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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Verdant City Hideaway

MTPolly Sad's garden seems far from the bustle of nearby Belorusskaya.
Polly Sad boasts what must be one of the city center's most pleasant summer courtyards -- which is especially surprising when you consider that 1st Brestskaya Ulitsa is one of downtown's most car-crowded streets.

In comparison to Scandinavia's courtyard, which would have to be its closest rival, Polly Sad is considerably more verdant, with not only shady trees but even flowerbeds and a little grass as well. There is a covered gazebo in one corner and seating also along the front of the restaurant. Off to one side, the yard is decorated with white-painted trees strung with small glass spheres that serve as tiny vases for the flowers that they hold. The entire yard is fenced off from the street and surrounded by some substantial buildings, which helps keeps the general background roar of the city to a minimum.

The menu offers the kind of selection that you would expect to find in a fashionable Moscow cafe. Starters include such dishes as Peruvian mixed seafood cevice with mango relish (820 rubles), Venetian carpaccio of marbled beef (630 rubles) and a classical salad of ruccola with prawns and pancetta ham (430 rubles). Soups include coconut with prawn (340 rubles) and traditional French onion (310 rubles). There is a reasonable range of pasta and risottos ranging from 440 rubles, for porcini risotto or rigatoni with porcini and asiago cheese, up to 1,350 rubles for lobster risotto. Mains include such dishes as filet mignon with lobster and potato (1,200 rubles), leg of lamb baked with coriander and Tunisian dates (560 rubles) and grilled octopus with seasoned bok choi and palm (570 rubles).

Polly Sad offers wine by the glass for 280 rubles for white and 230 rubles for red. There is also an impressive selection of cocktails starting from about 280 rubles. Bottled beer costs 140 rubles for Hoegaarden, 190 for Erdinger, 200 rubles for Corona and 210 for Newcastle Brown. From noon to 4 p.m. weekdays Polly Sad offers a 20 percent discount.

41 1st Brestskaya Ul., Bldg. 2, 250-2530, noon-midnight, Fri. & Sat. noon-2 a.m., M. Belorusskaya.