Filial knows how to prepare great food that keeps their customers coming back again and again! The restaurant is located close to Kitai Gorod and Lubyanka metro station and is owned by the same wonderful people that own Propaganda. You can check out there exact location here. I started going here because my wife introduced it to me back in 2013. When you walk in, you’ll push through two western-style doors, like you’re John Wayne! The hostess, who may very well be the same hostess that’s been working there since it’s opening in 2009, greets you with a smile and makes you feel like you’ve been coming to the place for years! It really does remind me of a place like Cheers. You know, the old TV show from the US?!?! That theme song,
“Sometimes you want to go, Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.”
Filial has lots of wood elements to it so the feel is very warm and relaxed. In addition, they also have DJ’s that come in to entertain your ears. I have to stress that the DJ’s are good too (maybe a bit biased but, seriously). Not too loud, nothing crazy – just good music to set the mood and fill the air when you and your party are enjoying the meal. The menus come in both Russian and English and there is usually more than one server that speaks English. The food has always been agreeable. They have mastered the quality/price points and you’ll never leave thinking you overpaid. Generally, the servers are quick and on point. I have, however, been treated to a 13 minute wait for non-alcoholic drinks (even when the place was dead).
Moving forward, this place is great for those that want to have a nice quick meal without breaking the bank. I’d also say that Filial is also a great choice if you wan to bring your laptop and get some work done, during midday hours without feeling rushed outta there! Hint: On Fri/Sat’s you might want to call ahead and reserve a seat as they do get a little crazy. Feel free to ask for a seat in the back and you can watch the entire kitchen staff prepare your meal. Before the smoking laws came into effect, this area in the back was for non-smokers but, now the entire establishment is smoke-free.
Whenever you’re in the area, this is a great place to escape the summer heat, an afternoon shower or even the winter chill and enjoy some great food. So with that, I will leave you with some of my personal recommendations! Happy Eating!
Starters: The Roasted Salmon Salad OR The Seared Camembert (with red wine sauce)
Main Course: Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Green Salad and Cranberry Sauce OR Steak with Baked Potatoes and Thyme Sauce
Pasta/Noodles: Pasta – The Black Fettucine w/ Ricotta and Fried Walnut
Sandwiches: *My Favorite* The Grilled Beef Sandwich but honestly, you can eat all of them cuz they won’t disappoint!
Soup: The French Onion OR The Goulash
Sides: I really like the Jasmine Rice
Desserts: I have several favorites so get ready: Chocolate Fondant, Panna Cotta, Tiramisu, Homemade Sorbet, and it must be last on their list for a reason ***Pancakes with Strawberry Confiture/with Condensed Milk***
Drinks: I can’t speak for all their drinks BUT, I can tell you that you’d be missing out if you didn’t try their Lemonades, especially their ginger lemonade. Get the 600ml pitcher – you can thank me later. You’ll drink that stuff quicker than I drank a 1/2 gallon of milk after trying Satan’s Blood Hot Sauce Extract (believe me, you don’t want to experience that…or maybe you do)!
I really enjoyed sharing this place with you all today. I really have been gone too long and I really want to change things. I do sincerely apologize to you all that had good hopes for this website. I hope to deliver.
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