There is a number of restaurants in Moscow that don’t get any publicity. None at all. Of course, you can find the information if you look up that specific restaurant online, but how do you find out about it in the first place? Or another scenario: the restaurant has been around for years and has just faded away from our memories with all the new ones coming up. And that restaurant is not even “alright”, but in fact outstanding. There might not be too many of these forgotten heroes, but there are definitely a few worth reminding ourselves of. Makoto is one of them.
Located in the Crown Plaza Moscow on Krasnopresnenskaya embankment, at first glance the place makes an impression of a genuine Japanese restaurant somewhere in London. It looks expensive without trying too hard. The interior is mostly decorated with wood in all possible forms — from mosaic to carving — and a massive onyx oyster bar as its centerpiece. In general, the design drastically differs from any design of your ordinary Japanese restaurant in Moscow, and that’s just one of the things that make Makoto attractive. Its space has lots of cozy hidden spots perfect to discuss an important business deal or flirt with your date.
There is plenty of food here. The A5-size menu is as thick as a textbook, and dishes are illustrated with photos. Don’t expect to find anything revolutionary on that menu — although who knows? The oyster bar is quite decent: twelve different types of oysters plus scallops, lobsters, and crab. A big selection of fish (always super fresh!) apart from the standard salmon and perch, there’s also the “scary” Kinky fish (Japanese perch) — which is quite difficult to find in Moscow. All of the starters are worth considering, but especially the phenomenal marbled beef tartar with quail egg and pine nuts ($27) and shark fin with gentle egg cream ($12). The salads are not as interesting and the main course is mostly meat dishes, at quite affordable prices. All the dishes on the menu are not too complicated, but are executed with perfection — “thank you for bringing me here” is what the first comers always say. Most importantly, every visit to Makoto is consistently an excellent experience. You can dine for 1,000 or 10,000 ₽ and you will always be satisfied.
When you think of a decent Japanese restaurant in Moscow either Nobu or Novikov first come to mind. These are great restaurants and we all have been there at least once. Makoto, however, has built a distinct crowd of regulars, mostly the Japanese. The Japanese diaspora in Moscow knows and appreciates this place — isn’t that a strong statement on its own?
11.30 AM –12 AM
Makoto roll (bluefin tuna, avocado, spinach, mitsuna, spicy yukke and peanut sauce) — ($20)
California roll (crab, avocado, tobiko, and mayo sauce) — ($14)
Yakisoba — ($11)
Khoke Yaki (slowly baked perch mackerel with daikon and ginger) — ($16)
Miso Katsu Don (breaded pork neck with egg, cabbage, sesame, and rice) — ($12)
+7 495 258-18-14