Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of traditional British and Indian cuisine and drinks at The Moon Under Water, a colonial-inspired tavern with waterfront views in the heart of Saint Petersburg.
The Moon Under Water's kitchen is helmed by executive chef Michael Crippin, who was born in England and received his culinary training in London. Mr. Crippin has gone on to whip up artful sustenance for a variety of celebrities, including Madonna, Bruce Willis, Prince Charles, and William Howard Taft. His culinary style intermingles British and Indian flavors, which can be found on The Moon's menu.
Start with an appetizer of curry and fries ($3.95), beer-battered cod fingers with tartar sauce ($7.95), or chana masala ($6.95), a spicy chick pea dip that is served with fresh naan. Fresh specialty salads ($7.50–$11.50 for a full order) and gussied up taboule plates ($10.50–$11.95) let patrons with lighter appetites appease their bellies, while sandwiches ($7.50–$10.50), curries ($10.95–$13.95), and British specialties ($9.95–$14.95) pull out all of the savory stops. Moon's signature curry is served with basmati rice and pappadom, and made to order in order to satisfy any protein, veggie, and spicy desire. For British bites, try a traditional plate of fish and chips ($14.95), loaded vegetarian shepherd's pie ($11.95), or bangers and mash ($11.95). Rinse down rations with spirits or suds from The Moon's full bar, which boasts 16 beers on tap and happy hour every Monday–Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Numerous press publications featured The Moon Under Water, including the St. Petersburg Times and Creative Loafing. Seventy-five percent of more than 380 Urbanspooners recommend it, and Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars:
- It's a casual, neighborhood joint with a vocal coterie of regulars and a diverse menu of fairly priced dishes. For me, the worst thing about reviewing the Moon Under Water is that it will be a while until I get to go back. – Laura Reiley, St. Petersburg Times
- Always great food and a good selection of beers. The price is very reasonable especially for the location, which looks out over the water downtown. I have eaten at many of the restaurants downtown that are pricier and the food is still nicer at the Moon. There is a reason this place has been around so long. – britchick2000, Urbanspoon
Downtown St. Petersburg
332 Beach Dr. NE
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