There is no place more iconic to Patriarchy Ponds gastronomic landscape than Pinch and it is definitely one of the most popular restaurants in all of Moscow. It has become an attraction point and a key eatery since the day one, and it maintains at the very top 3 years later.
The masterminds behind Pinch are restaurateur Ilya Tyutenkov, star chef William Lamberti, and the restaurant’s sous-chef is none other than Luidji Mani.
Pinch is good for every occasion. It is undoubtedly one of the top breakfast destinations in the city (served daily 8-30 to 16-00), with perfect cappuccino and croissant (~$1,5), flax seeds pancakes (~$5) , porridge of your choice (~$6) if you like to go light, or a decadent black truffle omelet with homemade ricotta (~$9) if you are after a signature Pinch breakfast.
Few of the star dishes are chicken liver pate and figs (~$13), ravioli and octopus soup ( ~$6), mussels gnocchi with bottarga (~$10) and steamed halibut (~$13). But honestly…with a chef of that level you can ignore all the recommendations and just trust your gut feeling because each dish is a carefully crafted masterpiece.
In the evenings Pinch is crowded, sexy and appealing, therefore perfect for a date. But you really can’t go wrong with this place even if you’re going solo as it has this unusual for Moscow bond provoking charm. Speaking of bonding, they have an open kitchen, so you can always just watch your food being made and, perhaps, strike a conversation with one of the chefs. The open kitchen perfectly fits into the interior – sharp and simple, rustic and minimalistic.
Mon-Sun: 12 PM- 12:30 AM
Beef tartar (≈$12)
Carrot cream soup with chicken wings (≈$4)
Chicken pate with plums (≈$8)