We made our way to Hotel Grand Europe for dinner at the legendary L'europe on a Sunday evening. On our arrival, we were told L'europe main hall where royalty and celebrity have dined before us was closed after the buffet brunch on Sundays. Of course we were disappointed! The maitre'd was quick thinking and suggested that we order from the L'Europe menu and dine at the Caviar Room right next to it. We gladly took up his offer.
Unlike the L'europe hall, the Caviar Room was extremely cozy. There was a lady trio (one playing guitar, one violin and one singing) performing live for the pleasure of the two of us and just 2 other patrons. Nice.
The caviar trolley was just next to our table, loaded full of different types of the little spheres of gastronomical delight. All so tempting! Instead, I decided on the 6 course degustation menu to sample all the Russian classics. What a feast! Starting with black caviar in egg, classic herring salad, borsch soup, orange caviar on crab leg meat, the classic beef straganov and en fin, bliny brulee with chocoate. I was already stuffed by the fourth course! All excellent quality. My friend, a much lighter and healthier eater than I, chose, the seafood broth (very light but tasty) and the fish pie (yummy).
Service was outstanding. Attentive but not intrusive, our server was always a nod away. He took time to explain the dishes to us too.
We took a peep at the L'europe grand hall with the stained glass ceiling. Very atmospheric!
If price was no issue, I would strongly recommend L'europe and experience how it must be like to be royalty for a day.
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