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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Like a Juicy Green Apple

MTFresh's two-level interior is decorated in cheerful, bright green tones.
If your body is a temple, then Moscow can sometimes seem like a band of marauding grave robbers defiling your inner sanctum. But luckily some refuge can now be found, as the dining scene is finally offering up some wholesome alternatives. Not long after the opening of the Bio Gourmet organic deli on Ul. Ostozhenka comes Fresh, a restaurant dedicated to healthy eating.

The new two-level cafe is located up a steep flight of stairs lined with photos of its healthy, happy staff. Inside, three separate dining areas are dominated by a cheerful bright green color scheme complemented by wait staff clad in similar fresh tones.

The menu is not exactly what you would expect to find in a whole-earth commune, or for that matter Moscow's vegetarian hangout Dzhagannat. Rather, Fresh seems to be an urbane mix of modern favorites striving to match what might be offered at a fashionable spa resort.

The "spa bar" section of the menu lists 13 varieties of freshly squeezed juice, from 160 rubles for carrot up to 250 rubles for lime. The mixed juice section averages around 220 rubles and includes six subheadings: relax, antioxidant, energy, detox, immunomodulators and aphrodisiacs, including the "maybe baby" -- an avocado and pear mix for 210 rubles. Also listed under the spa bar heading are regular teas, herbal teas and, of course, elite teas.

Food-wise the menu offers such staple starters as Caesar salads (classic 190 rubles, chicken 280 rubles, porcini 280 rubles), steamed asparagus (240 rubles) and, more familiar for fitness freaks, a wheat sprout salad (210 rubles). The menu offers no real surprises, but does provide three nifty symbols to guide diners in their choices -- a pepper, a leaf and a water drop to indicate spicy, vegetarian and lo-cal dishes respectively.

For those not averse to tarnishing their temples, Fresh offers a decent range of cocktails, wine starting from 150 rubles a glass and beer (draft Tuborg 140 rubles a half liter, Krusovice 190 rubles). And given that they don't forbid smoking, Fresh is one of the only places around town that doesn't expect weight-watching vegetarians to be nonsmoking teetotalers.

21 Ul. Petrovka, 624-0358, 11 a.m.-midnight, M. Okhotny Ryad.