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Review of The Crimean - CLOSED

The Crimean
Cuisines: Eastern European
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Arrived to a pub and was surprised by the stylish and moody decor. Welcomed by a lovely lady unfortunately she did not continue to serve us, I wish she had. The senior male manager/owner had too much attitude for me. More importantly the food was great, everything we ordered we wanted more, tapas style was the way to go. But can be a little expensive. But well worth a visit.

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Thank JEM36
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Our party of 3 ate here on a mid week night in late April. The exterior of this converted corner pub is dimly lit so at night it can be difficult to tell if it's open. The interior is suitably moody in decoration to conjure a sense of Black Sea locale and the barman's welcome and cordial advice made the bar area the preferred spot. Our dining 'chair' was a hard, sloping wooden pew and there is a spartan feel in the dining room. Despite the in-character dining room decor and the menu focussing on regional crimean dishes, the intrusive house music was not in keeping with place or atmosphere and jarred with the intended vibe. Waiting staff were very self serious in manner.
We had a range of entrees - the succulent potato, quark and onion parcels (vareniki, $10) were a good start but the toughish pastry around the duck peirogi ($14) and the too many layers of filo in the spanakopita-style special, lacked finesse. Interestingly, there were no soups on the Menu. Less said about the glasses of white wine the better!
For Mains, we chose Braised lamb shoulder ($28) which arrived with an orange bouquet full of promise and Grilled beef flank ($30). The latter meat was so salty and sinewy, it was a feat to be able to get it down. Both dishes were unsubtly cooked and strongly salted and we looked to the side dishes to give respite. The Fried cauliflower ($12) was so over fried that it was too unpleasant to eat but the Potato, apple, celery and egg salad ($12) was a welcome stand out. The accompanying bottle of Georgian red wine was adequate although also pricey.
For three diners, with a pre-dinner drink, two glasses of white and a bottle of red wine and two hot chocolates and one slivovitz, the bill came to over $200. Compared to the higher quality of many other restaurants in the city, this was a disappointing visit. Suggest you opt for a drink at the bar with the friendly barman and give the restaurant a miss

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Thank twofromLonnie
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

Recently booked here for a birthday dinner. Excellent food. The portions were not huge, but very tasty and quick food service. Drinks service as a little off the mark, but otherwise I would go here again. The place was packed with not an empty seat, so that should give a clear indication of the quality, service and value. The surroundings were nice and there is ample on street parking nearby.

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Thank Di222
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Ah North Melb .. I have lived here for 6 years (my first 6 years in Melbs) for a large bulk of that time my "local" was the Keepers Arms. $10 pot n parma with a quiz on Tuesday night who doesn't love that! But alas the Keepers was then sold and was transformed into the Crimean, Wow what a transformation the Crimean has really upscaled the old Keepers Arms, so after a few trips just for drinks it was with great excitement I went for my first meal.

And the food did not disappoint it was fantastic! The cabbage rolls were moorish, the calamari perfect (no hint of chewiness) but the skinless sausage was the stand out! Despite the quality of the food this will be only trip to the Crimean as the service was abhorrent. The service was akin to the treatment that you might expect if you went to Gasp on Chapel Street.

The waiter was not pleased when we wanted to see what was on the menu before picking the wine and his disdain when we asked what was gluten free (yes Coeliacs is a disease not an allergy and no barley is not gluten free) was not welcoming.

I won't be back, instead my fix of eastern european cuisine will continue to be satisfied by Borsch, Vodka and Tears in Windsor.

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Thank Kissesk
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