To cut it short: big vertically-oriented food place with self-service, recreating the atmosphere of a city’s food market held somewhere on the square at the weekend.
There are 3 levels: ground (main) floor – here you are in a busy kitchen, where several chefs stand in the middle of the area and prepare dishes as you order them (wok, pasta and meat as I remember). Others you pick at the counter. The upper floor is the main area to sit down and enjoy your meal. Here the owners placed a small bar and confectionery with in-house baked sweets. Third level is the basement – just a few regular tables.
I love the casual atmosphere, the slightly naive decor with exclusive details like you see at the picture above or on their page.
Luckier tables outlook Kazanskiy Cathedral, the metro station is very close, 10 minutes max on foot and will take you to many other spots approved by locals. No one cares if you occupy your table for too long but your conscience.
Currently the chain counts 5 restaurants more or less alike, so you might find it very useful to glance at their FB page for addresses. Main cuisines are 100% hits like Italian, Russian and Asian.
If you’re at Tekhnologichesky Institut, then just across the street Marketplace will serve you a three-course traditional local lunch with kompot.