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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Try Japanese Fast Food

MTUdonyasan specializes in udon noodles and offers no sushi or sashimi.
Moscow's first Japanese eatery that sells no sushi has opened on Seleznyovskaya Ulitsa. In sushi-crazed Moscow, that might sound like a pub with no beer, but Udonyasan is actually a Japanese noodle joint -- udon noodles to be precise. Basing itself on the noodle bars found in Japan, this little eatery has a sign running across its front boasting "Moscow's first Japanese fast food." The food may come fast, but this is no burger chain - for starters, the food actually tastes good.

The noodle bar is housed in a glass-fronted pavilion with a simple interior. There are two rows of plain wooden benches, and a fast-food-style ordering counter at one end. Diners place their orders and pay at the counter, take their seats, and in a couple of minutes the order is brought to the table.

The menu is brief, with 12 basic selections, plus a few specials. There are six udon noodle dishes available for either 100 or 120 rubles each, such as noodles with beef and onion in white wine sauce (120 rubles), with curry sauce, vegetables and beef (120 rubles) and with soft seaweed wakame (100 rubles). The servings are more than ample. The menu also lists six rice dishes ranging from 120 to 200 rubles, such as smoked eel with traditional Japanese sauce (200 rubles) and pork chop in bread crumbs with curry sauce (170 rubles). All dishes come with free tea.

There are two combo lunch deals, including one of the above dishes plus, for 60 rubles more, either an additional salad, miso soup and tea, or salad, onigiri rice balls and tea. Miso, onigiri and two sorts of salad can also be ordered separately.

After 5 p.m., there are three extra dishes tailored for beer, which is offered in 330-milliliter bottles -- Stary Melnik (50 rubles) and Asahi or Kirin (100 rubles).

Until the end of the year, there is a special weekend offer -- preschool-aged children are offered a special set meal for free.

28 Seleznyovskaya Ul., (499) 978-7217, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Novoslobodskaya,