moscow's culinary scene has come a long way. long gone are the days when the only options were either dreary diners with mediocre food - that includes many western fastfood chains present in the city - or ostentatious restaurants serving a hyperprestigious menu to an oligarch demographic. today's array of cafés, restaurants and other dining spots is the result of general prosperity and a totally different - dare we say far more savvy? - attitude towards food and nutrition. the past ten years the russian capital has seen a surge in new restaurants and the introduction of many foreign cuisines, and as of late the local culinary scene has seen a new transformation, one that boosts refinement, but an affordable one at that. jumping on the trendwagon is united kitchen at red october, a historic industrial complex along the moskva river. a café by day and a bistro by night, it occupies a compact space with an open kitchen and small outdoor terrace.
the interior has been designed by sundukovy sisters, a local design practice run by ira and olya sundukova. clean and contemporary, the interior effortlessly adapts to its industrial surroundings. the use of simple, sturdy materials and playful use of primary colours adds character and warmth, and the design has retained many of the building's original elements. so, what about the menu? prior to his current tenure at united kitchen, chef andrei rivkin has worked at various renowned restaurants across town. having tons of experience and a global view when it comes to food, rivkin has tweaked many a russian dish with flavours from foreign shores. during the day tasty sandwiches, salads and soups are served, but the real culinary magic happens around dinner time with a choice of meticulously prepared fish, meats and poultry, and plenty of side dishes. location: red october, bersenyevskiy pereulok 2 [yakimanka].