Fusion in Name Only

MTFusion Cafe feels more like a cozy spot for tea and scones.
A name like Fusion Cafe evokes images of high-tech, club-like interiors, copious chrome fittings, acid-etched glass tables and tiny halogen lamps strung above on wires. Naturally, you would expect to find such dishes as lightly seared tuna served with foie gras, wasabi mashed potato and the like. So, it's a bit of a shock to find the recently opened Fusion Cafe could not be more different.

The cozy cafe has two separate rooms -- one smoking and one nonsmoking. The design is somewhat reminiscent of a Devonshire tea house with its pale pastel colors, floral cushion covers and wicker table mats. At the same time, it's not too fussy or frilly and is still overall quite restrained.

The menu, although it does offer a range of different cuisines, is really just the standard mix of popular dishes found all over town. There are boiled prawns for beer (190 rubles), a salted pickle selection (260 rubles) that looks like it would go nicely with vodka, and a cheese plate (255 rubles) for the wine lovers. The three varieties of sandwiches include feta with vegetables (190 rubles), salmon with Philadelphia cream cheese (250 rubles) and chicken teriyaki with vegetables (220 rubles). There are also three types of pizzas offered, vegetarian (350 rubles), meat and mushrooms (400 rubles) and seafood (480 rubles). Pastas start at 255 rubles for spaghetti with tomato and basil or fettuccini with salmon. Meat mains start at 300 rubles for beef Stroganoff and fish mains at 350 rubles for salmon fillet with vegetables and baked potato. Naturally, there is also Japanese section.

There are four different business lunch offers -- a Euro lunch for 180 rubles and three Japanese sets (250/280/300 rubles).

Wines start at 140 rubles a glass for Chilean or South African red and 190 rubles a glass for Australian white. Draft beers include dark or light Krusovice (160 rubles a half-liter) and Hoegaarden (195 rubles a half-liter).

29/31 Ul. Sergeya Radonezhskogo, Bldg. 1, 707-1480, 11 a.m.-midnight, M. Ploshchad Ilicha.