Galereya is the restaurant in Moscow that you will most want to see and be seen at – it is oh-so-trendy.
You are advised to book (don’t be late as they are unlikely to hold your booking), since it’s incredibly popular with the city’s elite crowd.
The up-side, if you do arrive without a booking and wait at the bar, is that you’ll eventually get a table, if you pass face control – you have to be rich and beautiful. In keeping with Arkady Novikov’s relationship with Conde Nast, Galereya (Gallery) is partly sponsored by GQ magazine and decorated with photographic exhibitions of images from this publication.
The coatroom tags follow true, picturing a mini front cover. The interior could easily be that of a restaurant in Paris, Milan or New York – the casual air of opulence seems to balance well with the clientele. An eclectic menu combines delicious European fusions with, of course, sushi.
Service is on the slow side, and unfortunately the upbeat lounge music doesn’t get the staff moving any faster! For a more relaxed dining experience, there is a lounge area at the back of the restaurant with big leather sofas.