Dmitry Zotov is best known as the head chef of top-end Moscow restaurants such as Zoloty and Antrekot, but his latest venture sees him embracing the far less glitzy world of the British pub. Krylyshko ili Nozhka (which translates as Wing or Leg) is located in the quiet Rizhskaya district of Moscow, but wouldn't look out of place in East London. The small tiled bar area serves a range beers and ciders that will be familiar to British pub goers from Fuller’s London Pride and Marston's Stout to Stowford Press cider, while the kitchen cranks out an eclectic menu of reasonably priced but well-executed gastropub grub.
Young trendy Russians have fallen in love with 'dude food' including burger with crispy pork and kimchi and chicken wings with chipotle sauce, but Zotov's fine dining background is also apparent in more sophisticated dishes such as smoked egg with morel sauce and grissini with saffron aioli and anchovies.
The pared-back dining room was designed by Zotov himself and takes in simple wooden tables, pendant lights and stylish modern paintings on the wall, many of which are for sale. Bargain prices and friendly staff mean that Wing or Leg has been a hit since it opened in 2013 with the pub filled most nights.
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