Conveniently located on a quiet lane off Tverskaya, close to Pushkinskaya Square, Swedish-managed Scandinavia restaurant is a perennial Moscow favourite.
rnIn summer, the beer garden is always popular for an after-work drink or casual outdoor dining – gas heaters and blankets are even provided for those cooler evenings – and the much-praised steaks are cooked on the brazier. In winter, as cold weather sets in, a bar made of ice cubes appears in the restaurant’s courtyard complete with skating waitresses.
rnThe interior is ultra-stylish, as one would expect of the Swedes, with the use of metal and wood creating a relaxing and serene atmosphere, aided by soft lighting.
rnThe menu created by head chef Per Palmquist is selective and concentrates on a few beautifully prepared dishes using imported Swedish ingredients. There is also a cocktail bar inside.
rnScandinavia is unpretentious and low key, simple and stylish. Booking is essential.