I think I already have this time capsule type place described somewhere. Stumbled into this set of photos that I don’t thin is here.
Note that “institutional” eateries are typically open for lunch only, eg. 12:30 to 4pm.
A simple or even a beaten up sign or better yet lack of it altogether often means good and cheap food.
We were **ordered** to wash out hands before eating by a stern Soviet-breed woman. As of recent I’ve been finding myself feeling progressively good towards Communist types..
I think this meal for two was just over 300 roubles ($10-something) but that was 2010 or 2011.