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Turandot, Moscow

26/5 Tverskoy Bulvar
Russia 125009
Tel: 7 495 739 0011's insider take:

Turandot epitomizes the excesses of modern-day Moscow. But that's no surprise considering owner Andrei Dellos's previous ventures: He is the man behind Café Pushkin and Shinok, a (now shuttered) restaurant that re-created a Ukrainian peasant yard—milkmaid, live farm animals, and all. Gilded, and covered in frescoes, carvings, and authentic Louis XIV antiques, Turandot looks like a chinoiserie-inspired palace lifted from St. Petersburg. The equally glittery crowd is a slice of the new Russian upper crust: oligarchs, film studio directors, and provincial nouveauxriches on a Moscow jaunt. Alan Yau, of London's Hakkasan fame, oversees the kitchen, which turns out the city's best dim sum (now a staple of Moscow's priciest eateries), including lobster tempura. There are also entrées, such as king crab in a sauce of borscht and 20-year-old Chinese wine. One of the few misses is the huge rooftop terrace (it resembles a suburban garden center filled with froufrou deck furniture), but it's still worth a visit for the wild scene of it all. If you plan on eating heartily and having more than a sip of wine, be prepared to spend at least $150 per person.

Open daily noon to midnight.

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