A brainchild of the Buro TSUM team (and its chef, Vladimir Chistyakov, personally), Grace Bistro graces the intersection of Spiridonovka and Vspolny Lane. The restaurateurs have markedly refurbished the space that had housed a few dozen food and beverage establishments before, adding vintage panels with molded décor on the high ceiling, Moroccan ornamentation on the walls, and the illumination of a dozen lights and huge chandeliers.
As for ambiance, this restaurant takes after the Buro TSUM concept. Its elegant interiors and designer menu bring to mind some of the best restaurants in Paris. What stands out about Grace Bistro is its penchant for metamorphoses: a well-lit coffee and pastry joint with a breakfast menu in the morning, it is reincarnated as a posh restaurant, with all white tablecloths and subdued lights, in the evening.
The menu features three large sections: starters, entrées, and desserts, complemented by an impressive wine list. Many of the starters are experimental (the likes of brioche with urchin caviar or duck jamon), but not so the entrées, where the spices make all the difference (the sea bass tartar and berbere tomatoes are particularly recommended). The dessert section is replete with berry mousses, cream cakes, and cheesecakes.
Grace does not get too crowded on weekdays, but on weekends, you will undoubtedly have to call for a reservation.
Ask the concierge for a reservation If you are staying at the hotel.
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