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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Trip in the Safe Zone

MTGeo Cafe doesn't take any risks with its interior design or its menu.
It is the very model of a modern Moscow restaurant -- Geo Cafe fits the bill in almost every way.

The design follows the classic formula with its simple yet nonetheless elegant and refined interior. Beige and chocolate tones dominate the color scheme, with the cream-upholstered, dark-wood furniture matched by dark-wood shelving. The large windows with a would-be view over the park along Lubyansky Proyezd are shrouded with sheer, white voiles to keep prying eyes out.

With a tie-in to Geo magazine and the travel agency of the same name, the cafe follows a vague travel theme and describes itself as a restaurant of "un-extreme gastronomic journeys." As such, any culinary explorations are "done carefully, with the strange recipes adapted to suit the digestive abilities of our guests' European stomachs." In practice, this means that the menu is entirely devoid of anything unfamiliar. It reads, in fact, like a top-of-the-pops hit list from the capital's cafes. Ruccola with grilled prawns and parmesan (460 rubles), beef carpaccio (320 rubles) and Caesar salad (chicken 290 rubles, prawn 340 rubles) are all present and accounted for. The exotic East makes an appearance in the form of sushi (90-140 rubles), sashimi (240-380 rubles) and rolls (95-320 rubles) plus a tasty seaweed salad with peanut sauce (190 rubles). A "nostalgia" section offers Russian classics such as stolichny salad with chicken (260 rubles) or with salmon (290 rubles), seld pod shuboi or herring under a layer of mayonnaise and beets (210 rubles) and, of course, pelmeni (310 rubles).

Naturally, being a follower of fashion, Geo Cafe hosts various art exhibitions, which certainly liven up what would otherwise be quite a stark interior. Currently on display is Yelena Fokina's "Pears as People" show.

19 Lubyansky Proyezd, 623-2578, M. Kitai-Gorod.