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Zodiac

Asian gastro bistro

Zodiac

Moscow, Smolenskaya Square 2 (Smolenskiy Passazh shopping center 1st floor)
Phone:
+7 (495) 230-02-30
Mon-Sun 12:00–00:00
Cost: 1500–2000 rub
www.zodiacmoscow.ru

Zodiac has already earned an army of fans since its recent opening, and for good reason. The kitchen staff is led by award-winning head chef Vladimir Mukhin, who finished second in the 2013 S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup, and Anatoly Kazakov, a creative, young, up-and-comer. With a culinary dream team like this, the quality of Zodiac's concept and offerings is practically guaranteed.

The design is minimalistic, consisting of gray and beige tones, and lots of wood. In the middle of the hall is a giant, arch-shaped rack packed with wine bottles. Behind that, there's a wall of leafy plants, illuminated at night, which helps offset the fact that Zodiac is located inside a shopping center (Smolensky Passazh).

Zodiac also has an inner dining room and bar designed in the Nordic style, with walls partly obscured by moss, and industrial lamps hanging from the ceiling. It's a perfect setting for an intimate meal or a celebration with close friends.

The menu is classic and well-balanced, consisting mainly of pan-Asian dishes adapted to the European palate. And the prices are reasonable, a welcome surprise.

We recommend: Papaya with shrimp; lotus root in chili sauce; black cod in fried kataifi dough with Thai mango sauce; and crunchy, sweet eggplant with tomatoes and coriander. Zodiac is one of the few places in Moscow where you can try laksa soup with shrimp and trout. For dessert, you'd be crazy not to order the wagashi moti, made with thin rice paper, mascarpone, and strawberries.

Cuisine: pan-Asian

Atmosphere: relaxed

The crowd: producers, white-collar workers, designers, prominent restauranteurs who frequent their competitors' establishments, lovers of fine, pan-Asian cuisine

Key info: A seven-dish tasting set is served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Price: 1,700 rubles.

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