Proceed with caution; the Red Square is not for the faint of heart. This playful nod to Moscow’s famous square combines Russian vodka—after all, what would a Communist menu be without vodka—with a concentrated blood orange ice cube. As you sit and sip, you’ll almost forget that you came for the food, but that would be your mistake. Bold red flavors—beets, tomatoes, and paprika—run throughout the menu and keep you asking for more. The frothy beet borscht with horseradish cream will leave you with a borscht mustache throughout the meal. And while that piroshki next to it may look bite-size, the ground meat filling packs a wallop of spice. To cool down your palate, you’ll want to savor each fork-full of your vodka-cured salmon with crème fraîche and caviar. The next dish is a non-traditional take on the very traditional Stroganoff. Tender egg noodles tossed in a mushroom cream sauce are covered with a filet of salmon while a perfectly steamed tamal wrapped in cabbage balances the light texture of the fish. As a refreshing break, you’ll be treated to an entremet of beet, blood orange, and cucumber ice to prep you for the bold Chicken KGB—kasha, garlic, and bacon, of course. Kasha is king here as each bite is flavored with thick chunks of smoked bacon. Not to be outdone, the crisp chicken, skin on, is seared and topped with pungent garlic pesto. Last, but certainly not least arrives the dark chocolate Fabergé egg wrapped in a delicate sugar nest. One half is filled with rich pistachio cream and the other a tropical passion fruit cream—both will make you wish you had a bigger spoon, or perhaps a bigger egg.
End of Communism menu
Red Square: blood orange ice with Russian vodka
Zakuski Troika: borscht, piroshki, and vodka-cured salmon
Salmon Stroganoff Romanoff with cabbage and mushroom tamal
entremet ("in-between" course)
Nevsky Prospect: Beet, blood orange, and cucumber ice
Chicken KGB with kasha, garlic, and bacon
Chocolate Fabergé Eggs
Downtown suits and hip couples mix and mingle in this sleek space.
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Twenty years ago Chef John Sedlar was invited to Moscow to march in the Peace Victory Parade as part of a US delegation. While walking through Red Square, a Russian woman called out to him, “Amerikanski, Amerikanski.” As Chef Sedlar walked over to her, she said, “Druzba,” meaning friendship. She then took her Russian flag pin off of her lapel, he took his American flag pin off of his chef’s jacket, and they exchanged them. To this day they still speak.
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 AM–2 PM
Dinner: Mon–Sat 5 PM–10:30 PM; Sun 5 PM–10 PM
Late Night: Thu–Sat 10:30 PM–1 AM (special late night menu served until 12 midnight)
$8 (tortillas florales) to $30 (Viera Arabesque)
1050 S. Flower St., #102 (between W. 11th St. and W. Olympic Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-749-1460