What comes to mind when you hear the word «thaw»? That’s right. Early spring, snow slowly starting to melt, fresh breeze, and spring flowers beckoning the sun to come out and wake mother nature up.

 

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However, for Russians it’s not just about the weather, it is also a historical period from 1950s to 1960s, when de-Stalinization in the Soviet Union began. The people started to forget about the horror of repressions, and relations between the USSR and other nations improved.

 

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To cut the long story short, both of these interpretations came to be united in the Moscow restaurant called «Ottepel», or «Thaw». It was opened in the reconstructed pavilion called «Silkworm breeding» in VDNKH, built in exactly those times. This landmark building is very Soviet-style, decorated with a colonnade and moldings with rural motives. Take a closer look at the interior too: every detail is a reminder of that period, and they are seamlessly blended into the modern design.

 

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The USSR emblems are found on the walls by the wide bar counter and the columns with cast iron signs «1956» (the date of build) surrounded by leaves and butterflies are turned into mirrored surfaces. Going back to the literal meaning of the name, the design overall has a natural feeling. Both rooms have redbrick walls and comfy fireplaces to warm up in the winter days; panorama windows provide a view over the park zone, exceptionally beautiful in spring and autumn; and a refreshing open air terrace is installed in summertime. The restaurant itself is located in the hidden corner far away from the noizy crowds, but it will come in handy in the middle of sightseeing at VDNKH or after a tour of the Botanical Garden.

 

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The menu will be appreciated by both adepts of classics and fans of exotic combinations.

 

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For the latter we’d recommend the Taiga dumplings with moose, beef and pork filling, or Confit duck leg with bulgur and sweet cherry garnish.

 

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But the most remarkable are the desserts: 11 appetizing options are available for you to choose from.

 

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Among the must-haves are the yuzu stones, made from Japanese citrus with coconut sauce and berries, and Anna Pavlova, a meringue-type savory that just melts  in your mouth.

Address:

pavilion 311, 119 Prospect Mira (next to the Green Theatre)

Hours:

12 PM – 10 PM

Menu preview:

Taiga dumplings – ≈$8

Confit duck leg – ≈$13

Anna Pavlova – ≈$7

Booking:ottepel1956@mail.ru, +7 499-650-00-28

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