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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Serenity on Shabolovka

MTShafalie's elegant interior, brightened by plenty of natural light, makes for a pleasant winter retreat.
In a quiet residential area just beyond Oktyabrskaya metro station, not far from Gorky Park, a posh new high-rise housing complex is nearing completion. The modest neighborhood's impending gentrification has led to the opening of several new restaurants, eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of hundreds of new, upwardly mobile residents. Shafalie is one of these newcomers.

A neighbor and relative of the new but rather dark Pivchinsky cinema-themed beer restaurant, Shafalie contrasts with its light and airy interior. The floor-to-ceiling glass panes that run across the front of the restaurant let in ample sunlight, and the overall illumination of the pale pastel interior will make this a pleasant place to relax when winter's short and cloudy days leave you looking for some spring-like ambience.

The concise menu doesn't present any real surprises -- besides the mandatory sushi, the menu has a short list of modern European and Russian dishes. The offerings include cappuccino soup of porcini mushrooms, which comes with a frothed milk head (260 rubles), a light, classic Caesar salad with grilled chicken fillet (380 rubles), crab cakes with tomato and avocado concasse (470 rubles) and fillet of duck breast with knodel dumplings (690 rubles). The wine list has been limited to a house red and white -- although there is an interesting selection of bottled beers, including dark Leffe (180 rubles). The service, by the way, is irreproachable.

17 Ul. Shabolovka, 236-1019, midday-11am. M. Shabolovskaya.