Nowhere else in Moscow could you get a more magnificent view of the iconic Red Square and the Kremlin than at the newly-revamped rooftop restaurant/bar of Ritz-Carlton. The O2 Lounge bar & restaurant presents an open terrace offering breath-taking views, coupled with marvelous food and drinks. It is a new culinary concept, blending both Western and Japanese dishes within a menu. The new offerings from the sushi bar are also from the acclaimed Chef Seiji Kusano. We had dinner at the O2 on our last night in Moscow and it was definitely a very memorable one!
p.s.: prices are based on estimated exchange rate of S$1 = 25 Roubles.
A glass dome with huge overhanging lampshades greets you. There was a slight hiccup as they couldn’t find our reservation even though we booked it through the Ritz-Carlton concierge, where we stayed at. Thank goodness they managed to get a table for us – yes, they’re always full house.
Indoor area – love the plush red egg chairs.
Al-fresco area – perfect for lounging, don’t you think?
Day bed with a canopy on synthetic grass bed, facing the Red Square head on. I think I could hide here forever.
The decor of O2 was extremely chic and modern and guess what? The Audi logo was plastered everywhere in this corner. Spot that R8 in the background?
YES, a smoking hot cobalt blue Audi R8 – the
man car of my dreams. The sight of this got me racing for sure.
Up & Down [Apple, celery, lemon juice and ginger ale] (750rb/$30) – The celery taste was very unique and a little off at the same time.
Cucumber Blues [Cucumber, elderflower syrup, lemon juice soda] (750rb/$30) – I never knew cucumber would taste this good in a drink!
Red Square [Ciroc Vodka, rosemary, raspberry, lime juice, vanilla syrup] (850rb/$34) – This was my choice of drink and aptly named Red Square. The cocktail embodied all elements that I love – from my favourite herb to fruits and flavours. I thoroughly enjoyed it while seating through the sunset at the Red Square.
Snapper in Ponzu (585rb/$23.40) – A great switch from the usual salmon, the snapper was sliced very thinly. Each slice was soaked with the ponzu sauce, bringing to the tongue tingling sensations while the radish and spring onion toppings brought an array of textures to a wonderful appetiser.
Mango Roll [Roll w eel, Philadelphia cheese & mango] (610rb/$24.40) – This one did not leave too much of an impression in me.
Seiji Maki [specialty of Seiji-San] (955rb/$39.80) – This was a mysterious roll, named after the Chef himself! Packed with raw seafood goodness, there was a slight resemblance to California Maki, but with more punch. I found that the rice proportion to the fillings was perfect unlike the Mango Roll.
Maguro Moriavase [3 pieces of akami, 6 pieces of karashi maguro maki, 2 pieces of Spanish tuna belly sushi] (2555rb/$102.20) – The tuna belly sushis (on the extreme right) were so precious! For the first time, I’m seeing strata of fats and meat so distinctively and no doubt this was food-gasm.
Beluga Caviar (5 grams) served w Blinis & Condiments (2000rb/$80) – Each mouthful was akin to eating gold. I have to admit that there wasn’t anything extraordinary about this dish, or even the caviar as a matter of fact, but to me, having caviar in Russia is like a rite-of-passage – you simply can’t leave Russia without trying their caviar and vodka!
Cod with Crabmeat & Asparagus (2150rb/$86) – Another impeccable dish which had the cod cooked perfectly. Moreover, the pairing of cod and crab was genius. Both had very brilliant and delicate meat and tastes that wouldn’t require much seasoning.
Red Square by night. 🙂
O2 Lounge is a must-visit in my opinion, and I think my photos justified that. Food was outstanding and atmosphere was laid-back; why not let your hair down and simply enjoy the night away with style?
You know how they always say ‘save the best for the last’? Indeed it was a memorable night for me at the O2 Lounge and it shall mark the last restaurant in Russia that I will be reviewing. Now now, should I start reviewing hotels too? ;D
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Moscow
Tverskaya St, 3, Moscow, Russia, 125009