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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beers by the Bolshoi

MTBurgomistr has taken over the former location of Marinad and SV.
Given the frequency with which restaurants open and close on the patio opposite the Bolshoi Theater, it would seem that the rents charged must be very high indeed. And that would only be natural, given that the location is close to ideal. The raised outdoor dining area provides a pleasant view and is in close proximity to the area's numerous sights. It's hardly surprising that the recently opened Burgomistr -- like its predecessors in this location -- attracts a lot of tourists.

Besides the location, part of its appeal to tourists would have to be its safe choice of format -- nothing could be less threatening than a German-style beer restaurant. Safely within their comfort zones, out-of-towners can choose from a familiar range of Euro grub. There are various plates of assorted nibbles, such as a mixed fish plate (320 rubles), a "Butcher's Shop" mixed meats plate (310 rubles) and mixed smoked meats (500 rubles). A cheese plate goes for 320 rubles. There are five varieties of sausages on the menu (all 300 rubles) plus a 900-gram assortment of German sausages (900 rubles). Other nonchallenging options include T-bone steak (1,480 rubles), hamburgers (300 rubles), cheeseburgers (300 rubles), salmon steak (450 rubles), grilled sea bass (520 rubles) and grilled king prawns (640 rubles).

Being a beer restaurant, the range of draft beer is impressive. Besides three Czech beers (Krusovice light and dark 220 rubles a half-liter, Staropramen 150 rubles a half-liter), there are a couple of British beers (Tennent's, 240 rubles a half-liter, and Boddington's, 240 rubles a half-liter) and a couple of unfiltered (Hoegaarden, 280 rubles a half-liter, and Franziskaner, 280 rubles a half-liter), plus Spaten (230 rubles a half-liter), Leffe dark (240 rubles a half-liter) and Sibirskaya Korona (140 rubles a half-liter).

Burgomistr seems to have hit on a winning formula and is having no trouble filling its tables -- weekends and weekdays alike. At least during the summer tourist season.

5 Teatralnaya Ploshchad, Bldg. 2, 698-2702, noon-midnight, M. Teatralnaya.