Shalena (Crazy) Mama is an American-style diner in Kiev city centre, named after a song from the Rolling Stones’ album Black and Blue. It has been around for ages, certainly since 2004 when I first arrived in the city.
Band memorabilia, posters and photos adorn the walls. Red leather banquette seating runs along one side of the diner while the other side is occupied by a long bar with stools. Aside from a lick of paint, I’m fairly certain the decor hasn’t changed since my first visit.
Service was prompt. The waiter brought menus shortly after our arrival. I asked for an English menu and he quickly obliged, explaining that the prices were out of date and I’d need to refer to the Ukrainian menu for the actual charge. He was a genuinely friendly guy and spoke decent enough English.
The Rolling Stones theme continued on the menu. Keith’s Favourite is Ukrainian Borsch while Sympathy for the Devil is sausages with vegetables. Thai and rice dishes are prevalent but I’d had my fill or oriental food in previous days and opted for Ruby Tuesday, chicken schnitzel with potatoes, at 75 UAH. Yuliana, my dining companion, chose the Satisfaction cheesecake.
Yuliana loved her cheesecake. The Ruby Tuesday was fine to taste, but the portion fairly small and cold. It was also served on one of those annoying wooden boards.
The music was too loud for my liking. It would be fine in the evening, when the place becomes a popular hangout for students, but not for a Monday lunchtime.
The total bill with tea and orange juice came to a very reasonable 171 UAH.
The restaurant is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Visit Kiev Ukraine ate at Shalena Mama in January 2017. Unlike many other Kiev restaurant and travel websites we pay for our own food and drink. We do not inform staff we are reviewing their restaurant.
Cuisine: Asian, International
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Shalena (Crazy) Mama
Tarasa Shevchenka Boulevard