Feed­ing Time at the Zoo (Beer & Grill)

Novikov ex­pands in a new di­rec­tion — craft beer

The Moscow Times - - OUT & ABOUT - By Ciara Ha­ley art­sre­porter@ime­dia.ru

Be as­sured, din­ner time at this new res­tau­rant is cer­tainly a more civ­i­lized af­fair than it would be across the road at Moscow Zoo. The only nod to the wildlife at­trac­tion is the eatery’s name and a panoramic roof ter­race which over­looks the site.

Zoo Beer & Grill is the lat­est of­fer­ing from restau­ra­teur Arkady Novikov, whose ten­tac­u­lar reach has seen him open more than 50 res­tau­rant projects in Rus­sia and fur­ther afield. The stylish decor is mas­ter­minded by pop­u­lar in­te­rior de­signer Natalya Belono­gova of Men­deleev fame. Think con­crete walls, cast-iron lamp­shades, heavy fur­ni­ture and lots of low-hang­ing light­ing. Due to the sea­son the ter­race is cur­rently a “win­ter gar­den.”

If you’re a beer-lover you’ve come to the right place—Zoo has latched on to the Moscow craft-beer rev­o­lu­tion with gusto. Along­side 20 dif­fer­ent beers on tap, there are over 50 dif­fer­ent bot­tled beers, hail­ing from Ire­land to Ja­pan. The tap beer it­self is cooled in a glass cham­ber on the sec­ond floor of the res­tau­rant and trans­ported to the bar through a pip­ing sys­tem. It’s like an adult Willy Wonka’s Choco­late Fac­tory.

The house brew — “Orig­i­nal ZOO” — is worth some at­ten­tion while you wait for your or­der to be taken (300 rubles). The res­tau­rant, as the name would sug­gest, spe­cial­izes in fish and meat grilled, smoked or roasted in the res­tau­rant’s wood oven. Head chef An­drei Re­vunov, pre­vi­ously of Black­berry and GQ bar, sur­veys pro­ceed­ings.

The pork ribs, hal­ibut and many other items on the menu are pre­pared by the chef in the on­site smoke­house. The lamb and beef shish ke­bab is par­tic­u­larly good (from 500 rubles) and beau­ti­fully pre­sented with a fresh and zesty salsa. Feel your­self get­ting the meat sweats? Pair your main with the re­fresh­ing house salad (300 rubles) which is crisp, light and tasty.

Thump­ing back­ground mu­sic makes this a fun place to gather with a group of friends, but prob­a­bly not the best spot for an in­ti­mate ro­man­tic date as you’ll find your­self shout­ing at one an­other across the ta­ble. Ig­nore the self-de­clared “mas­cu­line spirit” of the res­tau­rant, and trust us, it’s a nice, re­laxed spot for drinks and eats — zoo visit op­tional. +7 (495) 114 51 93 novikov­group.ru/restau­rants/zoo-beer­grill/ 34 Konyushkovskaya Ul­itsa Metro Krasno­pres­nen­skaya

The res­tau­rant, as the name would sug­gest, spe­cial­izes in fish and meat grilled, smoked or roasted in the res­tau­rant’s wood oven.

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