles) and the house special, prawns boiled in beer and served in a fishing net (480 rubles). Some of the other seafood offerings include fried calamari rings (195 rubles), fettuccini with seafood and tomato sauce (290 rubles) and an extravagant dorado in a Provencal marinade fried in truffle oil and served under rose-petal sauce (600 rubles).

The salad list includes some seafood, such as the house "Za Bortom" or "Overboard" salad, consisting of crayfish meat with avocado and mango under a star fruit sauce (260 rubles), and a ruccola salad with calamari, olives and garlic sauce.

For those who need their meat, there is rabbit with vegetables and plums, topped with cheese (290 rubles) and lamb ribs with mashed potato (570 rubles).

The beer range is decent, with cherry Kriek -- not commonly found on tap around town -- for 250 rubles a half-liter, as well as the equally uncommon Andechs dark or light unfiltered brews for 185 rubles. There's also Spaten (200 rubles a half-liter), Krusovice light or dark (180 rubles), Blanche (180 rubles), Kozel (90 rubles) and Zolotaya Bochka (80 rubles).

10 Nizhnyaya Radishchevskaya Ul., Bldg. 1, 915-6206, 11 a.m.-midnight, Thu., Fri., Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m., M. Taganskaya.