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“One of the best Moscow restaurants”
Review of Uilliam's

Uilliam's
Ranked #104 of 13,716 Restaurants in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Patriarch Ponds
Description: New restaurant on Malaya Bronnaya street in the center of Moscow opened by widely known chief Uilliam Lamberti.The most distinguishing features of the restaurant are: its chief Uilliam Lamberti and his Molteni kitchen situated in the center of the room which is made specially for this particular place.Every single dish is made in front of our guestsThe menu is short and without exceed. Food is simple but addictive. Every day we offer the best quality meat or poultry from suppliers“Uilliam’s is a place where I put my soul. That is why all turns out very friendly and homelike.Our food is a mix from the best cuisines of the world. French one is very technical; Italian – is very familiar to me, because I was born in Italy; English cuisine brings you a sense of novelty; and of course Russian – with its own spirit .There are lots of successful projects about the “atmosphere” in Moscow. Critics are reluctant to write about the restaurants as means of socialization. Personally I was interested in opening place about food which makes people understand, what it’s like to cook from the heart”.
Moscow, Russia
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“One of the best Moscow restaurants”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Uilliam's is definitely the must visit restaurant in Moscow! Excellent food and nice atmosphere. Always overcrowded so it's better to make a reservation before coming.
You won't regret!!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Uilliams or Williams in Moscow”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

After six years of writing PASSPORT restaurant reviews, Uilliam’s is the first place with that genuine comfy feeling of a popular neighborhood Parisian bistro.

Uilliam’s is small, squeezing in at most 60 diners. Décor is simple. It’s practically impossible to get a seat. The tables wrap around a busy, completely open kitchen that is dominated by a huge bright red and brass French artisan Molteni range marked with a large brass plate “Specially for Uilliam Lamberti”. Molteni calls each of its custom stoves “a unique jewel” for great chefs, and Lamberti must be proud to have his Molteni in Moscow.

Owner-chef Uilliam Lamberti is a fifteen-year Moscow veteran from Ascona. Early on he was chef at El Dorado. Most recently he has been a consultant with Ginza Group, the St. Petersburg restaurant conglomerate that has dominated Moscow’s new restaurant scene for the past two years. However, we understand that Uilliam’s is Lamberti’s own pride and joy, and as chef-owner he is a rarity in Moscow.

The cuisine is creative European; there was even Russian Okroshka soup on the menu (but with scallops and marinated salmon). Uilliam’s simple one-page paper menu changes monthly. The plain listings (Seafood Salad, Chicken Soup, Ravioli or Salmon) belie the complexity of the preparation and presentation. For instance, the Seafood Salad (800r) was a wonderful helping of octopus, squid and prawns laid over a thick slice of baked eggplant. The Artichoke (500r) consisted of a generous stack of artichoke heart served on a wooden chopping board with thick, toasted slices of baguette and a delicious whipped goat cheese. The main course Salmon (500r) came out with chanterelle mushrooms under a delightful spinach creamy sauce, and the Ravioli (550r) was made with duck, foie-gras, spinach and goat cheese.

Uilliams’ has a short selection of Rotisserie items – Duck (700r), Rabbit (550r), Quail (450r), and Grill – Ribeye Prime (950r), Lamb Chop (900r).

I started with the Seafood Salad followed by a Ricotta Cheese Soup (600), a remarkable cheesy yet thin soup with chanterelles served in a small copper cooking pan with long crispy slices of baguette. I finished with a Rigatoni with Neapolitan meat sauce (700), which was a little too “al dente” for my taste, though the meat sauce was very good. I stole a forkful of John Ortega’s Risotto (beef tartare and parmesan), which did not meet expectations.

The monthly menu change is also unusual for Moscow, and a boon to encourage experimentation. It also helps build repeat customers who want to try the latest offerings. We understand that Lamberti encourages customer suggestions and input.

Unfortunately we did not try Uilliam’s desserts such as Home Style Apple Tart with Ginger and Lemon (350r) or Biscuits Uillliam (100r).

Most wines are priced between 1300 and 2700 roubles, mostly French and Italian, with five each of red and white wines by the glass at 350 roubles. We first ordered a bottle of very enjoyable Ceralto Vermentino Bolgheri, a tropical fruity Tuscan white at 2300 roubles, and followed with a solid red Spadafora Monreale Syrah (Sicily) at 1950 roubles.

Uilliam’s is open for breakfast and closes “when the last customer leaves”. Reservations are necessary. Fortunately I now have the phone numbers of the PR director and manager.

  • Visited December 2011
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8 Thank jortega
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“If you only manage to get a table”
Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

The kitchen rocks while the service has been a bit 'pitchy here and there'. Be sure to book a table as the place is packed, no chance to squeeze in more than two people without proper heads-up. The ten dollar price range in Tripadvisor is complete nonsense - Uilliam's on the expensive side (even for Moscow). The crowd looks like it knows what it wants, I tend to want the off-the-menu mushroom risotto (a work of art, but as small as they come).

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2 Thank Tango-76
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Moscow, Russia
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“Service with an attitude”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

I often passed by on my way to work, and liked the cozy character of the place and its wide-open windows that give you a bit of an open-air feeling. So we decided to have breakfast there today. We were greeted by three people that were posted at the door (not sure why three are needed), and got a decent table.

As we ordered our food (an English menu was not available), we waited for 20 minutes to just get a coffee. A friendly reminder led to a cold shrug only. They have a lot of staff, not only at reception, but still kitchen and service are very slow - despite of the place not being full. Relatively small breakfast dishes were rather pricey (Coffemania level but not yet of the same quality), so I will probably in the future opt for some of the abundant alternatives in the neighborhood.

  • Visited May 2012
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3 Thank SteveZug
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Tel Aviv
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“Excellent place in Moscow”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

A really different place in the Moscow scene. As soon as you go in you feel like in New York. Hip place, cool people, excellent food, Beautiful people.
Not cheap, but you can make a night of this place, meet people, and make friends.
Highly recommended!

  • Visited April 2012
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