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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gamble If You're Game

MT'Roll the dice and unleash the excitement' was the 'Jumanji' film slogan.
Joomanji is a strange beast. In a previous incarnation it was a Middle Eastern eatery, but it has since undergone a mild makeover and added some lion motifs plus other African paraphernalia -- presumably a reference to the film "Jumanji" named after a Zulu word meaning "many effects." Besides this minor update, the restaurant remains much as it was before -- an open dining section attached to an enormous dance floor.

The main dining section features some comfortable divans in booth-style seating around its perimeter, plus a few tables along the other side of the dance floor. Besides the open dining section, separated by a small, colorfully tiled border, is a tiled pagoda-like structure around which are several small tables for two.

The menu features all the city cafe classics, such as Caesar (chicken and bacon -- 230 rubles, king prawns -- 250 rubles, salmon with pesto sauce 280 rubles), Greek salad (210 rubles) and salmon carpaccio (230 rubles).

There is a similarly predictable array of mains, but more importantly for conservative expats, a full range of bar food. A classic cheeseburger costs 260 rubles, a blue-cheese burger with bacon goes for 280 rubles and a regular burger costs 240 rubles. Also offered is a club sandwich with chicken (220 rubles) and lighter snacks including fried onion rings (240 rubles) and chicken wings (220 rubles).

There is a large range of cocktails, and beer starts at 160 rubles for Corona or Miller in a 330-milliliter bottle.

Joomanji is certainly not a restaurant you would choose for fine dining, but as a spot for a quick bite to eat or a cocktail after catching a show at the Mir concert hall upstairs, it may well fit the bill.

11 Tsvetnoi Bulvar, Bldg. 2, 621-0780, 623-7447, 749-7456, noon-midnight, M. Tsvetnoi Bulvar.