The other weekend some Muscovite coworkers decided to drag us into town and show us a relaxed and entertaining Saturday. They promised us two things we have yet to experience in Moscow and with an offer like that only a fool would say no. We were set for a multi stop extravaganza, which included Burgermeister Cafe, the Lubyanka Childrens Mall and Cafe Filial.
After the wonderful views, it only seemed right to have a glass of wine or beer so we were led onto location number three, Cafe Filial. This looks a small and secluded venue and you never really realise how big it is. According to their website, it can hold 150 guests!
Cafe Filial is a member of the Propaganda family of restaurants. This ‘chain’ is new to me but has been in existence since June 2009. After visiting, I can see why it is still going strong. It serves European, Asian and Latin American fare. Cafe Filial claims to focus on ‘good technique and conscientious selection of products’ and I really can vouch that this is the case. Everyone is our group really did enjoy a truly delicious meal. The portions were not huge, but then again neither were the prices. For a lot less than 1,000 rubles I had a succulent steak, salad, fries and a refreshing glass of red. Many of the group had the salmon in miso and were delighted with it.
The cafe offers it’s guests carefully selected wines, fruit and berry cocktails, home-made pasta, a good selection of mains, desserts, ice cream and delicious coffees, it has lunch and diner specials, a resident DJ and a laid back and relaxed atmosphere with which to chill out and enjoy their food.
I had a wonderful day with my Russian friends and I will certainly be going back to this café very soon.
Getting to Cafe Filial
The cafes location is 3-1 Krivokolenniy pereulok, Moscow. It is just a short walk from Lubyanka metro station, which is on the red line.
It is open midday to midnight most days. On Friday and Saturday it stays open till 6am.