Do you remember Moloko in Minsk? - Yes! But this is totally another Moloko.
During all my previous stays in this city, Moscow tried to convince me of its hospitality and almost succeeded. After the bar Martinez and Klava I began to doubt that Moscow was alien and snobbish everywhere, even in the most affordable places. Not to mention the bar with windows facing Christian Louboutin and Prada shops. Although from a distance, it seemed to me that the Moloko café had every chance of being the most democratic European café with unconventional cuisine and signature cocktails, cute waiters and a casual but graceful atmosphere with wide-open windows and old-fashioned lamps on the bar counter.
Everything was as it was: tables on the patio smoothly flowed into the main room, living plants casted their shadows on the white tablecloths and exquisite armchairs, behind the bar there was a girl with a tattoo all over her shoulder. Such a fashionable, European Moscow, where you immediately realize that it is expensive, but affordable, and no one cares about what you wearing. But this is only the first deceptive impression.
Even though the girl behind the bar counter seemed really nice, hadn’t she disappeared after the first cocktail, she would certainly have offered me a second or third one, especially since the cocktail card promised a very pleasant evening in the company of completely new flavors. But no. She slipped away for some reason and left me alone with no one else who cared about my presence in Moloko. Despite the fact that the bar counter is large and comfortable, it seems, it’s not common that it is occupied by someone else rather then “the locals”. Out of boredom, I took out a laptop and started to work, which immediately attracted the attention of the others. They approached me asked me if I was working here, while holding their cellphones with chargers.
It seems to me that if I left without paying, nobody would have noticed. Well, I mean, during the whole hour I spent in the bar, a barmaid approached me and offered me only one cocktail. Since that moment no one even spoke to me. Nothing strange, just if you find yourself alone in Moscow – do not go to such places, don’t sit alone at the bar counter meanwhile remembering the last arthouse movie that you watched. But if you have a pleasant company, then go sit at a table by the window and go through the signature cocktail card. The only cocktail that I had – So China – with lychee, pear juice and basil – was too good, I would gladly try Fondant with fudge and vanilla flavor, and Hanging Gardens based on Calvados, Drambuie and honey.
Bolshaya Dmitrovka Str. 7/5, Building 5, Moscow
So China – $ 6.5, Fondant – $ 6.5, Hanging Gardens – $ 8