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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sizzling Skovorodka

MTSkovorodka's frying pan veranda, seen from the street.
Skovorodka not only serves dishes still sizzling in a frying pan -- it also serves its customers in a frying pan. The new Soviet-nostalgia beer restaurant is, you see, housed in a custom-made three-story building designed to resemble a giant frying pan. Above the entranceway is an oversized protruding handle emblazoned with the restaurant's name. The handle is attached to the pan itself, the top of which is actually the covered rooftop veranda.

Inside the pan, on the second floor, is a more formal dining area decorated with numerous pans hanging above the grill and on the walls. The sunlit first floor serves as an easygoing cafe.

Being a retro-themed place, its walls feature collages made from pages from the Soviet "Book of Tasty and Healthy Food" and other related historical printed matter.

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On the top of Skovorodka's frying pan is a pleasant outdoor dining area.
In the same retro vein, the menu features a handful of historical dishes from the menus of old Moscow restaurants, including a battered "Orly" pike-perch with tartar sauce (220 rubles) credited to the restaurant Berlin, 1972, and ministerial-style schnitzel (260 rubles) from the Hotel Moskva, 1970.

Besides such culinary flashbacks, the menu offers numerous dishes served on sizzling cast-iron hotplates, including lamb chops with potatoes and vegetables (340 rubles) and fried potatoes with mushrooms (220 rubles). There is also a large selection of chargrilled offerings such as lamb kebabs (220 rubles) and sturgeon shashlik (380 rubles).

The beer range is decent, starting from 90 rubles for draft Baltika.

14b Simonovsky Val Ul., 674-0033, 11 a.m.-midnight, M. Proletarskaya.