Snacks While You Shop

MTAt Z-Cafe you can enjoy views over the Garden Ring and Novy Arbat.
Z-Cafe -- no it's not Zorro's favorite watering hole, but a rather pleasant spot to go for drinks on the corner of Novy Arbat and the Garden Ring.

Situated inside the posh new Lotte Plaza retail center, it's surrounded by swank boutiques. Yet unlike the usual mall cafe, it manages some sense of individuality, thanks largely to the fact that besides opening onto the shop floor, it has its own separate entrance from the street. Another plus is its large windows and positioning on the shopping center's corner, giving it wide arcing views stretching from down the ring around to Novy Arbat.

The menu is exactly what you would expect to find in such a cafe -- mainly sushi, sashimi and rolls, plus a substantial nonalcoholic drinks list, desserts and a brief selection of mains.

Sushi ranges from 250 to 300 rubles for two-piece sets, while the spicy sushi selection goes for 350 rubles for two-piece sets. Sashimi starts at 460 rubles for salmon or tuna. Rolls go for 300 rubles, with the "special" rolls selling for around 600 rubles. The predominantly Japanese-style mains also average around 600 rubles.

The focus here, however, is the beverages. There is a vast array of teas for various prices, averaging around 300 rubles a pot. Fourteen varieties of freshly squeezed juices start from 280 rubles for more humble fruits such as orange or apple and reach 1,100 rubles for raspberry juice. There is also an equally large range of fruit-flavored milkshakes, 250 to 360 rubles. Italian "elite" ice cream starts at 100 rubles a scoop. Although this really doesn't seem like the place for it, Z-Cafe does serve draft beer, with Staropramen at 200 rubles a half-liter and Hoegaarden for 250 rubles a half-liter.

Novinsky Bulvar, property 8, inside Lotte Plaza, 967-1841, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Smolenskaya.