It started as a beautiful evening in Moscow but then the heavens opened and some arriving members of the Moscow Good Food Club looked liked drowned rats as they ran through the deluge into the welcoming doors of NightFlight Restaurant.
NightFlight Restaurant has been a well-kept secret in Moscow for 23 years serving consistently high quality food in a refined atmosphere. Whilst the club downstairs is (in)famous world-wide many do not know about the restaurant and were pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the welcome and gentile ambience! Next time you go, take a look at the floor, evidently it is made from shipâs timber that was brought from Sweden all those years ago!
Executive Chef Mille Mikic and his team had prepared a feast of the finest that NightFlight offers.
As the guests arrived we were welcome with a glass of sparkling wine accompanied by a tantalising amuse bouche with tuna cerviche and camembert(!) which prepared our intrepid members for the delights that would follow. On taking our seats the first course of marinated salmon roll with light horseradish and herb oil was presented to the delight of the diners. With Swedish roots and of course connections, NightFlight has always prided itself on the quality of itâs smoked and marinated salmon and this evenings creation did not disappoint. This was accompanied by a Pfefferer Moscato Gialli from Italy a beautiful fragrant wine but could have been cooler on this rather humid evening.
The second course really surprised most members as the grilled scallops with seafood risotto, asparagus and lobster cappuccino appears. What a creation, succulent scallops, crispy, al-dente risotto the amazing foamy cappuccino sauce blended to a burst of flavours on the tongue. Accompanied by a Fritz Riesling from Germany the wine was again a perfect companion providing balance and flavour.
After a short pause, the main courses appeared, again Mille Mikic and his team had excelled. Glazed duck breast with a calvados-red wine sauce with thyme potato fondant. Nestling between the slices of pink, succulent duck was a portion of foie gras much to the delight of all diners. The Te Mata Syrah Woodthorpe from New Zealand was a delight and tasted much more full bodied that one would expect from a younger Syrah. For many this was a first Syrah from New Zealand but a wine that many of us will look for in the future.
Moscow Good Food Club members are experienced diners and know to reserve space for the dessert and when the caramelised apple tartine with yoghurt ice-cream was served we knew why! Wonderfully large helpings of crispy apple tartine that melted in the mouth with the combination of the yoghurt ice-cream. This was accompanied by a Kazumyan VSOP Cognac that surprisingly suited the combination.
So totally sated it was time to get down to business and each tables spokesperson delivered their critiques. All tables were unanimous in their praise of the food and its presentation and the scores for NightFlight Restaurant were:-
So excellent scores, for an excellent meal!
One cannot forget to mention the lovely waitresses in NightFlight, perfect English, flawless service and all with a lovely smile. Just another reason to go back to NightFlight!
As is traditional and to provoke lively conversation on all tables, we ask for answers to a question, which on this occasion was: âSummer brings out the best of Moscow. In your opinion what are the 5 biggest changes that have improved our lives in Moscow in the summer months?â Well fortified and relaxed the answers were lively and often duplicated on several tables, our male members noted unanimously that the greatest pleasure of Moscow in the summer was the rising of the hemlines on the female population! Our good hearted lady members allowed the male oriented observation with good cheer. Amongst the other comments were the high quality of the parks now, especially Gorky: the availability of rental bikes around the city; that parking meters seem to have resolved the previous tendency to double/triple parking; that there are many more trees and that bird life is increasing; and finally the arrival of many taxi Aps in English that makes the expats life much easier.
With our quest completed it was time to make our collective way down the stairs, a turn to the right lead to the entrance and Tverskaya, however many could not resist the turn to the left to Moscowâs most infamous club! NightFlight, congratulations, we will be back!