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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Where Cozy Sofas Await

MTA popular club at night, Solyanka is a laid-back cafe during the day.
They don't sell solyanka at Solyanka. But that's not to say that the new cafe and club doesn't serve up some tasty dishes.

Moscow's clubs have always been pretty dependable when it comes to food -- it's not unusual for nightclubs, and even bars, to have a full menu and operate as eateries during the day. The recently opened Solyanka is no exception in this regard -- it provides a complete and rather eclectic range of dishes.

Unlike some clubs, however, which seem sterile and empty once the sun rises, Solyanka offers a bohemian, cozy atmosphere with numerous comfy sofas in its three rooms. Another plus is the large windows, which provide plenty of light. Overall, Solyanka's amicable ambience lends itself to a lazy Sunday afternoon meal or an early evening snack.

The menu lists a mix of Russian, Italian and various other European dishes. The exceptionally tasty pickled porcini go for 210 rubles, chicken pate costs 170 rubles and the popular Parma ham with mozzarella costs 390 rubles. Salads include the Russian classic vinaigrette (190 rubles), flavor-of-the-moment ruccola with prawns (320 rubles) and a Thai roast beef salad (290 rubles). Soups include mushroom (190 rubles) and borshch with pampushki (190 rubles).

For your main course, the choices include chicken patties with mushroom sauce (260 rubles), beef Stroganoff (230 rubles) and a rib-eye steak (680 rubles). There is also a pasta and risotto section, which includes porcini risotto (310 rubles), a prawn pasta dish (380 rubles) and black spaghetti with crab (490 rubles).

Solyanka has a decent beer selection: Edelweiss (180 rubles a half-liter), Carlsberg (200 rubles), the rare Oyster Stout (200 rubles) and Guinness (240 rubles). For those after something non-alcoholic, the kitchen prepares its own lemonade -- 220 rubles for 600 milliliters.

11 Ul. Solyanka, 221-7557, noon to last guest, M. Kitai-Gorod.