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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Top-Notch Food From Yu

MTYu serves gourmet food in a boho setting that is at once a bar and cafe.
Cafe, loving, clubbing" is the slogan of the recently opened Yu. But assuming that Yu is simply a bar or club would be a mistake, as it actually serves up some top-notch food.

Yu -- or perhaps they mean "You" -- has an interesting layout, with several different rooms spread over two floors. The ground floor houses a bar, while the room out the back serves as a dance floor in the wee hours of the morning. The upstairs section features several more cafe-like rooms, one of which is nonsmoking. There are some interesting artworks on display and the general atmosphere is fairly bohemian.

Given that many of the city's boho cafes tend to offer a pretty simple selection of food, Yu is a pleasant exception. The menu is quite large and offers a diverse range of tasty dishes.

Soups include interesting options such as sorrel (150 rubles), Lyon onion (170 rubles), creamed chestnut (210 rubles), Mediterranean fish (360 rubles) and a piquant gazpacho with succulent crab (220 rubles).

The cold starters list has such dishes as tuna tartare with beet carpaccio (380 rubles) and a salmon "sack" stuffed with red caviar (290 rubles). Hot starters are no less interesting: egg pate with asparagus (210 rubles), French frog legs (480 rubles) and Burgundy snails (220 rubles).

The selection of mains demonstrates considerable variety -- Thai-style green curry (560 rubles) is listed next to beef Stroganoff (310 rubles), while the seafood dishes also include options such as St. Jacques sea scallops with chicory, zucchini and peanuts under a miso sauce (520 rubles).

Aiming for the party crowd, Yu has a comprehensive drinks menu. There is a large selection of cocktails starting at 100 rubles for the 44100 (named after the clubbing web site and averaging around 180 rubles. Beer costs 180 rubles for Kronenberg unfiltered or Grolsch, while wine starts from 190 rubles a glass.

4 Pushechnaya Ul., 621-4907, 11 a.m.-midnight weekdays or until 6 a.m. on weekends, M. Kuznetsky Most.