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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bonjour, Jean-Jacques 3

MTJean-Jacques on Tsvetnoi Bulvar has a small outdoor seating section.
Fans of Jean-Jacques on Nikitsky Bulvar have reason to rejoice -- a new Jean-Jacques opened last week on Tsvetnoi Bulvar. It is the third in the chain, following the opening of No. 2 in the northern capital at the beginning of last year.

Perhaps its location is not quite as chic, but otherwise the new French cafe is an improvement in every respect over the original. Like the first, it is set a little lower than street level, but it has a higher ceiling and windows running across its full length, providing much more natural light. The room is larger and more airy, with considerably more space between tables. There are even more chalk boards for displaying specials of the day. The original's cozy French cafe feel is maintained, but here it is a cafe-deli combo with a range of gourmet goodies on display for you to buy and take home.

The menu is similar, but not identical, to that of the first "Zhan-Zhak" with a range of sandwiches (150-290 rubles), cold soups such as cream of cucumber with Madras curry (110 rubles) and classic hot soups such as French onion (200 rubles). Mains range from 230 rubles for steak, up to 500 rubles for calamari stuffed with ox tail served with mashed potatoes. There is a variety of cheeses (105-240 rubles for 50 grams), plus a cheese plate for 700 rubles.

An interesting addition is the two degustation plates (120 rubles each). The "Jean-Jacques" has chickpea and green pea hummus, marinated sweet pepper and feta with olives, while the "Rousseau" offers tuna pate, hummus, fresh radish and anchovies, plus toasted French baguette.

As at the original, the wine selection is good, starting at 100 rubles a glass.

24 Tsvetnoi Bulvar, korpus 1, 208-5810, 24 hours, M. Tsvetnoi Bulvar.