Gorky Park, Moscow

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On my last day in Moscow, I could think of nothing better than an afternoon in the park. After a lolling mosey through the side streets of the radial Tverskya Ulitsa, I grabbed a light lunch at Nadalny Vostok, part of the monopoloid Novikov portfolio.

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Nadalny Vostok

Nadalny Vostok

Fresh seafood

Fresh seafood

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Crab salad with poached quail's eggs

Crab salad with poached quail’s eggs

Salmon sashimi | avocado | spicy ponzu sauce

Salmon sashimi | avocado | spicy ponzu sauce

Sugar black cod

Sugar black cod

Lobster claw tempura

Lobster claw tempura

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Fresh cherries!

Fresh cherries!

Then it was off to Gorky Park for a walkabout. The Soviets put up a monumental Brandenburg Gate-ish entrance. More recently, Roman Abromovich has pumped millions into the redevelopment of the park – restaurants, attractions, even a huge concert stage. They brought in the test unit for the Soviet space shuttle Boran next to the river – you can rent a go-kart from underneath its wing.

Gorky Park entrance

Gorky Park entrance

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Babushka dolls

Babushka dolls

Buran, Soviet space shuttle test unit

Buran, Soviet space shuttle test unit

Drinks in Gorky Park

Drinks in Gorky Park

A laid back end to the weekend, lounging in the open-air restaurant – beats rainy old London for a change!

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