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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Make Yourself at Home

MTGuests relaxing over drinks on Homemadecafe's cozy second floor.
Homemadecafe seems handcrafted for the city dweller. While the name may suggest roughly woven tablecloths and jars of potpourri, this is no grandma's tea-and-scones kind of place. Instead, it is a modern, two-level, open-plan cafe with an all-white color scheme. The one nod to self-sufficiency is the old Soviet photo diagrams of culinary techniques, hung around the walls.

Other touches heighten the sense of urbanity. The menu states that diners can charge their telephones, notebooks and iPods. Free Wi-Fi is also provided.

The menu bears the day's date and changes daily. The breakfast section is offered from 9 a.m. to noon and offers plenty of inexpensive porridges (50 rubles), egg dishes (fried 90 rubles, omelets 50 rubles and 30 ruble extras), toasts (50 rubles) and other morning-friendly options. The noon to 4 p.m. lunch special (260 rubles) includes a salad, soup and hot main, and changes daily.

The regular menu features a particularly interesting option: the "guest's dish," which is a suggestion from an individual diner, either by telephone (935-7798) or via email (info@hmcafe.ru). On a recent visit, a guest's dish was chicken giblets with buckwheat porridge (250 rubles).

The regular menu features favorite Moscow city standards with some unexpected extras. Soups include pumpkin (180 rubles), borshch with beef (150 rubles) and gazpacho with prawns (180 rubles). Salads include Caesar (chicken 260 rubles, prawn 320 rubles), Greek (210 rubles) and calamari with fried onion and egg (230 rubles).

There are some Asian dishes such as Thai rolls with prawns (330 rubles) and tuna sashimi with salad leaves (350 rubles). Likewise, there is a small selection of pasta dishes, such as spaghetti baked in foil with seafood (360 rubles).

The liquor selection is decent, as is the wine -- white wine starts at 1,000 rubles a bottle or 200 rubles a glass, while red begins at 1,100 rubles a bottle or 220 rubles a glass. Draft beers include Stella Artois (170 rubles per half liter) and Budweiser (240 rubles per half liter).

10 Bolshoi Gnezdnikovsky Per., 629-6656, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Pushkinskaya, www.hmcafe.ru.