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Russia’s most famous and successful restaurateur, Arkady Novikov heads an empire with more than 50 restaurants throughout Moscow. His organisation includes supermarkets, florists and a 15 acre farm, with some 7,000 people in his employ. It was back in 1992 that Arkady opened his first restaurant and now with a clientele that includes everyone from Vladimir Putin and Bill Clinton through to Naomi Campbell he is pretty much a big dog in the food world. Now with Novikov Restaurant & Bar having opened at the end of 2011 in Mayfair, Novikov is here to conquer London as well.

There is a choice between the Asian restaurant, Italian restaurant and lounge bar. Now I’m only writing on behalf of one. But the Italian restaurant was cracking. The service was immaculate. The bread basket was unreal. With dips and oils and all. The mozzarella and tomato starter was pricey but utterly spectacular. Then for main I had the most incredible seared steak and artichoke. Perfection. It’s not snuggly and it’s not cheap. But the mozzarella was something out of this world. Arkady’s done good.

by Em Bell