WHAT’S NEW #19

New Danilovsky Market

Danilovsky Market has opened after renovations. Thousands of farmers and entrepreneurs from about 50 different regions in Russia sell food products at the market.

“Moscow has come a long way in terms of reorganizing markets, from Cherkizon and Luzhniki to establishing a market like Danilovsky. The conditions here are first-class,” Sergey Sobyanin said.

According to him, the investor has transformed the market into a space for relaxation where people can buy quality products. “This is no longer just a market,” he said, “but a place for people to get together with great food courts and spaces for workshops. It’s nice to come here and get quality produce. I hope these kinds of markets will become popular among Muscovites.”

Danilovsky Market is located in the South Administrative District, Mytnaya Street 74 (close to Tulskaya metro station).

The market has existed for a long prior to the construction of the new building. The market got its name due to its proximity to the Danilov Monastery. The first indoor market was built here in the middle of the 20th century.

The construction of the current three-story building was completed in 1986. The total area is 8,400 square meters. To cover the vast interior space without intermediate supports, one of the most advanced technologies at that time was used – reinforced concrete vaulted shells, which formed a dome 72 meters in diameter.

The market belonged to the Government of Moscow until 2014. In 2014, the market was privatized under the conditions that it would be renovated. From January 2017 to May 2017, the new owner conducted renovations that preserved the market’s historical image. The investment amounted to over 900 million rubles.

The renovations significantly increased the usable area of the market. Two-level market modules have been set up here. They established a separate shopping area (first level) and a dining and workshop area (second level). The market building also has rooms for children and a convenient navigation system.

Right now there are 260 separate stands at the market featuring products from domestic and foreign producers, including vegetables, fruits, spices, dried fruits, groceries, meat, fish, milk, and flowers. The volume of products sold is 4,900 tons per year. There are 24 restaurants and cafes. Visitors can taste dishes from around the world. There is also a delivery service. Gastronomic festivals, lectures on healthy nutrition, culinary master classes and other cultural and entertainment events are held regularly.

Luzhniki Big Sports Arena

Sergey Sobyanin examined the progress of reconstruction of the stadium and improvements to the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. According to him, the reconstruction of the Big Sports Arena is complete. The facility has been handed over in accordance with the FIFA World Cup preparation program. “All of the elements – the field, the stands, the sound and video broadcasting systems, the media facade – are fully ready for operation,” Sergey Sobyanin said.

The reconstruction of the whole Luzhniki Complex is also in the final stages of the project. Work on land improvement, safety systems, and the construction of temporary buildings and structures is currently in progress. “I hope that all major preparatory work, along with improvements to the territory, will be finished over the summer, before fall. And of course the entire complex will be ready for the World Cup,” the Mayor of Moscow said.

In accordance with FIFA requirements, the renovated stadium has capacity for 81,000 people (3,000 more people than before). The number of entrances has also been increased from 13 to 16. Separate entrances on the western platform have been allocated for VIP and VVIP guests.

In order to ensure safety and avoid long lines, the width of the entrances has been increased and 44 new cascading staircases have been installed. This will all enable guests to leave the stadium within 15 minutes after a match is over.

A key advantage of the Big Sports Arena will be a unique football field with a natural grass lawn. There is a meter-and-a-half thick layer underneath the field that consists of drainage, heating, irrigation and aeration systems. In total, 35 kilometers of pipes were laid. The irrigation system consists of 35 sprinklers, and in the technical room there are 6 containers (8 thousand liters each).

The lawn was planted in August last year. A total of 410 kilograms of seeds were sown (50 grams per square meter). After the height of the grass reached three centimeters, the lawn was covered with a special synthetic thread that provides support for the root system of plants. The composition of the seeds was selected specifically for Moscow’s climate. The tests showed that thanks to the heating system, which provides a stable temperature of 15 degrees and a system that simulates sunlight, the lawn will retain its appearance even in the winter. Currently, the grass has grown to a depth of 15-17 centimeters, and field can already be used to play football.

Tourist and Information Center

A tourist and information center started operating on the territory of Moscow’s Church of Christ the Savior. The center is open every day from 10.00am to 7.00pm. The staff will help visitors figure out how to get to Arbat or the Kremlin, and hand out free maps of the city in different languages. Tourists will be able to plan a route and figure out how to use public transportation, book a tour, and find out where to go to get the best pictures. Moscow residents can also stop by for brochures with upcoming events for the week.

