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There is one adjective that is grossly overused in Moscow when it comes to describing restaurants. The concept, the food, the ambience, the atmosphere, the interior, the events - everything is always 'unique'. So how do we describe a place that is truly just that, a place that genuinely stands out from all the other places where one can do more than just get food, without succumbing to a trend that doesn't say very much these days anyway? Here, instead of showering you with lavish adjective upon opulent adjective we're going to try to take you to this multi-format yet unpretentious place located in the heart of the city with all the most noteworthy sights just a few steps away. Welcome to Chips!
Situated over three levels in a historical building right opposite the TsUM, the location makes it the perfect place for post-shopping or pre-theater meal and drinks. Also, because Chips is divided into a restaurant, bar and club, trendy Muscovites usually have all-nighters because there is something here for everyone. The interior is eclectic but not kitschy. A Hindu theme can be traced throughout the whole restaurant because Mr. Novikov, the renowned Russian restaurateur who owns Chips along with many other hip places, is a devout Buddhist and wants to spread an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and harmony all around. Buddhist statues were transported directly from India by Mr. Novikov himself! The main restaurant area is cozy thanks to the brick walls, mirrors in vintage frames and the aroma of freshly prepared dishes from the wooden oven.
The big open kitchen allows guests to witness the process of food preparation. Chips' head chef, Sergey Kondakov, was educated in France and has won numerous culinary awards at home and abroad so you can be assured that anything you decide to try is bound to delight your taste buds to the max. The menu can be divided into three distinct gastronomical directions - grill, Italian and French. Despite this, the signature dish here at Chips is, coincidentally (or maybe not), Fish 'n' Chips! These succulent pieces of fish served with a side of fries is unlike anything you'll have ever tried before. Another noteworthy menu item is the freshly baked khachipuri in many variations. Among the best sellers are the warm salads with artichoke, zucchini, veal liver, forest mushrooms; bruschettas; a wide assortment of grilled meats, fish and seafood; and, of course, pastas and sushi! But the main thing that differentiates the food here at Chips is the fact that all the produce used in the kitchen is very carefully sourced only from the best local farmers and producers, so freshness and an unparalleled taste are guaranteed.
If you're around in the summer, you'll be able to wine and dine on the spacious open-air terrace, which has come to be the pride and joy of Chips. As the sun starts going down, glass in hand guests get into party mode: some of the loudest parties take place on the veranda, with the most beautiful views of Moscow as a backdrop. The list of some of the world famous artists that have taken to the decks at these parties is impressive: Jonathan Ulysses straight from Space in Ibiza, Charles Schillings, Betoko, Gui J and Sahar Z. Summer, however, is not the only time when you can dance the night away among Moscow's fashionistas. Throughout the year look out for Chips thematic parties (Halloween, New Year, Valentine's Day, etc.) as well as events sponsored by such emblems of luxury as Veuve Clicquot or Henessy. The drinks menu here is anything but lacking, with a well-stocked bar and the widest assortment of classical as well as signature cocktails to help you dance the night away!