Saxon and Parole
May 11, 2018
Located in smart Patriarch’s Ponds, which has been labelled Moscow’s Brooklyn on occasion, perhaps optimistically, this stylish bar and restaurant does indeed have a twin in New York’s Bowery district. Serving American-style comfort food and hand-crafted cocktails, it’s rapidly established itself as one of the most popular spots in this part of town, the urban décor, all black banquettes and wood panelling, enlivened as it with its NYC branch with a few nods to the equestrian. And just as with its sibling, the cocktails are a big part of the attraction, complex layered creations like the Pecan and Maple Sazerac, a New Orleans classic here laced with peach syrup and splashed with absinthe. The do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar, stocked with every possible garnish and condiment you could wish for, is another plus point. The food menu replicates their New York offerings, rich unctuous bone marrow, pan-seared salmon, thick hearty nudi pasta served with Jerusalem artichoke and truffle paste or towers of super-fresh seafood. Desserts, which include house-made doughnuts and a sophisticated take on S’mores, are definitely worth saving room for. Prices are pretty reasonable, at least by Moscow standards.