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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bottomless Breakfasts

MTDe Ville has some good offers on its fixed breakfast and lunch menus.
It calls itself a French cafe, but De Ville's breakfast deal has got what Americans want -- bottomless cups of filter coffee for 40 rubles.

As the search for a cup of filtered Joe with breakfast has led more than one espresso-averse American to dine on a McBreakfast, news of this offer should be welcomed. But since De Ville is a French cafe, breakfast goers will go without their hash browns and waffles. There are two set menus available from 8 a. m. to noon, French and continental. The French breakfast costs 145 rubles and includes omelet, cheese, ham, confiture, French bread, and juice, tea or coffee. The continental breakfast, at 95 rubles, is simpler, with a pastry, yogurt, fruit puree and tea or coffee. Other morning-friendly items are available separately, including croissants (45 rubles).

Commencing seamlessly after the end of the breakfast specials are two business lunch options (noon to 4 p. m.) -- soup and a salad for 165 rubles or 280 rubles for soup or salad and a main, such as schnitzel, pasta or salmon, plus a glass of juice.

Given the good value of the fixed menus, the a la carte offerings seem somewhat overpriced and unnecessary. A simple vegetable salad costs 210 rubles, while the unmediterranean cream-drenched "Mediterranean" seafood salad costs 320 rubles. On the other hand, ordering from the desserts menu would appear to be worthwhile, with an impressive selection of handmade chocolates and rich cakes. The house specialty "O! Shokolya!" is a chocolate tart filled with hot chocolate and served with vanilla ice cream (195 rubles). Other sweet-tooth satisfiers include the chocolate noir desire, a three-piece, bitter-chocolate truffle with raspberry, passion fruit, whiskey, calvados and armagnac (120 rubles) and Grand Marnier bliny with fruit salad, vanilla ice cream and a choice of sauces (210 rubles). Further pluses include interesting hot cocktails and free Wi-Fi.

The design of the cafe, with its deep-red walls and large mirrors, is reminiscent of Jean Jacques and as such lends itself to sipping a glass of wine. But unlike at Jean Jacques, De Ville's wine by the glass is not inexpensive: A glass of red starts at 190 rubles, while white starts at 220 rubles.

24/27 Sadovaya Samotyochnaya Ul., 725-6476, 8 a. m.-midnight, M. Tsvetnoi Bulvar.