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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tex-Mex and Mariachi

MTDiners in Sombrero's bar hall, the smallest of its four dining rooms.
Sushchyovskaya Ulitsa is fast becoming a genuine eat-street, given the number of new restaurants opening along its length. The latest addition to this strip, hidden one block back from Novoslobodskaya, is a Mexican restaurant, Sombrero.

With its entrance in a courtyard, Sombrero is a large restaurant consisting of four cozy halls. Although it only just opened, it already seems to be doing well -- a free table can be hard to find on a Friday night.

The interior design follows the standard Tex-Mex formula -- there is a predominantly orange color scheme, numerous Mexican-themed knickknacks and other bits and bobs, including wagon wheels and, naturally, sombreros.

The menu is large and offers a wide range of classical Tex-Mex dishes and includes quite a few vegetarian options. Old favorites include chili con carne (320 rubles), five varieties of quesadilla (chicken 280 rubles, beef 290 rubles, pork 280 rubles, crab with prawns 320 rubles, mushroom 280 rubles) and seven types of fajitas (chicken 470 rubles, pork 470 rubles, beef 470 rubles, lamb 560 rubles, seafood 630 rubles, tiger prawns 680 rubles and vegetarian 320 rubles). Other classics include burritos (280 rubles), jalapenos stuffed with cheese (280 rubles) and chicken wings Mexican-style (260 rubles).

The tequila selection is good, with 18 sorts ranging in price from 140 to 370 rubles. The cocktail selection lists 17 drinks, all 195 rubles, while mixed drinks cost 165 rubles. Draft beer starts at 85 rubles for Baltika.

A word of warning -- Sombrero is a fairly boisterous establishment, and what's more, any conversation, quiet or otherwise, will have to be put on hold when the restaurant's roving Mariachi decide to serenade your table.

14/19 Novoslobodskaya Ul., Bldg. 5, entrance from 21 Sushchyovskaya Ul., 972-1271, noon-1 a.m., M. Novoslobodskaya.