The city used to have three tourists and information centers: on Triumphalnaya Square, the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve, and inside the GUM. Another information center opened at Revolution Square, but it only operates during the Moscow Seasons festivals. Visitors can come by to learn about festivals, tours, and upcoming events.

Free “Mobile Library”

Stations on the Moscow Central Circle now have Mobile Libraries – virtual shelves with photos of book covers and QR codes. Passengers can scan the codes with their smartphones, download books for free, and read them during their trip. The catalogue currently contains 200 books, ranging from classical literature to contemporary novels. Moreover, passengers can download audiobooks and books in English as well. There are about 30 virtual book shelves in total, located at the following stations: Locomotiv, Izmailovo, Vladykino, Okruzhnaya, and Baltiyskaya.

To download a book, passengers have to download a special app and scan the QR code with their phone or tablet. They’ll get a link to an internet page with the book.

“Mobile Library” is a joint project between the Moscow Metro, the online library LitRes, and Eksmo-AST publishing group. All 200 books are also available on the website: metro.litres.ru. The service will operate through the end of the year. To download a book on your phone or read it online, register on the LitRes website. There is free Wi-Fi on the metro that can be used to download books.

International Ballet Center

An International Ballet Center has opened in Pavilion No. 62 at VDNKh. The building will host classes in classical ballet, folk dancing, and modern jazz, as well as lectures, presentations, and workshops led by famous choreographers from Russia and other countries. Classes will be offered for both adults and children 2.5-15 years of age. Students will be able to choose from three types of dancing: modern jazz, classical ballet and folk dancing. All three are included in programs at ballet schools and academies. Children can attend all three. This type of program will help students unlock their potential to the fullest, since different types of dancing are different in terms of music, rhythm, and choreography.

Classes also entail learning the art of stage makeup, theory, and the history of Russian musical theatre and ballet. Moreover, the International Ballet Center is developing inclusive programs for children and adults with disabilities.

The center’s instructors will include famous Russian dancers and choreographers with over 10 years of experience. Classes will take place in small groups and will be separated into different age groups. The founder and general director of the International Ballet Center is Elena Kaburneeva, a ballet choreographer and instructor.

The International Ballet Center will have a small and big hall for classes. Both have panoramic windows and tall ceilings decorated with stucco and frescoes.  The classrooms have special floors in order to help students avoid overstraining their feet and legs.

Halls with dressing rooms are located in the side parts of the building, and in the central part of the pavilion – a 16-meter glass tower – there are a cafe, a library and a lobby. In the lobby there are sofas and monitors where parents can watch broadcasts of classes. The screens will broadcast lectures as well.

Eataly: Italian Food City

The famous Italian marketplace chain Eataly opened in the Kievsky shopping and entertainment center, which was established in place of the former Kievsky  hotel.

The Eataly chain has existed since 2007, which is when the first center of Italian cuisine opened in Turin. The project has since branched out to 13 cities in Japan, as well as cities in the US, Brazil, South Korea, Turkey, Qatar, the UAE and other countries. The Moscow location totals 7,500 square meters in area, making it the second largest Eataly location in the world. Its total capacity is 900 people across different restaurants and bars. Guests can visit 18 different thematic cafes and restaurants, a market with the best Italian products, stands that make their own fresh mozzarella and other types of cheese, along with beer, ice cream, bread, baked goods and traditional pastries. There are over 6,000 Italian brands to choose from.

Every Eataly center has its own theme, and the one in Moscow is dedicated to art and literature.  Eataly will host special literary dinners, exhibitions, concerts and other events. There will also be special workshops for adults and children, as well as tours of the market where guests will have a chance to learn about the different dishes and culinary traditions in Italy.

Investment Assistance for Business

On June 7, the President of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Platonov presented a new committee on business investment climate development. The Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has existed for 25 years. According to Vladimir Platonov, the goal of the chamber is to organize the business community and provide entrepreneurs with support. “We also welcome any initiatives from the business community in terms of establishing new committees, associations and guilds,” he said, “I am sure that our joint efforts will yield positive results in terms of investment activity.”

