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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lunch on a Shoestring

MTSupnitsa is one of the few spots with items for one- and two-digit prices.
Supnitsa is a stolovaya reinvented for the 21st century. Unlike the old-school canteens of yesteryear, simple Supnitsa is a cheerful eatery, brightly painted, decorated with large butterfly motifs and bathed in sunlight thanks to large windows. To say that this buffet is inexpensive would be an understatement -- the prices here are shockingly low.

The menu changes daily, which is understandable, given the place is obviously aiming to attract daily work-lunch regulars. As the name would suggest, Supnitsa specializes in soups. Chicken bouillon with croutons will set you back a mere 26 rubles, borshch goes for 43 rubles, and cream of vegetable soup costs 46 rubles. The most expensive is the seafood soup at 88 rubles. There are various extras that can be added to the soups, such as meat (12 rubles), croutons (8 rubles), sour cream (4 rubles) and herbs (4 rubles).

Salads include such Russian staples as fresh cabbage with apple (18 rubles), tomato and cucumber (38 rubles) and stolichny (46 rubles). For a hot main course, there's grilled beef (28 rubles), plov (46 rubles), Hungarian goulash (43 rubles) and, the most expensive, chicken fillet baked with mushrooms (84 rubles).

A single blin goes for 12 rubles, added meat costs 18 rubles, a portion of sour cream and jam is 4 rubles and a piece of bread 2 rubles.

Of course, it wouldn't be a stolovaya without a compote drink -- in this case cherry compote (16 rubles).

Be warned, however: Supnitsa is already a popular place, and diners have to be prepared to wait in line to get some cut-price grub.

1/13 Ul. Pokrovka, Bldg. 1, 624-7304, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., M. Kitai-Gorod.