You are unlikely to notice this small Indian restraint when you’re simply walking down the street. You have to know where to look to find it. The interior decorations are typical of an Indian establishment. The place is always packed (call for a reservation). Malabar’s traditional Indian menu is not large, but very much to the point: eight choices of soup (280 to 450 rub.), biriyani rice (510 rub.), lamb verendra (950 rub.), machli tikka kebab (fish kebab, 850 rub.). Malabar is pretty pricey, so if you are here for the first time and not sure what you want to order, the smart thing to do is to order one of their sampling sets, which are big enough for two: chicken (2150 rub.), fish (2750 rub.), vegetarian (1800 rub.), or the hefty dessert platter (670 rub.). Promotions happen at Malabar on a regular basis. For example, they will occasionally offer free watermelon, accompanied by the reminder that it’s good for your kidneys. They stage what they call “green weeks” here, adding light veggie specialties to the menu.