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Mari Vanna

  • 116 Knightsbridge Map It
  • Knightsbridge
  • Russian

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

All of London's Russian molls, dolls, and porcelain-skinned babushkas squeeze into this kitsch White Russian fantasy dining salon in Knightsbridge, which overflows with a maximalist decor of vintage chandeliers, books, pics, knickknacks, Tiffany lamps, tchotchkes, gilt mirrors, Cheburashkas, and a Russian pechka stove. Note the crochet- and linen-covered tables tended by chirpy staff (some in dirndls) and dishes proffered with what feels like great aunt Vanna's old family silver and jumbled crockery. Then snap into character with a horseradish vodka shot or two, and carb-up on pierogi sea bass savories, clear Siberian Pelmeni dumpling soup, or feather-light smoked salmon blinis. There's good borscht and creamy beef Stroganoff with mash and wild mushrooms, and lest we forget the sweet crepes with condensed milk. But it's the nostalgic dacha-like antebellum home-away-from-home setting that makes you feel like you're participating in some kind of Anna Karenina–esque historical reenactment.

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The Wellington Court, 116 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PJ, England

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Published 08/18/2015


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