This is an incredible space with an incredible history. The restaurant has recently been separated from the rest of the Central House of Writers with different owners and, apparently, now a different chef (someone quite "trendy" in Russia and known for molecular gastronomy, as if it's a new thing!). The wine list is pricey but good quality. The service is very formal, stiff, but not bad. However, the disgrace comes with the management. The menus printed online and even offered to guest don't reflect what's actually available. The set menu listed on the printed menu (2000 rub) has been replaced by one that is 3900 rub (on insert) and of lesser quality and interest. Gone are the caviar blinis and beef cheeks, replaced by a cutlet and a "Russian snack". I kept being promised the menu reflects the chef's famed molecular gastronomy but am entirely not sure how cutlets and a mushroom soup factor in. The clientele was sparse and almost entirely foreign, ordering likely on expense accounts. Nothing is going on here anymore, and the management keeps the old menu up to attract people into the restaurant, where they then go on to charge you double for a cheaper menu. To add insult to injury - they say they are in the "process" of changing over to an entirely new molecular gastronomy menu. Perhaps customers don't wish to be part of the process? A disgrace.
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