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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Toast to a Cult Comedy

MT"Pokrovskiye Vorota" movie memorabilia is on display in the restaurant.
Last month, the popular film "Pokrovskiye Vorota" marked its silver jubilee -- perfect timing for the opening of a restaurant named and styled after this Soviet classic.

"We spent a long time gathering exhibits for the cafe: photographs, different things that were used in the filming," Victor Yuziyev, founder of the Russian Association of Domestic Film Lovers, told RIA-Novosti.

The restaurant is indeed a shrine to the cult comedy, with numerous photos, props and other knickknacks from the movie evoking its late-1950s setting.

As would be expected in such a retro restaurant, the menu is a suitably Soviet lineup of classics minus any nods to the latest fashions -- don't expect any quail eggs in your salad olivye here.

A straightforward olivye costs 115 rubles, vinegret goes for 85 rubles, a plate of marinated mushrooms for 195 rubles, and a large plate of various salted pickles for 250 rubles. Boiled potatoes with herring and onion cost 175 rubles. Soups include mixed meat solyanka (155 rubles), tsar-style ukha (155 rubles) and shchi sutochniye (95 rubles).

Mains run the full gamut of retro dishes, starting at 155 rubles for a humble chicken shashlik and reaching up to 525 rubles for lamb ribs.

There is also a decent selection of blini, including a "merchant" variant -- blini tied into little pouches and stuffed with red caviar (199 rubles), as well as an ambassadorial variant -- blini rolls with spinach, salmon and feta cheese (205 rubles).

The menu features a vegetarian section with 11 dishes (75-115 rubles) and there are two set lunch menus from noon to 4 p.m. (regular 230 rubles, vegetarian 180 rubles).

The staff may inform you that although the menu lists vodka, they don't have any -- but that's not to say that a little can be can't be rustled up (60 rubles for 50 grams of Russian Smirnov).

19 Ul. Pokrovka, 917-3985, 621-4340, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Kitai-Gorod.