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Mari Vanna 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 fay-gray and maximalist décor of antique chandeliers, Tiffany lamps, knick-knacks, pickles, tchotchkes, vintage books, pics, mirrors, Cheburashkas, and a Russian pechka stove. Note the crochet and linen-covered tables tended by chirpy Russian 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, then carb-up on Pirogi sea bass savories, clear Siberian Pelmeni dumpling soup, classic Russian "Olivier" ox-tongue salad, or feather-light smoked salmon blinis. There's highly pleasing borsch, dill and potaotes, and creamy beef Stroganoff with mash and wild mushrooms, and let's not forget the sweet crêpes with condensed milk. But it's the nostalgic dacha-like antebellum home-from-home setting that makes you feel like you're in some kind of Anna Karenina-esque episode.
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