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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Exit the Frunzenskaya metro station and look to the left, down the narrow 19th-century alley. Next door to the beautiful Novodevichy Monastery, you'll find the children's restaurant Moo Moo.

And, no, Moo Moo has nothing to do with Ivan Turgenev's famous story "Moo Moo": There are no deaf mute doormen here, no drowned dogs, no vengeful middle-aged ladies. There are precious few "moo's" here, in fact, despite the restaurant's name. But there are plenty of cows. The restaurant is done up like a farmer's kitchen: The chairs, tables, napkins and dishes are painted in black and white cow spots, and the menu is packed with milk-based fare. ("Drink milk, little ones! It tastes good, and it's good for you!") The overall effect is that Moo Moo f with its stone walls, mosaic tables and grill inside a tiny storybook house where a lone cook prepares meat f is as cozy as your favorite stool in your mother's breakfast nook.

While I indulged in a bit of nostalgia for my kindergarten cafeteria (except for the cow spots, it looked a lot like Moo Moo), my daughter and her aunt perused a menu of children's soups, warm milk, kefir, milkshakes, baked apple dishes, lowfat cakes and pies, shashlik and more f all priced from 15 to 142 rubles. We placed our orders and enjoyed a delicious meal of yellow rice and vegetables (80 rubles), chickensoup (35 rubles), bliny with meat and cheese (40 rubles) and pancakes topped with sweetened condensed milk (40 rubles). Two-year-old Varya was all smiles when the waiter brought dessert ? and her very own spotted balloon.

26 Komsomolsky Prospekt, Building 1. Metro Frunzenskaya. Tel. 246-7063. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Credit cards: none.