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A vibrant bit of Odessa in the heart of Moscow


700 — 1500

Odessa-Mama is a small café chain that serves typical Odessa dishes for affordable prices. There are five such cafes open around Moscow in total; they all have the same menu and a similar style.

As you approach the Odessa-Mama café near Chistye Prudy, you will be sure to spot a glowing sign with a greeting message, which is always different, depending on the weather and current events: "We are just getting started!", "Be happy!", "Come here for a hug!", and more.

The cafes' space is minimalistic yet unique: you may spot patterns made out of ship ropes, as well as steering wheels, valves, signal lamps, and lifebuoys. All of this is meant to remind the guests that Odessa is a port city.

The menu, which mixes Russian, Ukrainian, and Jewish cuisine, adds extra couleur locale. You can order vorschmack, clupeonella, potatoes with roasted pork rind, navy-style macaroni, chicken Kiev, and more. In the mornings, the cafes serve an Odessa-style Jewish breakfast with cooked eggs, salad, and a variety of spreads. The bar menu includes different infusions.

There are summer verandas; you cannot book a seat there in advance, but may try calling to check if any seats are available.

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