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“Great location, good service, reasonable food, high price.”
Review of Grand Cafe

Grand Cafe
Ranked #4 of 518 Restaurants in Minsk
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Leicester
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172 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Great location, good service, reasonable food, high price.”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

An interesting restaurant. Trying to be exclusive, maybe for rich people from Minsk who have struggled to afford these prices. Personally, as a Westerner, I have not struggled so hard, and this kind of restaurant in the West is one I would avoid. BUT the food was good - an average and small onion soup but a very good salmon pasta. And the bread selection was good - unusual in Eastern Europe and often a sign of a decent restaurant. A real negative was the absence of local beer on the menu - are they too special to stock local beer? But on asking they produced a really excellent local beer that I enjoyed. But truly - it is an insult to the host country not to show a local beer on the menu.
For me what Minsk really needs is a restaurant in a good location with good service and GREAT food. This isn't it. Its a restaurant in a great location with good service and (for Minsk) well above-average food. The prices are too high for Minsk, but with careful selection the soup and pasta with local beer is 30 Euros, so not bad at all for Western prices.
So ... trying too hard to be exclusive, but ok for a visit if you order carefully.

  • Visited March 2013
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Lugano, Switzerland
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114 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Nice place , good food , smoking and not smoking area”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Nice place , good food , smoking and not smoking area , colonial english style design inside , nice bar

Visited March 2013
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Abergavenny, WALES, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Minsk”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

First of all the welcome. Then the food. Excellent menu & a very good wine list. My wife visited twice during our stay in Minsk. Also experienced their buffet at the World Track Cycling Champs.-fabulous

Visited February 2013
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Spoiled experience”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Looking for a fancy place to spend Sunday evening in Minsk, we chose Grand Cafe owing to its convenient location and top rating on TripAdvisor. It all started very promising: our waiter was very well aware of wines selection matching steaks and so on, the steak itself (although local beef only, no marble beef) was cooked precisely as we ordered. After a very pleasant meal, we payed with Visa Gold, tipped with all the local cash (we were going to leave the next day), and headed to the restrooms.

The surprise was waiting for us outside of restrooms - maître d', a mid-aged woman with anxious face caught my hand, and in a rather intimidating manner told me that the bill was not payed. She was holding the plate with the tip cash and repeating that what was there wasn't enough! I wasn't prepared for such a turn, and only after a minute of embarrassing negotiations and searching pockets for the receipt, it was finally settled. After that, she calmed down, and vanished away without saying a single word of apology.

Obviously, the restaurant is one of the best in Minsk, and doesn't deserve the lowest mark. They managed to get a very good chef, decorators, waiters to make the experience fancy - exactly what we were looking for. Apparently, just one man's attitude and lack of temper is enough to bring the whole experience to the knees.

Visited February 2013
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Tbilisi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very stylish”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Impeccable service and good choice of cocktails. Probably the best Tiramisu I've had in many years. It's a pretty pricy establishment but I think it's kinda worth ti

  • Visited January 2013
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