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The restaurant scene in Moscow continues to be on a roll, and that’s perhaps a surprising feat given Russia’s current economic woes. But there certainly remains a demographic for which life remains insouciant, and each day is to be seized like there’s no tomorrow. Although not specifically catering towards the city’s upper crust, the newly opened Tekhnikum restaurant, or rather gastrobistro, on Ulitsa Bolshaya Dmitrovka, certainly boasts has look of an upscale eatery, but is in fact a lot more accessible. It’s part of White Rabbit Family, a chain of happening muscovite restaurants led by entrepreneur Boris Zarkov, and each featuring a different format and culinary theme.

But let’s go back to Tekhnikum, shall we? Local architecture practice form designed a stylish interior that perfectly reflects its format. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows show generously off the indoor setting, and lure in passers-by. The lofty space is clearly inspired by mid-century aesthetics, but it’s paired with a variety of modern light fixtures to lend it a distinctly contemporary feel. In the back section of Tekhnikum, accessible via two archways, a large open kitchen is situated. The aforementioned archways feature a striking mural by leading Russian artist Dmitriy Aske that’s reminiscent of iconography from soviet times.

The artwork depicts chefs at work, and certainly vies for attention with the buzz of the kitchen crew in the back. Part of a new wave of stylish but accessible eateries in the city, Tekhnikum’s menu is decidedly cosmopolitan. Created by Vladimir Mukhin, a celebrated chef who supervises the culinary side within White Rabbit Family, and includes a wide variety of simple tasty bites that are all easy to combine in one dining session. Dishes include alltime favourites such as grilled chicken, skewered corn cobs, cod with mashed potatoes, but there’s also a lot to choose from in the dessert department to accommodate sweet tooths.

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