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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Middle-Eastern Melange

MTNefertiti's dining room features tables under a central curtained pagoda.
Nefertiti is a real Middle Eastern mixed bag. Named after ancient Egyptian royalty, it is designed in a Moroccan style using Egyptian and Moroccan decorations, but has a Lebanese chef and a combined Lebanese and European menu. Despite this mixed and matched approach, the end result is quite successful, taking into account that this is an unpretentious and inexpensive restaurant.

The interior is elaborate, with a dark-wood, pagoda-like structure in the center of the hall draped with shimmering veils, inside which stand a number of the restaurant's tables. The walls are clad with rough-hewn, sand-colored brickwork. In the corner is a small sound setup, dance floor and stage.

The most interesting items on the menu are the Lebanese dishes. The tabbouleh (150 rubles), hummus (110 rubles) and baba ghanoush (145 rubles) are all fine renditions of these classic dishes. Falafel goes for 300 rubles, but is not always available. There are four varieties of sambousik pies, stuffed with spinach (120 rubles), cheese (120 rubles), meat (120 rubles) or a mixture of fish, prawns and cheese (150 rubles). The grill menu is huge and includes various grilled seafood dishes, five varieties of kebabs (280-350 rubles), three sorts of shashlik (350-500 rubles) plus three types of assorted-shashlik plates (plain assorted 400 rubles, assorted seafood 750 rubles and a large assortment 1,000 rubles).

Nefertiti serves its own in-house "Nefertiti" beer, which is actually quite tasty and decent value at 80 rubles a half-liter. Turkish-style coffee costs 120 rubles and hookahs start from 450 rubles.

As could be expected, there is live music and belly dancers to entertain diners in the evenings.

8 Ul. Sergiya Radonezhskogo, 671-5162, 11 a.m.-last guest, M. Ploshchad Ilicha.