Madame Galife

Madame Galife
26/1 Prospect Mira
Moscow 129090

Russian And Central Asian Food In A Scenic Garden

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 8
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $60 / RUB 1500 per person.


Located about 5 minutes walk away from the Prospect Mira Metro station in downtown Moscow, and about 15 minutes walk away from Renaissance Moscow Olympic Hotel, Madame Galife is a charming mid-range restaurant that specialises in Russian and Central Asian cuisine. The actual entrance of Madame Galife is easy to miss, as it's tucked away behind a wall, so you could pass right by outside and not see it. Rather, look out for the beautiful Aptekarsky Ogorod park, and you'll find Madame Galife, as the restaurant offers a wonderful view of the garden.

Ambience at Madame Galife is fantastic. Besides the garden view, the interior of the restaurant is painstakingly designed by artist Rezo Gabriadze. The decor within Madame Galife is largely hand crafted, including the center show piece 'Fountain of Bakhchisarai', and has a rustic yet regal charm. Lighting is used to complement dark shades, casting purposeful shadows about the place, while keeping the important areas (tables, corridors) well lit.

Service at Madame Galife is personal and friendly, yet methodical. Staff provide fine dining quality of service, addressing you as individuals, and offering advice on menu selections. Tableware at Madame Galife complements this 'fine-dining' mood well. Staff are able to converse in basic English, and the menu has English translations. I like that they were attentive, and checked that our meal was going well.

Food at Madame Galife is predominately Russian and Central Asian, with several Western style dishes. Dishes tend to be quite tasty, although the quality varies depending on whether you're ordering a specialty, or just another dish from the menu. Portions are decent, not too small or large, and prices befit a typical mid-range to upper-end restaurant in Russia. Expect to pay about RUB 1000 / SGD $40 per person. The menu has enough variety to justify several visits.


Rustic charm is evident in the open grill and kitchen laid out like a farm. But the rest of the interior looks elegant, and the garden view is very good during the day. This is also a pretty good place for a business lunch or dinner.

Russian and Central Asian dishes are the mainstays on the menu, although the manner in which they are done isn't very traditional, but has more of a modern slant. Several Western items also make an appearance on the menu. Taste of dishes vary, the specialities tend to be much better.

Baked Eggplant With Walnut Sauce 01

Baked Eggplant With Walnut Sauce 02

Beer Khamovniki Unfiltered

Herbed Rye Bread

Khachapuri Imeruli 01

Khachapuri Imeruli 02

Shashlik Mutton With Bukhara Rice And Pickled Onions 01

Shashlik Mutton With Bukhara Rice And Pickled Onions 02

Smetana Sour Cream

Sorrel Soup 01

Sorrel Soup 02