A Bit of East and West

MTAt Mixture, you'll find variety in both the decor and choice of food.
Mixture's self-stated aim is to provide exactly what its name suggests. The restaurant wants visitors to feel that, upon entering, they have embarked on a round-the-world journey, taking in all manner of familiar and unfamiliar experiences.

The main hall certainly leans toward the familiar -- it resembles an Old World gentleman's club. The entire interior is clad in dark wood, with the ceiling being particularly elaborate, decorated with diminutive crisscross woodwork.

Running around the perimeter of the main hall are spacious booths fitted with comfortable leather sofas.

Hanging on one wall is a large map of the world with souvenir plates of various destinations. The restaurant feels like a turn-of-the-last-century explorers' headquarters.

The real m?lange, however, is found on the menu, which features an eclectic blend of dishes that come from around the globe.

The salad selections are all referred to as mixes and include a Kamchatka mix with crab (720 rubles), an Italian mix with ruccola, cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and tiger prawns (445 rubles), and a Thai mix with red curry potatoes, mixed salad leaves and octopus (480 rubles).

The pasta section includes Chinese dumplings (crab -- 512 rubles, lamb -- 240 rubles, vegetables --180 rubles and an assortment -- 365 rubles), spaghetti carbonara (318 rubles) and vareniki with potatoes and mushroom (240 rubles).

The main dishes are so varied that "Mexican Sun" ground beef with beans and peppers is listed right above beef Stroganoff with mashed potatoes and salted pickles (495 rubles).

And a sturgeon grill (1,450 rubles) sits above Thai-style black cod (870 rubles).

16 Krasnoproletarskaya Ul., Bldg. 1, 232-4702, 737-5919, 9 a.m.-last guest, M. Novoslobodskaya.