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Tatos

127 Zhongyang Dajie, Harbin, China
0451-84688855
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Ranked #166 of 703 restaurants in Harbin
Cuisines: Russian
Description: I'm from Russia, so I was hoping to have some nice Russian food in Harbin while I was visiting there last week. We found a place named "Tatos" in 127 Zhongyang Dajie. At first it seemed inviting as the decoration was nice, but when the food came, I was shocked. It's not Russian food at all, just some terrible chinese interpretation! The fish soup was made of milk with a few little pieces of fish floating in it (yuk!), the squid salad was tough, and the baked chicken leg was greasy and uneatable. It was one of the worst lunches I've ever had! So I tried to talk to the manager, an elderly grumpy-looking Chinese man. I explained to him that what we had wasn't Russian food, that we were completely unsatisfied, but all he could do is give us a 10% discount! It would never had happened in Shanghai where I live now as our restaurants' managers realize that reputation is priceless. So I promised the stubborn, rude man that I would write a review on his place and am doing it now. I highly DO NOT recommend this place to anyone who wants to have some decent Russian food in Harbin! Julia.
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Description: I'm from Russia, so I was hoping to have some nice Russian food in Harbin while I was visiting there last week. We found a place named "Tatos" in 127 Zhongyang Dajie. At first it seemed inviting as the decoration was nice, but when the food came, I was shocked. It's not Russian food at all, just some terrible chinese interpretation! The fish soup was made of milk with a few little pieces of fish floating in it (yuk!), the squid salad was tough, and the baked chicken leg was greasy and uneatable. It was one of the worst lunches I've ever had! So I tried to talk to the manager, an elderly grumpy-looking Chinese man. I explained to him that what we had wasn't Russian food, that we were completely unsatisfied, but all he could do is give us a 10% discount! It would never had happened in Shanghai where I live now as our restaurants' managers realize that reputation is priceless. So I promised the stubborn, rude man that I would write a review on his place and am doing it now. I highly DO NOT recommend this place to anyone who wants to have some decent Russian food in Harbin! Julia.
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We dined here as the other option was closed. The restaurant is cozy enough, however the presentation and care could be improved. We sat down for the set menu for two people, and little did we know that ALL of the food would be delivered at the same time, very quickly...so that told us that the food was prepared ahead... More

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Qinhuangdao, China
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We chose this restaurant because, quite frankly, having lived in China for nearly a year, we were sick of Chinese food. I'm really glad we went in. The atmosphere is great, but it is a bit cold. They have some set menus with 7-course meals that are worth their price. I highly recommend the Perch in Cream Sauce, the Tomato... More

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Harbin, China
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I have just come back from that place after a dreadful dinner with my wife (I am italian and she is chinese from near Harbin). The decor is OK, was told most of it is the original setting since the opening of this restaurant. Being just in the middle of the Chinese New Year festivities we were told that only... More

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shanghai
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133 reviews 133 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Touted as a Russian Restaurant yet does not serve Russian food. What is on offer is an eclectic mix of chinese food and derivatives of an unrecognisable cuisine! The menu descriptions do not match the product put before you at all and what is offered is very disappointing. Overpriced for what you get and not at all appetizing. I ordered... More

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Hong Kong, China
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We couldn't access the internet from the Hotel Ibis where we were staying so we didn't have the chance to properly research this place. Wish we had. PROS: The Ribs were good Shaun The waiter spoke excellent English Fun Decor CONS Terrible Food except the ribs Terrible infighting between owner and server...petty stuff, the owner took away our waiter's pen,... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

The entrance of the restaurant seems cozy so we decided to have our dinner here. We order one of the most expansive set meal for about 496 rmb for 2 people and 480 ml of blueberry wine for 120 rmb. The set meal consist of Borsch, caviar, bread, steak, salad, dessert, fish, prawns and a pot of mushroom stew. The... More

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Shenyang, China
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75 reviews 75 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I'm also from China's Northeast, but I have little knowledge about real Russian dishes. Tatos firstly attracted me and my family was its front image and inner decoration. We felt we were brought back to a century ago in a restaurant just set up by some Russian explorers in this far east city. Everything looked old and vintage, including the... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

we celebrated the NY party there, it was amazig, people all around the world were there, and wewas dancing all together there, congratulating and drinking wine!

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Beijing, China
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

TATOC was actually recommended by a colleague so we thought we'd give a whirl. What a disappointment! Although it looks quite pretty on the surface, with its faux decor oozing a comfy style, it hasn't got it where it counts. Both the food and the service leave a lot to be desired. Three of us decided to share a set... More

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Weihai, China
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I've lived in China long enough to expect bad service, but REAL foreign restaurants usually know how to cater to foreigners, and considering it says it's over a hundred years old I expected better. They brough out the meals eratically despite a fairly simple order of a starter and main course each. My main course arrived within a minute of... More

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