It’s quite hard to find a place where they serve good lunch for a reasonable price in Moscow’s center near the “Paveletsky” rail terminal. There are a lot of cafés and chain restaurants, but very little for good business lunch. You have to choose between cheap fastfood and not-so-reasonable lunch. At “Palati” café you’ll find great lunch for a reasonable price.
I’ve known this place about four years. To be honest, it’s become a little more expensive, due to economy reasons. This café occupies the basement of the authentic merchant’s mansion. The title “Palati” is a reference to the Russian word “chambers”. The interior of the café speaks for itself, and has a true-to-type ceiling resembling authentic vaulting, like in the Romanov Boyars Chambers.
Speaking of the menu, “Palati” café is aimed at serving traditional Russian dishes with a modern twist. For example, for lunch, you can order a famous Russian salad, known as “Dressed Herring”, with herring and beet. You may have salad, soup, the main course, and the drink, with an opportunity to choose. The menu is always changing, so you can’t even find the same during a single week, which is really great.
Previously, during lunch, “Palati” would be completely full, but now the situation has changed a little and even during the so-called “rush hour” you may find a place to sit there. It’s really good, especially in the summer, when it’s hot and you can cool down in the basement.