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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Singing for Your Supper

MTIn terms of interior design, Verdi's repertoire is hits and memories.
Verdi evokes a certain deja vu. Perhaps it's the familiar chocolate color scheme accented with dark gold fittings that makes you feel like you've been here before. Or maybe it's the rococo-inspired dark-wood furniture and cream chiffon drapes. And, of course, there's the ubiquitous Fashion TV.

Verdi resembles dozens of posh cafe clones found all over Moscow, except for one thing: karaoke. Hidden downstairs are two karaoke rooms -- and for those expats who like to dabble in a little of the vocals arts, there's some more good news. Besides a database of 11,000 Russian songs, there's an additional 5,000 foreign-language songs.

The breakfast menu lists porridges (all 145 rubles), fried eggs and omelets (both 155 rubles), fruit salad (330 rubles), various dairy dishes and blini.

From noon to 3 p.m. there's a 20 percent discount on the main menu, plus a soup of the day for 250 rubles and a range of lunch salads all for 150 rubles.

The regular menu features all the old favorites. There's the familiar set of salads such as tomato, mozzarella and basil (350 rubles), classic Caesar (360 rubles) and salad of grilled vegetables (270 rubles). Cold starters include Parma ham and melon (660 rubles) and those old standbys, beef (470 rubles) and salmon (320 rubles) carpaccio. Among the hot starters are grilled sea scallops (510 rubles) and a baked eggplant with mozzarella, vegetables and chorizo sausage (300 rubles).

There is good variety of pasta and risotto, ranging in price from 210 rubles for penne with a tomato-based sauce up to 610 rubles for a seafood risotto.

Seafood mains start at 420 for a fillet of salmon, while meat mains begin at 390 rubles for marbled beef stew. Naturally there is a range of sushi, sashimi and rolls plus a few other Japanese bits and bobs. Beer starts at 180 rubles for a half-liter of Heineken.

24/2 Ul. Sretenka, Bldg. 2, 740-8216, Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-11:45 p.m., Thu. & Fri. 10 a.m.-5 a.m., Sat. noon-5 a.m., Sun. noon-11:45 p.m., M. Sukharevskaya.