The reassuringly expensive 100% French cuisine at the ex-pat-owned restaurant, Carré Blanc, is well worth the taxi fare to the northern outskirts of the city – it serves arguably the best gourmet food in Moscow.
French chef David Hemmerle, who recently joined the team, weaves his magic by combining ingredients to create melt-in-the-mouth sensations, beautifully presented on ‘design museum-piece’ plates.
The chic interior of the main restaurant elegantly incorporates muslin curtains, white tablecloths and beige leather chairs while modern art adds a dash of colour.
Assistance from the sommelier is required to guide you through what is undoubtedly one of the best wine collections in Moscow. A less expensive bistro menu is available in the red bar area, and in the summer months you can take advantage of the terrace seating outside.
There are whispers of plans afoot to convert the loft into a den of iniquity. This truly relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere is France at its best in the most unlikely of places – and should not be missed.