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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Silver Screen Supper

MTWith its low-key cinema theme, Lumiere is an elegant place to dine.
Lumiere has moved into the premises of the now defunct Beatles-themed Liverpool restaurant, which had seemed to be on the way out for some time, given that it was always closed for banquets.

The basic interior of the new restaurant has changed little. The walls are clad in dark wood paneling, there's a fireplace, faux glass skylights and a large bar. If it weren't for the numerous turn-of-last-century photographs and other knickknacks invoking the restaurant's namesake cinematographic brothers -- and a large screen constantly showing movies -- it would be easy to mistake the eatery for an upmarket pub.

The menu is anything but pub-like, however. The selection is largely classical European, with an accent on Italian. Typical salads include sardine (390 rubles), calamari (390 rubles) and the ubiquitous tomato and mozzarella (450 rubles). For cold starters, there's the ever-popular beef carpaccio (480 rubles) and tuna tartare (700 rubles), while hot starters include baked eggplant with goat cheese (420 rubles) and foie gras with berries (750 rubles). Soups include noodles with forest mushrooms (220 rubles), potato with bacon (250 rubles) and a refreshing gazpacho with prawn salad (310 rubles).

The pasta and risotto section beefs up the Italian contingent with six different options, including spaghetti with crab meat (950 rubles), fettuccini with smoked salmon (450 rubles) and risotto with mushrooms (380 rubles).

Mains include lamb with lentils (800 rubles), duck breast with marmalade (800 rubles) and some tasty seafood dishes -- Thai-style salmon (680 rubles), served in a banana leaf that is not to be eaten, and black cod with vegetables (950 rubles).

The wine starts at around 240 rubles a glass, but the real pocket shocker is the Norwegian Voss sparkling water. It comes in a fashionable cylindrical glass bottle designed by one of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren's designers -- and so it should, costing 280 rubles for a 375-milliliter bottle.

40 Ul. Bolshaya Ordynka, 933-6236/43, 9 a.m.-midnight, Sat. & Sun. noon-midnight, M. Polyanka.