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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Organic Ostozhenka

MTBio Gourmet's Eko-Cafe is suitable for an organic lunch after shopping.
Organic food seems to be slowly taking root in Moscow. It wasn't too long ago that the only source of organic goods was hippie stores such as Put k Sebe, Beliye Oblaka or the short-lived Ryzhaya Tykva. Then along came Organic, the organic-inspired cafe just off Pushkin Square. Its organic credentials were questioned by some, and in any case only some dishes were given a "bio" organic rating in the restaurant's own menu. Late last year, however, came the most impressive addition to Moscow's organic scene to date, with the opening of Bio Gourmet -- a fully fledged organic delicatessen.

The Bio Gourmet deli has an impressive collection of organic-certified canned and preserved goods plus a decent selection of fruits and vegetables, and even fresh breads and other baked goods. The store lists 2,000 items in all.

Located beneath the delicatessen is the affiliated Eko-Cafe, in a space that once housed Carpaccio, followed by Indokitai. Besides a sepia-toned mural left over from its Carpaccio days, the interior is a fairly simple mix of white and pale pastel.

The menu is also straightforward in its brevity, and all dishes are made with organic ingredients from the upstairs store. There are just six salads and starters, beginning with a mixed vegetable salad for 220 rubles. There are two soups, a minestrone (195 rubles) and a cream potato with porcini and truffle (280 rubles). The two pasta dishes consist of salmon fettuccini with vegetables (320 rubles) and tagliatelle with tiger prawns with pesto (550 rubles). Organic doesn't mean meat-free: the menu offers rib-eye steak in a red-wine sauce (560 rubles) as well as steak grill for 750 rubles. There are five varieties of desserts available, including the curious mango "spaghetti" with a grapefruit sauce and rose pepper (450 rubles). Glasses of wine start at 270 rubles -- and for those looking to grow themselves an organic beer gut, there is organic German beer starting at 360 rubles a half-liter. Classic cocktails are also served -- the only non-organic options on the menu.

40/1 Ul. Ostozhenka, 247-4093,

10 a.m.-10 p.m., M. Park Kultury,