AnderSon is a cosy café chain where parents can go to spend the whole day with their children, with minimum fuss. While the adults relax, the kids can play among the crooked mirrors, climb stairs and ropes and explore a whole array of other entertainments. The play rooms offer the best books and toys, dolls, rocking chairs, pyramids, cubes, cars, Lego and balls. Anderson also has nannies, who will happily take charge of children while their parents order coffee or dinner.
The menu is geared to adults and children alike, with cherry dumplings, pasta, turkey fillet, grilled vegetables, courgette pancakes and, naturally, a wide variety of desserts for all ages. Besides the boiled sweets, éclairs and pistachio roll with raspberry, there is a whole dessert list to choose from. Fathers will doubtless enjoy the special section of Anderson, where they can meet friends, play a game of table football and sample dishes from a meat-focused menu.
- Bulvar Strasnoy, 4, building 1
- st. Chekhovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya
- 1,100 rub.
- 7 (495) 650 12 58
The menu of this restaurant is an excellent example of friendship between people. In Strana Kotoroy Net, Kamchatka crab is served alongside manty (steamed dumplings), fillet of mullet baked with cheese and potatoes can be eaten with chebureki (deep-fried turnovers) and Adjarian khachapuri (cheese-filled bread). The soup made with dried porcini can be ordered with a lamb lagman soup, and the spicy soup kharcho can be well complemented by homemade golubtsy (stuffed cabbage leaves) or duck leg with braised cabbage.
The menu also includes Pan-Asian cuisine, with udon noodles with beef and vegetables, spicy shrimp tempura, passion fruit with coconut cream, and roll with eel and seared salmon. Given the restaurant's trademark menu of international friendship, however, these dishes can easily be combined with foods from other cuisines.
At weekends, special master classes and parties are held in the restaurant for children, who can learn to make cardboard houses, watch a play called "The Princess and the Dragon," make hand prints or knit little hearts. This way, a great time can be had by all!
- Ulitsa Okhotny Ryad, 2
- st. Okhotny Riad
- 1,500 rub.
- 7 (495) 737 54 01
If you would like your children to learn to cook, look no further than DaPino. At the master classes held by the Italian restaurant chain, little visitors can learn to make marzipan figures and amazing edible panels. A special course, School for Young Pizzaiolos and Confectioners, is also offered – for those, perhaps, who prefer to steal the secrets recipes of other cooks!
All courses are free. While the children are busy decorating their bases with topping, the parents can enjoy freshly prepared pizza. The choices of toppings are many, from Al Tunno with tuna and Frutti di Mare with seafood, to calzone with porcini and button mushrooms or the trademark Da Pino with black olives, garlic sauce, mozzarella and ham.For children the restaurant offers the Cippolino's Friends vegetable salad, Goldfish salmon and Kong Fu macaroni. The portions are large, so the young cooks will have plenty of energy for their culinary adventures.
- Ulitsa Bolshaya Bronnaya, 23, building 1
- st. Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Checkhovskaya
- 1,100 rub.
- 7 (495) 740 40 90, 7 (495) 790 71 27
Recipes of this restaurant all come from the notebook of the elegant girl Izo Dzandzava. She never trained as a professional chef, but she loved spending time in the kitchen, watching and studying while her Georgian mother and grandmother cooked. Therefore, respect for traditions and home-cooking secrets are held in high esteem here: khachapuri, satsivi, lobio and elarji, matzoni with mountain honey, hominy, baked vegetables with Checheil cheese, Megrelian cicil, beet and goat cheese salad, pkhali and homemade pickles – everything is cooked as they do in Tbilisi. There is a wide selection of khachapuri and kutaby. In a small garden near the restaurant you can not only eat, but also play backgammon, chess and checkers, just like in a secluded Georgian rose-circled courtyard.
Elardji goes out of its way to cater for visitors with children. Its quiet courtyard with a lawn is perfect for impromptu picnics, while restless little guests can be sent to play on the slide, enjoy the swings or climb into a hammock with a book. For older children, the waiters can always bring chess, draught and backgammon, or they can opt for a game of badminton or table tennis.
With the kids occupied, the parents can sit back and study the menu. All dishes are prepared using the special recipes of a very special Georgian grandmother, chef Iso Dzandzava. The main dish on the menu is elardji itself – a thick porridge made from gomi coarsely ground corn with suluguni cheese. To go with this, visitors can enjoy a salad of Baku tomatoes, dolma stuffed vine leaves, achma lasagne with matsoni cheese, piti soup, mullet and a whole array of dishes prepared in a heavy sizzling pan known as a ketsa.
Once the children have finished playing, they may like to try the fried aubergine and spinach rolls, the boiled egg and suluguni cheese khachapuri bread, or pakhlava.
- Pereulok Gagarinsky, 15A
- st. Kropotkinskaya
- 2,000 rub.
- 7 (495) 627 78 97