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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow River Resort

MTTake your pick: by the pool, out on the deck or on a lounge under cover.
Kak na Kanarakh is without a doubt going to be the hit of summer 2007. It may well be Moscow's best summer patio -- ever. For starters, it boasts the perfect location. Hidden down outside the back gates of Gorky Park at the beginning of the green and leafy Neskuchny Sad, it's easily accessible, either via Gorky Park, down from Leninsky Prospekt or across the pedestrian bridge from Frunzenskaya Naberezhnaya.

Of course, there are already numerous beer tents scattered about the back end of Gorky Park, but this is no beer tent -- far from it. It's more like a miniature resort, bearing a name that could be translated as "Like at the Canary Islands."

Kak na Kanarakh is built on a floating deck moored next to Pushkinskaya Naberezhnaya. It's open around all sides but one, behind which the kitchen is hidden. Rain should not be a problem -- with the exception of some of the riverside seating, the deck is covered. The swimming pool, of course, is open air. It's safe to say that the pool has to be one of Moscow's finest swimming spots, with its stunning panoramic views up and down the river and wicker chairs for poolside lounging.

The covered section is also built for lazy lolling about, with its low divan seating, linen draping and complimentary his-'n'-hers glossy magazines.

The menu is designed with summer in mind, offering plenty of refreshing options. Cooling salads include a fresh herb mix (140 rubles), assorted vegetables (220 rubles) and a cucumber salad with mint (220 rubles). Cold soups for hot bodies include svekolnik (160 rubles), gazpacho (220 rubles) and okroshka (160 rubles).

As a summer spot, Kak na Kanarakh has naturally fired up the grill. Steaks include salmon (360 rubles), tuna (440 rubles) and even ribeye (820 rubles). Grilled vegetables cost 90 rubles.

There's a good selection of wine available and one of the best selection of draft beers you'll find outdoors (Boddingtons 190 rubles, Bombardier 180 rubles, Newcastle Brown 230 rubles and Harp 220 rubles -- all for a half-liter).

This place is already getting popular -- so to be sure of a spot, it's best to book.

Back gate of Gorky Park, 223-1758, noon-last guest, M. Shabolovskaya.