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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Unashamed Opulence

MTShampan's interior is an indulgent double serving of crystal and gold.
If you're looking for something casual, then Shampan is definitely not your spot. As the name -- Russian for "champagne" -- would suggest, this establishment is aiming to attract a high-flying crowd. The fit-out is far from subtle in its efforts to ensure that lovers of all things lavish won't be disappointed -- there's so much gold and crystal it's like you're sitting in one of Louis XIV's living rooms.

All the same, this opulent eatery turns out to be not at all stiff or stuffy -- it's actually quite chilled-out in a sumptuous sort of way. There is even a cute little budgie flying free around the dining room, creating quite a racket with its squeaky squawks.

Given its posh pretensions, the regular menu, which includes French, Italian and Japanese cuisine, features some surprisingly reasonable prices. The delicious, lightly seared pink tuna with green herbs and tataki sauce at 180 rubles is excellent value, as is the substantial serving of oyster mushrooms fried with nameko sauce for 280 rubles. Soups start at 150 rubles for a duck-and-noodle soup, up to 490 rubles for "Maurizio" seafood soup. Pasta dishes start at 290 rubles for a spaghetti pomodoro and reach 550 rubles for pappardelle with seafood. Meat mains average around 450 rubles, with the exception of the marbled beefsteak at 1,100 rubles. Seafood mains average around 600 rubles.

Shampan calls itself a DJ bar and works around the clock. From 7 a.m. to noon it has a special breakfast menu, with various porridges and cheese fritters for about 150 rubles. From noon to 4:30 p.m. it offers a lunch menu with a large range of basic dishes for about 80 rubles. DJs set the mood from Thursday to Sunday, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

12 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ul., 629-5325/7815, 24 hours, M. Biblioteka Imeni Lenina.