Jimmy Li is named after the restaurant’s chef and owner. All the way from Shangai, Jimmy Li brings with him authenticity in terms of both cuisine and decor.
The retro interior is set in traditional turquoise and malachite colours and is prompted by the spirit of Shanghai of the mid 30’s. In other words, this is not where you’ll be seeing the usual cheap red lanterns, and whatever else chinese-themed food joints attempt to use as decorations to replicate the supposedly authentic vibe. This place is decorated with pop art gizmos, a traditional Chinese mural and comfy vintage furniture instead. Peaceful and a bit melancholic, it’s a perfect spot for those who want to take a break from the buzz of the megapolis. It has two dining halls, the first one might seem like there is all there is to it, when you just enter, but the second hall is actually even more spacious.
The menu of the restaurant is a reflection of Shanghai, Sichuan, Guangdong and Beijing cuisine, hence the menu is quite sizable. Don’t hesitate to order all these dim-sums, they are guaranteed to be just perfect. Some other things to try are the spicy mango and crab salad and chicken with lemon sauce with peanuts and walnuts.
Another noteworthy fact about this restaurant is the very own original wine list, put together by Vladimir Basov. The delicate combination of spicy food and sharp wine will definitely strike you as a perfect pairing. The cocktail list has also been developed in collaboration with Moscow’s best mixologists and features 8 original cocktails created just for this place.
Altogether Jimmy Li is a very different experience from what you expect when venturing into a dining adventure to a Chinese place — in the best way possible. A combination of authentic, yet sophisticated and at the same time contemporary Chinese cuisine and ambiance is a rare find.
10 AM — 11 PM
Spring roll with vegetables and mushrooms (≈$8)
Chicken kongbao with peanuts and walnuts (≈$10)
Steamed seabass (≈$18)