Aist is one of the trendiest restaurants in Moscow, of that there is no doubt.
Called Aist, meaning ‘stork’, after a statue of storks that stands outside and a famous Soviet cafe that used to be situated here, it is a newly built two-storeyed building.
On the first floor is a stylish café area great for Sunday mornings or long lunches; cupboards with books and magazines, flowers in vases, ornate chandeliers, low velvet and chocolate leather chairs abound, there’s also a separate cigar area.
On the second floor there is a fine dining restaurant serving haute cuisine in more formal surroundings of raspberry organza and high backed sofas. The separate menus on both floors are created by a Sicilian chef and this is some of the best Italian food to be found in Moscow.
In the summer a terrace will open on the roof of Aist, providing a fantastic view of the city centre.