Housed in an ornately decorated mansion, the restaurant itself is absolutely gorgeous and very authentically Russian. Unfortunately, the quality of food and service leaves a bit to be desired. Although the restaurant clearly caters to tourists, our server was unwilling to make any recommendations or give his opinion about any dishes. When asked how certain things were, he just shrugged and gave replies like "it's normal" and "if that's what you want..." I'm not Russian, help me out a little bit here, buddy!
We ended up starting with a selection of small pies filled with meat and potatoes. The pies were soggier than I would have hoped for and served lukewarm. For my main course, I had the stroganoff. The flavor was excellent but, again, the dish was served lukewarm, which was a bit off-putting. Did not seem like it had been freshly cooked and made me think it had been sitting around for a while.
Overall, I recommend a visit to Cafe Pushkin for the atmosphere, but perhaps only for tea or dessert, as the quality of the food does not justify the high prices.
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