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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Something for Everyone

MTVeresk strikes a comfortable balance between Japanese and European.
A few years back, it seemed that every cafe and its dog was adding a sushi selection to its menu. Well after a veritable sushi saturation of the local dining scene, the shoe is on the other foot -- it's now the sushi bars' turn to add a European menu.

Veresk is one of these new-breed cafes. The interior has a lightly stylized Japanese feel. There is a bit of bamboo and some paper screens; there are even some vaguely comic-like characters painted about the walls, but they are hardly manga-style. On the whole, it's fairly neutral.

Like most sushi bars in Moscow, Veresk is democratic establishment, with a relaxed vibe and inexpensive prices. The sushi menu offers no real surprises, with sushi starting at 30 rubles apiece, rolls from 170 rubles and assorted sushi selections from 335 rubles. The European menu offers a mix of Russian, Italian and general European dishes. Herring Russian-style costs 70 rubles and salmon or beef carpaccio goes for 130 rubles. The soup selection is decent and although the portions are modest so are the prices. Borshch costs 90 rubles, solyanka costs 100 rubles and Rostov-style ukha fish soup goes for 100 rubles. There are three varieties of cream soup -- spinach (80 rubles), champignon (120 rubles) and salmon (120 rubles). Mains include stuffed sea bass (370 rubles), home-style lamb (220 rubles) and shashliks starting at 220 rubles for chicken going up to 320 rubles for salmon. There is also a selection of pastas such as fettuccini carbonara and four-cheese penne (both 170 rubles). Pelmeni go for a mere 60 rubles.

A mixed plate of beer snacks (250 rubles) includes chicken wings, garlic toasts and onion rings. Veresk sells its own tasty house beer, both light and dark (90 rubles), and a peculiar-sounding green bamboo beer for 100 rubles. House wine costs 75 rubles a glass and for cold autumn days, Veresk serves hot gluhwein (120 rubles). For those looking for a quick weekday lunch there is a business lunch for 120 rubles -- and Wi-Fi is free.

27/29 Sretenka Ul., 208-0654, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 24 hours, M. Sukharevskaya.