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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Boulevard Collection

MTA DJ mixing tunes at the turntables makes for a cool vibe at Kollektsia.
Kollektsia is the latest inexpensive eatery to open on Tsvetnoi Bulvar. And given the affordability, it's a surprisingly stylish place.

There are large windows across the face of the cafe, which, besides providing plenty of daylight for the beds of bright green grass growing on the windowsills, also offer an excellent vantage point for watching the world pass by.

The modern interior is airy and spacious with red, round lights hanging from the ceiling and sofas running along the wall. A large black-and-white photomontage hangs behind the bar, and turntables stand in a prominent spot for the DJs who spin laid-back tunes here come weekend evenings.

The eclectic menu contains no real surprises other than its reasonable prices. Among the more standard dishes, a Greek salad costs 180 rubles. A Thai-style salad comes as vegetarian for 190 rubles, with chicken breast for 100 rubles, with beef for 120 rubles and with grilled prawns for 160 rubles. Salmon tartare with avocado and ginger goes for 220 rubles.

The hot starters include vegetable tempura for 130 rubles, mushroom julienne with baked potato for 140 rubles and village-style potatoes with mushrooms for 115 rubles. A troika of blini costs 120 rubles and can come with either cold-smoked salmon, handmade jam, sour cream or sweetened condensed milk.

There is a range of pasta, such as fettuccini with a cream sauce (140 rubles), which can come with bacon, cold-smoked salmon, forest mushrooms or Roquefort cheese for an additional 100 rubles. Spaghetti with a tomato sauce (140 rubles) is available with ground meat (110 rubles), ruccola (110 rubles) or seafood (130 rubles).

Mains include such dishes as pork with pineapple under a cherry sauce (270 rubles) and grilled trout (270 rubles).

Beer starts at 140 rubles for a half-liter of Sibirskaya Korona (listed as "Kollektsia" beer on the menu). Wine starts at 100 rubles a glass.

7 Tsvetnoi Bulvar, 623-2425, 9 a.m.-midnight, Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-6 a.m., M. Trubnaya.