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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

You're the Guest at Gosti

MTDim, scarlet-lit Gosti is suitable for after-work drinks or late cocktails.
With its bevy of bars and inexpensive eateries, the square surrounding Belorussky Station has long been developing as a center of after-work entertainment. Yet even given the variety available, finding a free table on a Friday night can be a challenge. Adding to your options in this cabal of cafes is newcomer Gosti, a classic downtown bar and eatery.

It follows the formula pretty tightly -- it is small and smoky, with dimmed red lighting that gets dimmer as the night progresses. There's a DJ in the corner spinning some tracks, while the public sits drinking cocktails and other mixed drinks.

The cocktails selection is fairly large and ranges from 150 to 350 rubles. A shot of "house" whisky is a reasonable 120 rubles, Campari costs 100 rubles and soda water goes for 50 rubles. Heineken is the only draft beer (120 rubles a half-liter) and a glass of dry white wine costs 150 rubles. Hookahs start from 450 rubles.

Being a 24-hour place, Gosti has a breakfast menu for those dropping in before work or after partying. Omelets cost 70 rubles, extra ingredients cost 15 rubles each. Olady pikelets cost 90 rubles.

The remainder of the menu is split between predictable Japanese and Italian options. Besides the sushi and sashimi, there's the usual assortment of salads, starting at 150 rubles for a simple mixed vegetable salad and reaching 340 rubles for gyoza with duck served on lettuce with pomegranate seeds. Other classic city standards on the menu are two sorts of carpaccio (salmon and tuna for 220 rubles and beef for 270 rubles) and a cheese plate (340 rubles).

There are a handful of pasta dishes, from 240 rubles for spaghetti carbonara up to 320 rubles for seafood fettuccini. Mains include the ol' favorite salmon steak (240 rubles) and bread-crumbed pork with potatoes (190 rubles), among other similarly uninspiring dishes.

1 Lesnaya Ul., 251-1109, 24 hours, M. Belorusskaya.