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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

An Almost Organic Cafe

MTDiners at Organic are treated to highlights from nature documentaries.
"An organic place for organic people" is how Organic Cafe describes itself. But don't jump to any conclusions. This is no basket-weaving commune veggie bar. Instead, it's quite the opposite.

Organic Cafe's decor is stylish, incorporating many of the design features commonly found in more upmarket Moscow establishments. The ceiling lights are clad in delicate cloth lampshades, and the simple furniture is fashioned from dark wood and upholstered in beige. Small touches, however, do hint at the organic theme: a natural color scheme with earth tones complemented by some touches of green, abundant potted plants, and a small patch of grass in the center of each table. Flat-screen televisions show colorful (and nonviolent) highlights from nature documentaries.

The menu also follows a familiar formula, with plenty of regular old favorites, such as rucola and prawn salad (300 rubles) and Caesar salads (with grilled chicken -- 180 rubles, tuna -- 220 rubles, prawns -- 300 rubles). Next to some of the other dishes on the menu, such as the crab salad (250 rubles) and the fresh salad (160 rubles), the word "bio" indicates that the dish uses "organic" ingredients. The soups also come with a bio stamp and include cream of oyster-mushroom soup (150 rubles) and cream of garden-pea soup (120 rubles). There are various pasta dishes such as tagliatelle with four cheeses (250 rubles), spaghetti carbonara (250 rubles) and farfalle with porcini (300 rubles), none of which have the bio stamp. Wine starts at 150 rubles a glass.

When asked about the organic certification for the ingredients used in the "bio" dishes, restaurant staff said that all the ingredients were certified by authorities in various countries including Germany and Italy.

6 Bolshaya Sadovaya Ul., Bldg. 2, 650-5998/9668, 24 hours, M. Mayakovskaya.