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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City Cafe Number One

MTGorodskoye Cafe No. 1 boasts a two-level interior and big windows.
Gorodskoye Cafe No. 1 is exactly what its name suggests -- a classic city cafe -- although the "number one" part is stretching things a bit.

Located where the short-lived T-Bar once resided, it is slightly nondescript, but its neutral, downtown vibe is well suited to both quick business lunches and after-work drinks.

Gorodskoye Cafe No. 1 shouldn't be mistaken for a coffee shop-chain kind of place. The two-level interior has a more minimalist feel than your average Coffee House or Shokoladnitsa. Its sparse decoration is limited to pictures of city scenes and other such urban motifs. The menu, on the other hand, is considerably more substantial than the chains' -- in both food and drinks.

The breakfast menu runs from 10 a.m. to midday. Four sorts of porridge are offered (70 rubles each). A three-egg omelet costs 60 rubles, with various additions for 40 rubles. Farm cheese fritters with sour cream go for 100 rubles.

The regular menu offers a wide variety of cuisines, with plenty of classic Russian dishes. There is a decent selection of marinated and salted fish, such as lightly salted salmon with toast (150 rubles), herring (130 rubles) and a plate of assorted fish (410 rubles). A cheese plate costs 390 rubles.

Salads include the staple chicken Caesar (220 rubles), the fashionable ruccola with tiger prawns (280 rubles) and the ol' faithful Olivye (160 rubles). Soup choices are diverse, ranging from seafood Thai-style (170 rubles) to borshch (130 rubles). Five sorts of pasta range from 210 rubles for carbonara to 340 rubles for tagliatelle with tiger prawns.

The beverage list includes wine by the glass stating at 110 rubles. Draft beer starts at 120 rubles for half a liter of Heineken.

40a Myasnitskaya Ul., 621-8120, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Chistiye Prudy.