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Nikuda Ne Edem

Moscow, Russia

A 'secret' gastro-bar for cocktails and cutting-edge cuisine

Why go? This cool basement gastro-bar is the brainchild of star chef Dmitry Shurshakov and mixologist Alexander Kahn. The menu brims with creative cocktails and inventive food, blending Russian and international influences.

What to order: Tuna with spicy sauce and rice is a kind of deconstructed sushi dish, while beef liver with breaded cashews and hazelnuts comes with baked beetroot sorbet, onion confit and blanched turnip. Orange ice cream with meringue and Earl Grey tea foam provides a fragrant end to the meal.

What to drink: Cocktail ace Alexander Kahn presides over the the long, illuminated bar, which serves some of the best cocktails in the city. Don't miss the signature Ceviche Mary – a bloody Mary served in a smoke-filled cloche with a hunk of salmon.

What else? The 'secret' entrance is designed to look like a travel agency. When the woman behind the desk asks you where you are going, say the name of the restaurant (Nikuda Ne Edem means 'going nowhere') and a section of shelves slides back to reveal steps down to the restaurant.

Bonus point: Nikuda is well known for its hot dogs, which are made with veal, lamb and even crab.

On the pass

  • Dmitry Shurshakov

Style of food

  • Modern Russian

Standout dish

  • Beef liver with breaded cashews and hazelnuts