Calatch / Калач
59 Красного Знамени Проспект / 59 Krasnovo Znameni Prospekt
Hours of Operation: Mon – Sat – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Meals from $5
Calatch is a great, little cafeteria that serves traditional Russian dishes and is conveniently located across the street from the VSUES campus. Most of the students will not have heard of the Calatch, since it’s a little hole in the wall cafeteria located underneath a busy shopping center. But, this cafteria is always packed at lunch with businessmen and –women that work in the surrounding buildings.
Calatch is barely noticeable from the street, due to its lack of advertisement. In order to see the hours of operation, you have to go out of your way and down some easily-unnoticed stairs. Inside the café, it is cozy and quiet. While it can get a bit noisy at lunch time, the majority of the time it’s peaceful, due to the lack of blaring music.
The cafeterias selection doesn’t come close to rivaling that of some of the other competitors in town (e.g., Republic, Svetlanskaya Stolovaya), but it does provide a number of traditional Russian hot dishes, salads, and soups. Salads generally run between 30 and 40 rubles, soups – 50 and 60, and main dishes – 60 and 70. During my most recent visit, I grabbed a bowl of fish soup (Уха), a fresh plate of pilaf (Плов), and a cup of fruit drink (Морс). All in all, my meal only cost me 150 rubles and I left feeling quite full, if not stuffed.
Calatch is a good cafeteria if you are a VSUES student looking for a change from the typically Pink Panther cafeteria food. As could be expected, Calatch’s food is fresher and more tasty than the school food. It’s definitely worth the short walk across the overpass.
For groups and faculty-led tours, Calatch has plenty of seating and can handle larger groups of 10-12 people.