Anna Vovk headed up the investment climate development committee. According to her, the main goal of the new structure is to establish a communications and consulting platform for all business. The committee will pay special attention to private investment, but active cooperation with banks will not be discouraged. “We plan to work with private investors for the most part,” Anna Vovk explained, “But we are also open to the banking sector. Moreover, we would like to attract banks as partners, experts and consultants.”

The committee’s schedule for the year has already been set. Most of the committee’s work will entail addressing specific problems during round tables and meetings. Business representatives will be able to seek consultations and financial advice. Not every company has a professional finance director, and the Committee can act as a financial advisor in these cases.  The goal of the new structure at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry is to form a club of business representatives over the course of three years.

Aeroexpress and Car Sharing Service Promotion

A joint promotion between Aeroexpress and BelkaCar kicked off on April 24 and will be effective until September 8, 2017. All Aeroexpress passengers who purchase a ticket via the website or the mobile app will receive a promocode for a 500 ruble discount on their first ride with the car sharing service BelkaCar.

According to experts, about 27% of airport passengers in Moscow opt for personal transportation to get to the airport. However, high parking costs at the airport and next to Aeroexpress train stations drive up the costs. A partnership between Aeroexpress and the car sharing service is a step in the right direction in terms of improving service for clients, especially ahead of vacation season.

Carsharing is one of the most in-demand services in Europe and the US. It makes it more convenient to get rides at a time that’s convenient for the passengers. The service is relatively new for Russia, but is already rapidly growing in popularity. It’s possible to take a car to the airport, but travel times may vary, which is why combining the two modes of transportation makes sense. A ride with BelkaCar costs 8 rubles per minute, while an Aeroexpress ticket is 420 rubles. Parking for cars that belong to a car sharing service is free in the center of Moscow.

Gastronomic News

MATRYOSHKA

A new two-story restaurant MATRYOSHKA by Maison Dellos opened its doors on February 2017, in the heart of historical Moscow. The restaurant is located on Kutuzovsky Prospect 2/1, building 6. The head chef is Vlad Piskunov, a culinary writer and blogger. The key to his gastronomic concept is unique domestic products: caviar in Olivier salad, goose with pelmeni, lamb with porridge, Yakut nelma on cedar board, all perfectly cooked according to Russian recipes. The menu includes sardines under fur coat, fish kulebyaka with sour cream sauce, cod with Altai mushroom porridge, Valaam shchi and Lindovsky goose – the main dish of this season. The dessert selection features gingerbread baskets with melted cottage cheese, "Lipoviy Tsvet" and "Ptichye Moloko" cakes, and pancakes with apples and cottage cheese. The menu is regularly updated depending on the season and the availability of local produce.

The restaurant’s design incorporates modern trends, traditional, and industrial elements: an antique bar obtained from a private collection in Paris, an iron staircase and handrails, made to order, lamps and aged tiles, and antique fireplace, large panoramic windows with views of the Moscow River and and open kitchen.

 

GOLODNIY – ZLOY

The restaurant holding Perelman People opened a new bistro on Tsvetnoy Bulvar 2. “GOLODNIY – ZLOY” is headed up by chef Mikhail Gerashenko. Mikhail makes the bread and cheese himself, smokes the duck and tomatoes, and plans to make even more products in the future. Asian motifs and rich sauces play an important role here as well. According to the founders, the guiding principle of the new restaurant is lively food with no intrusions, and the main rule is not to hide the flavor of the product. Sauces are served on the side instead of directly on the dish, giving guests the options to mix everything together or try things separately. There is a taboo on frozen food, so all products are fresh and usually seasonal. The menu has a “Really Hungry” section, which contains dishes that can be ready and at your table within five minutes. It includes items like yolks fried with tomato salsa and onion mayonnaise or bruschetta with pickled cabbage and demi-glace sauce. there is big open kitchen where all of the dishes are prepared, as well as bread, butter, cheese, and ice cream. You can watch the cooking from your table. The bar stand is a separate island. The terrace has a roof, which means it can be used in the rain.

