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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shanti's Bargain Buffet

MTSimple in its design, Shanti Buffet serves inexpensive Asian eats.
Shanti restaurant recently celebrated its third birthday. Over the past three years it has garnered a reputation as not only a worthy Vietnamese eatery, but also as a fashionable bar and nightclub as well as an interesting oriental antiques and collectables store. But as if that was not already enough of an achievement, the Shanti team has added one more feather to its cap by opening Shanti Buffet.

Located around the corner from the original Shanti, Shanti Buffet is a simpler affair, almost Spartan. Its single dark-wood hall features two divans that run the length of each side of the room, facing tables inlaid with photographs of people in traditional Vietnamese dress.

Being a buffet, its menu is simpler than at its older sibling and the prices are low. There are just three soups, three noodle dishes, four sandwich choices and a small selection of desserts and beverages.

Soups include tasty tofu and vegetables, chicken wonton with vegetables and herbs, and beef with Vietnamese peanuts, ginger and herbs (all 190 rubles). The three noodle dishes are a chicken curry with ginger, herbs and rice, a spiced beef noodles dish and pork with cinnamon, ginger and rice (all 210 rubles).

The sandwich list may lack authentic banh mi but includes some appetizing concoctions. A choice of brochette or croissant comes with either Philadelphia cheese, green beans and prawns (150 rubles), cumin cheese, ruccola and salmon (150 rubles), raspberry, cheese and duck (150 rubles) or parma ham, tomato and garlic (170 rubles).

Interesting non-alcoholic beverages include soda water with apple and mint (160 rubles) and coconut milk with pineapple juice (190 rubles). Tea sells for 70 rubles.

Shanti Buffet is the perfect place to drop in for a quick light lunch on a busy working day. Just keep in mind that on weekdays there is a two-hour break -- right at lunchtime.

2/1 Myasnitsky Proyezd (enter from Boyarsky Per.), 783-6868, 10 a.m-12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. M. Krasniye Vorota.