Fodor's Expert Review Mari Vanna

$$ Knightsbridge Russian

London's sizeable, well-heeled Russian community flocks to this maximalist evocation of a pre-Revolution babushka's living room, overflowing with vintage chandeliers, porcelain figurines, tapestries, and nested Russian dolls. The menu leans toward traditional old-country comfort food like Siberian pelmeni (dumplings) filled with pork and beef, smoked salmon blinis, creamy beef Stroganoff with wild mushrooms, and, of course, borscht, finished off with a 12-layer honey cake. If you're dozing off from carb overload, a chili-and-horseradish vodka shot will wake you right up. The waitstaff speak Russian and you may get better service if you do, too.

Russian Intimate Lunch Dinner Prix-Fixe $$

Quick Facts

116 Knightsbridge
London, Greater London  SW1X 7PJ, England

020-7225–3122

www.marivanna.ru/london

Known For:
  • Fantastically kitsch prerevolution Russian dining room
  • Tasty borscht, blinis, and beef Stroganoff
  • Sweet crepes for dessert
  • Over-the-top nostalgic Russian décor
  • Borscht, blinis, and beef Stroganoff
  • Flavored vodka shot selection

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