 

SUSHI BY SEIJI

A second restaurant from the legendary Seiji Kusano has opened by the Patriarch’s Ponds (Maly Patriarshiy Pereulok 5/1). SUSHI BY SEIJI is a more affordable version of the restaurant on Komsomolsky prospect. Like with the other restaurant, the products are delivered directly from a market in Tokyo two times a week. The menu combines traditional Japanese dishes with selections that are a bit more familiar to Muscovites. Seiji and the sous-chef Artem Te included sashimi and sushi made with salmon, tuna, smoked eel, yellowtail and dorado, gun-kans, as well as rolls. There are also salads, hot dishes, such as tori chahan, tempura, sake teriyaki and, of course, shabu-shabu – a delicious dish with Japanese marbled beef, tofu, chinese cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. There are five kinds of sake to choose from. In addition, you will be offered a good selection of wines, including plum wine, and other liquor as well. In Japanese, "Seiji" means "honest." Therefore, you can be absolutely sure that the fish here is of the highest quality, and the execution is authentic.

 

GROOT

GROOT cafe is a new project that stresses a conscious approach to nutrition. The cafe is geared toward vegetarians, vegans and raw foodists, but is also great for anybody who enjoys eating healthy. The establishment is located in 2nd Zvenigorodskaya Street 12/15, next to Argo and Bruce Lee. The menu includes breakfast that is served all day, appetizers, salads, main dishes, along with a large selection of smoothies and fresh-squeezed juice. Everything is prepared on the spot, with no dairy products or refined sugar. Moreover, every item on the menu has symbols that helps guests figure out how the dishes are prepared and what they contain – gluten free, for example, or glycemic index. Dishes suitable for vegans (there are 16) are marked with purple and have special labels. Dishes for raw foodists (there are 14) are marked in green. The products are shipped from all over the world: guarana from Brazil, coconuts from Thailand, and superfoods from the United States. Ingredient also include flax, wheatgrass and sprouts of sunflower.

There is no alcohol at Groot, but there is a great coffee selection – freshly roasted coffee beans with soy, almond, or coconut milk. For example, a lavender raf is prepared with soy milk, coconut cream, agave syrup and vanilla extract. The main thing is to drink immediately, as vegetable milk does not last long.

 

ZHADINA-GOVYADINA, SOLENIY OGURETS

The Wall Street business center on Valovaya Street 35 has opened the first location of a cafe chain ZHADINA-GOVYADINA, SOLENIY OGURETS. The main dish here is sandwiches, with special attention paid to baking bread, preparing sauces, and different ways of pickling and preparing food.  For example, a technique called sous-vide is used to prepare the ingredients for sandwiches. The food is vacuum-sealed in a plastic pouch to ensure that the items are cooked evenly and retain moisture. Emulsions and extracts from spicy herbs and spices are used to make sauces, while fresh and ripe vegetables add to the flavor. There are eight sandwiches on the menu so far. Cocktails come in glasses or on-liter bottles. If you come in for a sandwich, make sure you get beet lemonade with horseradish, which has already become a hit among guests. If it’s early, go for a coffee and a biscuit, which can serve as a great substitute for breakfast. By the way, all coffee, from a small espresso to a 400 ml cup, is sold for 120 rubles. The second cafe will open on Nizhny Susalni Pereulok in mid-June.

All dishes here are served on eco-friendly disposable tablewear. This place is for those who want to get a great meal, but don’t want to overpay for servers, dishes, and other expensive attributes of a full-service restaurant.

The cafe’s menu was put together by the chain’s brand chef Charbel Aoun. Thanks to him, the Irish restaurant Lauberges received 2 Michelin stars. He is also the recipient of the Golden Molecular Gastronomy award.

 

FF RESTAURANT & BAR

The recently opened FF RESTAURANT & BAR on Ulitsya Timura Frunze 11/1 is a new trendy spot in Moscow. The establishment’s co-owner is the famous DJ and radio producer Fedor Fomin (this is where the FF in the title comes from). Guests can sample corn soup with smoked chicken, duck breast with carrot puree or chicken pate. Fans of Odessa cuisine can choose from pike perch, forshmak, barabule and vareniki with a variety of fillings. By the way, they are prepared by a chef from Odessa, so there is no doubt about the authenticity of the dishes. On the weekends the restaurant turns into a concert venue. Most of the furnishings are iconic design pieces by Eileen Gray, Joe Colombo, and Philippe Starck.

 

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