May 01, 2008

Russian Food With a Twist

At Moscow’s fashionable, year-old GQ Bar, Executive Chef Konstantin Ivlev strives to obtain the finest ingredients possible. Then he experiments with various combinations to extract new and exciting flavors, whether in sophisticated dishes that reflect classical French cuisine (as in the recipe below) or “Russian Trend” dishes – like sterlet in birch juice or herring pod-shuboy with crab – his creations are Russian cuisine with a twist.

GQ Bar is essentially three restaurants in one: a classic bar, a Mediterranean room, and an Asian room. You can order Mediterranean, Asian, or Russian Trend dishes in any of them. And of course there is a bar with an extensive list of wines from all over the world. GQ Bar is restauranteur Arkady Novikov’s second partnership with Condé Nast publishing house, and its décor – blown-up GQ magazine covers on the walls – reflects the style of its namesake. Muscovites will tell you that GQ Bar is the place to see and be seen – though certainly not with a week-old manicure or in last season’s dress.


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