This feels incredible: a few moments ago you were strolling up Stoleshnikov, with all those posh stores. Then you take a turn, enter a passage, go all the way down – and there is that hip, relaxed cafe.
First, they make the best sandwiches in town: a heap of chicken, salmon or tuna on a crispy bread that will make you forget about all the diets and carb restrictions. Seriously, you have to try them, they are finger-licking good. The place also offers soups, quesadillas, beer (bottled and on tap) and cider.
Second, the cafe is decorated with awesome posters that were designed by the local artist (and the co-founder of Enthusiast) Dima Pantyushin specifically for this place. Some of them are also availablle for sale. The artist has recently released a book featuring the posters designed for Enthusiast over the course of three years.
When I come here, I first take a couple of minutes to inspect the walls and see if any new witty, Soviet-era-like posters were added.Then I order a sandwich, and sometimes a pint of cider.
The cafe hosts movie screenings: usually a live concert film at 21:00 on Sunday, or some modern classics on Saturday. There is nothing like drinking pear cider while watching Chungking Express, I swear!