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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ahh, But It's the Arbat

MTWayne's includes a 15 percent service charge on the English menu.
Wayne's Coffee, the Scandinavian cafe chain with outlets in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Poland, has recently opened its first location in Russia.

The local branch takes the form of a cute little cafe located just off the Arbat. There are outdoor seating areas both in front and behind the cafe, with the back area being particularly quiet. The interior is straightforward, with modern decor and plenty of light through the windows.

The menu offers a wider selection than what you would normally find in one of the city's regular coffee chains. Besides the usual assortment of coffee (cappuccino 95/110 rubles, espresso 50/90 rubles, Americano 77/92 rubles) and teas (80 rubles a pot), they also sell a hot chocolate spiked with chili (160 rubles), although the end result is rather subtle. There is a decent range of freshly squeezed juices all for a reasonable 125 rubles. There are various bagels and sandwiches available for around 150 rubles, plus a good selection of hot dishes, including lasagna (250 rubles), meatballs with mashed potatoes (230 rubles), Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce and celery (230 rubles) and six varieties of blini (115-230 rubles). There is a business lunch offer for 180 rubles. Beers available include a house brew, "Wayne's Beer," for 110 rubles per half-liter.

Given its proximity to the touristy Arbat, it's not surprising that Wayne's has a separate English-language menu. What is unexpected, however, is the 15 percent service charge that is listed at the bottom of the English-language menu but absent on the Russian version. Asked to explain, the staff said the extra charge on the English menu was because "foreigners don't tip." So if patrons want any tips to be discretionary, they should try to avoid getting lumped with a foreigners' menu.

36/2 Ul. Arbat, Bldg. 1, 241-8694, M. Arbatskaya.