Walking along Arbat Street we stumbled across a little sign that showed a cute crab – After 15 days in Russia we were quite sick of meat and the three of us trotted down the stairs to the second level to have a “crab” seafood dinner. This little restaurant had about 15 tables – seats maybe 50 – 70 people comfortably – clean bathrooms and very friendly service with English Menus. They specialize in Seafood – Prawns – Oysters – Crabs.
Pricing isn’t bad at all – The seafood is served in a cold platter but depends on which platter you pick – The prawns arrive hot – get the Russian ones they are big with plump Roe! – The whelk with potatoes is delicious and arrives hot, the scallops are a bit small but hot and tasty – well seasoned – the mussles are excellent and arrive piping hot and a generous amount. We went there 2 times – First time we got the platter to share for three people maybe it’s because we are asian or we just eat little and we couldn’t finish it.
Second time we ordered ala carte which turned out to be more expensive with less food so get the platter! Giant Crabs are very expensive in Thailand which can go for over 1000 roubles for 1 piece in the supermarket and here it was about 1800 roubles for a whole plate.
In many high end restaurants they serve these giant crab legs but are salty – over here its very meaty and not salty at all. I’m most impressed however with the prawns – the roe is bright and very plump and very delicious – you can taste the sea with every bite.
The have a few choices for soup, on the first visit we have the bisque which was ok but not something to order again. However on our second trip we ordered the milk crab soup and it was absolutely delicious. Milky, creamy crabby with a hint of spice. It was very very good.
We also ordered the little prawns that arrived in a small metal bucket. It was the same as those you get in the platter so i definitely recommend getting the platter as it is alot cheaper.
They recommended us a drink / lemonade – cucumber, mint concoction was just refreshing and actually really nice. We had 3 jugs as it wasn’t overly sweet and somehow the got the balance right with the cucumber lemonade and basil. Great way to balance the meal.
Upload pictures on instragram and you get a 5 percent discount. Which you can go with their free wifi. Their servers are very friendly and very nice even with limited english. It’s rare to fins such nice servers in Russia in my opinion and they really went the extra mile to help out. Definitely one of the best places to come. It’s located around the middle of Arbat street, next to a Kid’s restaurant. There’s only 1 seafood restaurant that i saw in Arbat street so not hard to find.
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