Restaurant and cafés

Since visitors can spend an entire day at the GES-2 House of Culture, we  have a restaurant and several cafes on the premises so that they can have a snack and talk over their impressions of what they’ve seen. Together the eateries form an ecosystem of sorts, complete with a general menu concept and a harmonised approach.

These venues prioritise the best of local produce in their cooking and their recipes follow traditions,  but they reveal new combinations and flavours. The dishes are cooked using sustainable technologies.

The GES-2 building once housed an urban hydropower plant; today the site bursts with creative power. Food at the House of Culture is an integral part of this energy exchange. The job of the team led by Nicola Mavica is to make sure that breakfast, lunch and dinner not only bring joy, but also become a cultural experience.

GES-2 Restaurant

Our main restaurant occupies the veranda and the mezzanine of the House of Culture’s left wing. Brand chef Emanuele Pollini is in charge of the original and experimental cuisine. The wine list includes more than 150 labels, most of which had not yet been introduced to the Russian market before.

Our crockery and cutlery have been ordered from manufacturers using ethically responsible technologies. We have plates created from recycled glass at the Murano factory as well as Japanese suzugami, metal plates that can be folded like origami to hold a variety of dishes.

Bar Two

This cafe, located next to the main entrance to the GES-2 House of Culture, can comfortably accommodate nearly 100 customers, offering breakfast and a limited lunch menu.

Ostanovka

This cafe is on the Prospekt, the main thoroughfare of GES-2. It can be accessed both from inside the building and from the Forest. When the weather is warm, the glass doors stay open and tables are taken out into the Yard. Ostanovka serves healthy light snacks and appetizers. Sometimes we also host our public programme events here.

Stalovaya

Located on lower ground floor, directly below the Playhouse, this cafe can seat 45–50 people. During the day, visitors will find a simple menu to suit most tastes, but in the evening Stalovaya turns into a theatre buffet.

BREAD-2

A bakery in the Vaults Art Production Centre.

Emanuele Pollini, brand chef at GES-2 restaurants and cafés, and Nicola Mavica, creator and head of The Stolen Artichoke
Photo by Nadezda Romanova

Emanuele Pollini, brand chef of the GES-2 restaurants

He studied at the Pellegrino Artusi Institute in Forlimpopoli (Italy) but considers his main professional training to be his work with the famous chefs Vincenzo Cammerucci, Martin Berasategui, Carlo Cracco and Esben Holmboe Bang. He has worked for many Michelin-starred restaurants. He developed his own “earthy cuisine” with a strong focus on vegetables and herbs that preserve the natural taste of the ingredients. He has been living in Moscow since 2016. In 2019, he joined The Stolen Artichoke team and began working on the concept of restaurants for the GES-2 House of Culture.

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