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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dinner and Dancing

MTShizgara has a low-key retro theme expressed by records on the walls.
Shizgara has the feel of an old-fashioned banquet hall revamped for the 21st century. Like any decent banquet hall, it has a large dance floor complete with flashy disco lights and a stage for the cover bands that play here on the weekends. The restaurant is spacious enough to offer a choice of dining areas, however, so escape to a more tranquil setting is possible. And the interior design is anything but banquet hall, with its fashionable chocolate-and-cream color scheme and chic cylindrical lampshades. The comfortable leather-clad seating provides a certain loungey ambiance, given a retro touch by old vinyl records mounted in frames around the walls.

The menu is a mixture of mostly modern Russian cuisine with the addition of some European classics. Salads include olivye with quail eggs and red caviar (320 rubles) and the ubiquitous Caesar (chicken 270 rubles, prawn 320 rubles). More classical Russian options include blini with red caviar (380 rubles), boiled potatoes with herring and red onion (160 rubles) and beef tongue with horseradish mustard (190 rubles). Soups range from 155 rubles for chicken noodle up to 345 rubles for cream of asparagus.

Mains include the simple pelmeni (270 rubles), baked koryushka fish with mushrooms (740 rubles), whole sterlet with vegetable risotto and cream sauce (850 rubles), duck breast with fruit under a berry sauce (920 rubles) and veal brisket with vegetables (980 rubles).

Wine by the glass ranges from 210 to 240 rubles, while the draft beer is Heineken at 130 rubles for a half-liter. Vodka starts at 180 rubles for 50 grams and goes up to 340 rubles for 50 grams of the French vodka Gray Goose. There is a decent selection of classic cocktails, such as dry martini (unconventionally served in a tumbler with ice for 210 rubles), Long Island ice tea (360 rubles) and mojito (340 rubles).

15a Oruzheiny Per., 645-5002, noon-midnight, Fri. & Sat. noon-5 a.m., M. Mayakovskaya.