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A new restaurant, Guardian, has opened in Moscow not far from famous New Arbat Street, Krasnay Presnya Park and Moscow River embankment. Guardian is aimed to adhere to high principles in cuisine, as well as in interior and atmosphere.
Chef, talented and ambitious Moroccan Morad Rafaoui, grew up and worked in Italy. Recently he moved to Russia to join the ranks of new-generation professionals. Five languages and lots of travel let him experiment easily and go beyond one culture. Over 20 years Morad has been working in restaurants, including, 5-star Grand Hotel Tombolo Talasso Resort, Pizzomunno Palace, Michelin awarded restaurants like Trussardi Alla Scala** and Devero*. Many celebrities as Prince of Monaco are familiar with the culinary art created by Morad.
Chef carefully blends two cultures in the cuisine of Guardian – Italian ravioli with ricotta, spinach and parmesan and tiramisu with chocolate crumble are offered along with home-made harira with lamb and chickpea and Moroccan chicken. This approach is realized even on one plate – brik is served with zucchini and lime, fregola – with curcuma, confit – lamb with cardamom. Guardian has no semi-finished product – even the spices from Morocco are grinded on-site. Above all, thanks to open kitchen, guests can always watch the cooking process.
The interior of Guardian resembles fabric’s architecture mixed with luxurious hotel’s lounge zone. The combination of brick walls, wooden panels and ornament on the columns looks very original. The art object in the center, the image of restaurant’s guard, cannot help but draw everyone’s attention. The 400 sq.m. space includes bar, open kitchen, restaurant, separate kid’s zone. Guardian’s interior is inspired with the world-known Wynwood Art District in Miami.
Guardian’s guests know that Morocco is much more than just carpets and hookah and Italy isn’t only about pizza and olives. Guardian respects authenticity and reveals true cultures through their cuisine.