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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Plov With Water Views

MTWatch rowers racing along Grebnoi Canal from your table at Tyubiteika.
Tyubiteika is an Uzbek eatery with a view -- not just any view, but a space-age super view. The restaurant is perched above the south end of Krylatskoye's Grebnoi Canal rowing course, with an enormous viewing stadium on one side, a huge, silver, UFO-like dome (the Basketball Palace) on the other, and the new arch bridge leading to Serebryany Bor visible at the end of the waterway. All up, it's an impressive sight, especially with the lines of rowing track markers demonstrating some impressive linear perspective as they merge together toward the horizon.

The restaurant has an indoor section, but the view is from the small, semi-open, outdoor huts that run along one side of the restaurant. Most of the huts house several tables and some are large enough for quite large groups. Indeed, the restaurant gives the impression that it caters for a lot of banquets.

The menu is comprehensive, offering more than just the standard Uzbek dishes. Notable salads include the kovurma sabzavot -- eggplant and other vegetables smoky-flavored from the grill with fresh sweet onion and herbs (170 rubles) -- and the classic achchik-chuk, or fresh tomatoes with white onion, chilies and basil (110 rubles).

Among the main courses, there's Tashkent-style naryn, or horsemeat served with fine noodles and pieces of horse sausage, served cold (260 rubles), as well as emir-style lamb manty dumplings (250 rubles), plov chaikhansky (260 rubles) and the house specialty plov toi-oshi, with added raisins (270 rubles). There are some dozen kebabs and shashliks (130-310 rubles) as well as a couple of fish dishes (330-360 rubles).

The tea menu is large, featuring 12 varieties all in half-liter pots (120-130 rubles). Draft beer starts at 90 rubles for a half-liter of Sibirskaya Korona but other choices include Stella Artois at 140 rubles and Hoegaarden for 210 rubles. Hookahs begin at 500 rubles.

2 Krylatskaya Ul., by Grebnoi Canal, Bldg. 2, 141-1500, M. Krylatskoye.