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“Next door to the Metrophol Hotel...”
Review of SAVVA

SAVVA
Ranked #54 of 15,834 Restaurants in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$52
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Neighbourhood: Red Square & Kitay-gorod
Description: Chef Andrei Shmakov’s original cuisine restaurant is located on the 1st floor of the hotel "Metropol", in close proximity to the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre. The style of SAVVA Restaurant depicts a respectable mix of history and modernity. Best samples of the "new Russian cuisine".
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Stopped by and had cocktails on the summer terrace that has a view of the Bolshoi theatre as well as the Metropol Hotel (Setting for the book A Gentleman in Moscow/Amor Towles).
Friendly, efficient wait staff.
Interior more formal than the terrace.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

At fuse because of the location I thought this would be a tourist trap, however I was pleasantly surprised! The oysters, soup, and bread was excellent. Great selection of wines and beer.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

I expected that food would be great and it was so. But I did not quite expect a great service. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Our waitress was not only lovely but she could actually genially smile, a rare quality of locals. Most importantly, she knew all about dishes on a menu, she knew ingredients, she could describe taste of the dishes, she knew cooking techniques and differences in preparations. I was really surprised. We wanted to try some Russian wine available in restaurant by a glass but were hesitant. Our waitress offered us a tasting of one red (from Krasnodar) and one white (from Crimea). Although we did not like these Russian wines and ordered Italian, but still we really appreciated this free offer. May be one day in future Russian wine will improve. We also were given a reasonable advise on a waiting time. We had some limited time for our dinner, and she advised us against a set tasting menu that would take longer.
As for hot appetizers we had “vareniki” (large ravioli) with mushrooms and “pelmeni” (other type of large ravioli) with tender duck meat and foie gras. Excellent! For entrée we shared a “kulebiaka” (fish pie for 2 people) in a shape of a fish and stuffed with fillets of salmon and of halibut. Excellent! Pie was brought in on a side table where it was cut in two portions and served to each of us with a white sauce and a spoonful of red caviar. Fish was cooked perfectly; and the pie crust remained crispy and fluffy all around the stuffing. For dessert we opted for some Estonian dish, as we understood. It was some semi-mousse/semi-kasha/semi-cream with berries. Unusual but successful experiment.
As for a cultural experience it would be more interesting for us to see Russians or other locals in the restaurant. But all were foreigners. If some Russians were there, they were entertaining their foreign partners. Mostly man, mostly business man; I believe we were only 2 women in the restaurant. We were in Savva on a cold rainy night and were seated inside. However, restaurant has an outdoor veranda with a view of Bolshoi theatre. It could be that on a nicer weather night this restaurant gets more mixed and more relaxed crowd. But the price might a prohibiting factor for non-business locals.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

First of all the service. At the beginning i asked for a beer and was informed that is only dark. So i order wine but meantime they served bier to others. Is that a language problem? Than we order blins with cavior. Was really great. Than we wait for a main dishes - really long time. So i already forgot the taste of blins. :( after another 40 minutes we get food. Dishes were really good so the salmon or duck very tasty. Just a problem with the service. We did not get any tissue from beginning, so with sticky hand we have to wait for get one. You want to be good one, you have to work more on service

Thank wrzesinskit
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Excellent food , wanderful service and elegant design . Excellent location, Fine atmosphere. very recommended .

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Thank 307suziel
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