Thursday, May 26, 2011

Simple things (Простые вещи) Moscow restaurant

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Last weekend was my first time to Simple things (Простые вещи) Moscow restaurant. It positions itself as a wine bar or gastropub and that's exactly what it is. You get a good choice of wines and simple crispy fresh French and Italian food to complement it. We enjoyed it a lot.


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We visited their newly opened second branch (Простые вещи - 2) on B. Nikitskaya street 14. I felt happy once I entered the small cellar-like dining hall and set at a table covered with dark yellow paper  looking at the welcome "sit for a glass of wine" stamped on it. I relaxed listening to quietly playing "La vie en rose" and studying the menu.

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My friends came and we got a bottle of French Cotes du Rhone. It was so deeply red in the large beautiful glasses. It felt a bit like Paris. Yes, I seem to start missing Paris now.

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The wine appetizers menu is very catchy. Just impossible to pass by their "wine set" (olives, dried tomatoes and pickled sweet peppers with crispy slices of baguette).

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We also got the cheese platter. Can't say anything about its authenticity or balance or whatever the cheese platter should display. From my last year in France I only got that there is no right way to compose it. It just has to be done with good taste and this one was.

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The onion soup, which I also miss so much, was very good.

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Zucchini with porcini and tomato salsa. Very tender and flavorful. And pretty, aren't they?

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Not too hungry that evening, we didn't come to try most of the food in Простые вещи. I do feel like coming back for another bottle of wine with their camembert crostini, porcini risotto, pasta with tomatoes and olives and surely another cheese platter.

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A month later I also got a chance to visit the older first branch of Простые вещи on Konushkovskaya street 32. It also has a pleasant atmosphere, which feels somewhat different as it has windows apart from the wine cellar-like second branch. At first we were a bit upset as it turned out the menus are a bit different and the first branch doesn't offer the wine set. However then we picked some other food and really enjoyed it. I was absolutely amazed by this bruschetta with camembert - delicious warm ciabatta slices topped with tomatoes, aromatic greens and warm slices of camembert cheese.

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Простые вещи
Конюшковская ул., 32
+7 499 255-63-62


Простые вещи - 2
Б. Никитская ул., 14/2
+7 495 629-34-94

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