Toys and More at Bufet

MTEvery day is a teddy bear's picnic at the cool and comfy cafe Bufet.
After an absence of several years, Bufet has reopened in a new location. Its new incarnation is a pleasantly eclectic trio of lounge rooms that seems popular among comfortably well-off families. This would seem to be in no small part due to the extraordinarily large number of toys found inside the cafe, but it's not the usual kid's room in the back with board games and toy trucks. Bufet's toys take pride of place on shelves and tabletops -- nearly every sofa has some kind of stuffed creature sitting on it. And it would seem that the staff aren't too concerned about damage to these fuzzy creatures, given the way undersized kids can hurtle around the cafe hauling oversized teddies in their arms. But this is not to say the restaurant feels like some kids' cafe; it's actually fairly stylish, with subdued lighting, comfortable divan seating and an overall bohemian atmosphere.

The menu starts with breakfast options available from 10 a.m. to midday, including the usual assortment, such as omelets (120 rubles) with various toppings for 30 rubles each. Blini come in various forms for 100 rubles.

The lunch and dinner menu is fairly regular -- a Greek salad costs 280 rubles; a crab, avocado and flying-fish roe salad sells for 510 rubles. Then there are the carpaccios (beef -- 350 rubles, salmon -- 350 rubles, and tuna -- 390 rubles) and mozzarella with truffle (550 rubles). Some Russian-inspired offerings include borshch with beef (250 rubles). There are even deep-fried chebureki pies with duck and foie gras (300 rubles). Mains include pepper steak (560 rubles), leg of lamb with pepper sauce (580 rubles) and black cod with risotto and green asparagus (950 rubles).

The sole draft beer is Russian-made Kronenbourg (180 rubles a half-liter) and wine starts at 180 rubles for a glass of white or red.

46 Bolshaya Kommunisticheskaya Ul., entrance from Dobrovolcheskaya Ul., 988-2857, 10 a.m.-6 a.m., M. Taganskaya.