The restaurant was established in 1874, and then again in 2002 after the Soviet collapse. The inside has a lot of glamor and the basins with live seafood make you feel that there is class in the food as well. From the start until the finish the service was excellent and the staff spoke very good English. I ordered freshly squeezed apple juice that was plain fantastic, and the waiters made a show filling all our (five people) glasses simultaneously. The waiters were always there were you and e.g. when I returned from the bathroom, a waiter appeared from somewhere to help me with my chair without making a number of it.
We ordered traditional Russian, that meaning Mushroom Soup, Bortsch, Schii, Stroganoff, Pelmenis, and got a couple of chef's surprises as well. One big nice surprise was "the Russian Winter show" that they produced all of a sudden while serving strawberry parfaits. The portions were nice looking, and had a home-cooking feel to them and they tasted very good - I'm not saying that they were the best I've ever had, but they were good, and they were not small portions.
You will certainly get your lunch cheaper almost anywhere else, but this is a Russian Culture Program number one. Go for it.
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