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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dine on the Same Page

MTThe 'picturesque' room has an eclectic collection of murals on its walls.
Pervaya Biblioteka is a thematic club-restaurant, but the exact theme is somewhat encyclopedic. As the name suggests, there's a room styled as a library with large shelves of leather-bound tomes, which are all apparently available for in-house reading and even takeout as well. Besides this bibliothecal bonanza, there is a wealth of other variously themed rooms, most with their walls and ceilings completely covered in murals.

On the first floor, neighboring the library room, is the so-called "picturesque" room painted with romantic renditions of historical scenes, legends and sailing ships. Downstairs are three private rooms equipped for karaoke -- a Middle-Ages room with a village landscape across its arched ceiling and walls, a smaller Egyptian room with matching murals, and the savanna room, without a mural but with an arched brick ceiling instead. The basement even has a separate disco.

Not surprisingly, many of the dishes have colorful names. The Seagull is lettuce dressed in olive oil with chicken breast, prawns and champignons (250 rubles), while the 1st Salad comes with lettuce and crayfish under a piquant sauce with cherry tomatoes and croutons (270 rubles). The Count Monte Cristo is not the deep-fried sandwich popular in the United States, but a rather more healthful combination of sliced roast beef, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and orange with iceberg lettuce (250 rubles). For those looking for something more calorific, the "carpaccio" of salted pork fat with boiled potatoes (170 rubles) should line the stomach nicely.

The seafood dishes are listed under the heading "A Collection of Fish Compositions," and range from 210 rubles for Volume VIII -- fried carp -- up to 790 rubles for Volume III -- fried sterlet. The meat options are listed under the heading Encyclopedia of Meat Dishes and start at 270 rubles for Entry VII -- potato cakes with pork -- and range up to 420 rubles for Entry V -- baked pork with porcini (a dish "for real men," states the menu).

Red wine starts at 150 rubles a glass, while white starts at 45 rubles per 50 milliliters. Draft beer begins at 170 rubles for light Krusovice, while draft Blanche de Bruxelles is 190 rubles a half-liter.

8 Brodnikov Per., 238-7075, 11 a.m.-midnight, M. Polyanka.