So yesterday was Settling-in Conference Day. (mini-rant: School started a month ago, and teachers meet with parents mainly for us to discuss goals for the year. A month is obviously not enough for the teacher to know our child, yet this is the only formal setting that we get to meet with the teachers the entire school year! On the last day of school, the report book comes back with your child, but there is no meeting with teachers to discuss the report book nor how the year had gone. S.T.U.P.I.D.)
*takes deep breath...ohhhmmmm...
So after meeting with the respective teachers, I decided to take the boys out to lunch at a Lebanese restaurant which I had been to twice previously. It was a risk cos my boys (Sean more so than Brian) have pretty conservative tastebuds.
Shafran or Saffron is located in the heart of the city (Spiridonyevsky Pereulok, 12/9; tel:+7 (495) 788-06-00) but thankfully traffic wasn't too bad at that time of the day. I'm listing the phone number down so that I remember to reserve the nice cushioned seats (gives an Arabic feel mah) next time. All the nice tables were reserved; in fact, we were quite lucky they gave us a table as the place began to fill up really quickly right after we were seated. All business people, we were definitely out of place.
I only managed to take a picture of the oxtail soup, mezes (appetisers made of different veg and meat), pita and flat bread. When the mains came (Brian had beef shaslik and me/Sean had chicken kebab), there were too many waiters around...(I find the place a bit over-staffed), just didn't seem appropriate to take pictures. The restaurant scene in Moscow seem a bit 'atas', even those in moderate price-range...unlike in Singapore, where you can be pretty informal in most restaurants.
Just like the Korean place I went to the previous day, I only really like the appetisers, not the mains. I would be happy just to eat the unlimited Pita breads dipped in a few plates of mezes. This time, I ordered Turkish Salad (some slightly spicy tomato concoction) and another meze made of cod fish. The boys wouldn't have any.
Brian's beef shaslik was really delicious. And thankfully, Sean loved the chicken kebab...I told him they were sausages. He loved the pita bread too. Five minutes after we left the place, Sean said he wanted to come to the restaurant again the next day. I'm happy, not easy to find a place where Sean would eat anything more than just bread! Saffron it will be again the next time school's out.