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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fresh From the Bakery

MTBulkas Makom would be most suitable for a quick breakfast or lunch.
Bulkas Makom is a new breed of sandwich shop. Created by the restaurateurs behind such colorful eateries as Metro and Glavpivtorg, the new cheap and cheerful cafe has a lot going for it.

Given its democratic niche, the interior is surprisingly slick, with its ultra modern fit-out and recessed lighting creating a cool atmosphere, greatly aided by its choice of soothing lounge tunes as the background music. Its large windows provide for plenty of natural light and make Bulkas an attractive option for combining people watching with breakfast or a quick lunchtime snack.

The menu is extremely limited with just a handful of options in each category. There are four salads -- olivye, Greek, Caesar and tuna -- all 80 rubles. Sandwiches take the form of wraps and croissants (both 95 rubles) with such fillings as chicken, ham, roast beef, salami and salmon.

Perhaps the most appetizing options available are the mouth-watering baked goods, which range in price from 25 rubles for a plyushka up to 150 rubles for cheesecake, with all manner of cakes, tiramisu and buns in between. They all come fresh from the cafe's own bakery out by the Glavpivtorg restaurant at Lubyanka.

Bulkas Makom is not really a drinking kind of establishment, but it does serve Miller in the bottle as well as Redd's cider (both 60 rubles for 330 milliliters). The freshly squeezed (but perhaps a little watery) juice is much more in keeping with the spirit of the place and costs 75 rubles a glass.

34/36 Bolshaya Serpukhovskaya Ul., 237-6452, 8 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Serpukhovskaya.