© V12 Architects / Photography: Alexei Zarodov

Pairing a modern, design-led setting with delicacies from home and abroad, Bratya Karavaevi, or Karavayev Brothers in English, is a bit of a phenomenon in modern day Moscow. Founded a decade ago by Evgeniy Katsenelson, a hospitality entrepreneur who previously launched a number of successful formats in the city, Bratya Karavaevi proved to be no exception, and has grown into a sizeable chain of over 30 establishments across the Russian capital. For the deli and restaurant chain’s outpost in the suburban neighbourhood of Ramenki, Katsenelson once again tapped architects Evgeniy Shchetinkin and Elizaveta Semionova of local practice V12 Architects to create a matching setting.

Interestingly, each Bratya Karavaevi establishment dons a different aesthetic, and such is also the case for this branch. Situated on the ground floor of Tiara, the area’s main shopping mall, the restaurant occupies a lofty 200 sqm. (2,153 sq.ft.) unit and features an aesthetic that references both the neighbourhood’s lush greens and the experimental work of renowned Russian horticultural scientist Ivan Michurin (1855-1935). The restaurant has a street side entrance, embedded in a floor-to-ceiling windows, and one indoors which provides direct access from the mall.

A polycarbonate partition – mind you, the material has been specifically picked to evoke the sense of being in a hothouse – separates the dining area from the open kitchen. Directly opposite, lining the entire back wall, green panels with built-in mirrors form a good backdrop for the canopy of shelving in a similar hue that hovers above the sales counter. Multicoloured terrazzo flooring further invigorates the setting’s nature theme. Bold light fixtures, neon lettering by Contrast Foundry, and artist Marat Morik‘s wall graphics all lend the interior design a distinctive urban edge. Location: Tiara Mall, Michurinskiy Prospekt 27 (Ramenki).

© V12 Architects / Photography: Alexei Zarodov