FROM RUSSIA WITH LUBOV: MARI VANNA RESTAURANT ARRIVES IN LONDON
Opening on Friday 30th March 2012, comes restaurant and bar Mari Vanna. Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge between the doorsteps of One Hyde Park and the Bulgari hotel, visitors will be warmly welcomed into the new London home of Russian matriarch, the mythical Mari Vanna. According to Russian folklore, Mari Vanna invited weary guests and travellers into her kitchen for a home‐cooked meal and a cosy retreat.
Specialising in “babushka cooking”, the menu of Russian dishes also features influences from the former Soviet countries of Georgia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan amongst others. Comforting, traditional dishes such as Borsch with Pampushka (a Russian beetroot soup with smoked beef) and Harcho (a rich Georgian lamb soup with rice and a spicy adjika sauce) feature alongside carefully crafted Pelmeni (Siberian veal dumplings with a light herb sauce) and Ukrainian Galubtzi (meat and rice encased in cabbage leaves). Additionally the menu offers an extensive selection of salads and lighter dishes displaying a liberal use of fresh herbs. At the heart of Mari Vanna, a large hand‐painted table is covered with exquisite cakes.
With extraordinary attention to detail, Mari Vanna will transport each guest into the Russian home of a bygone era where shelves are adorned with matryoshka dolls, trinkets and tchotchke. A traditional Russian Pechka oven, prominent in many Russian tales, takes pride of place in the dining room. Set against a fine backdrop with high ceilings adorned with elaborate chandeliers, a nod to its elegant location, Mari Vanna displays cosy details within an unparalleled, unique and wonderfully comfortable setting.
Mari Vanna displays true Russian tradition from top to toe, a rare find in London.
Initially opened in a private apartment in St Petersburg, Mari Vanna has sister restaurants in Moscow and New York.
MARI VANNA SAMPLE MENU
Borscht ‐ traditional Russian beetroot & vegetable broth with smoked beef
Harcho ‐ Georgian lamb soup with rice and Adjika (spicy tomato sauce)
Mushroom soup ‐ wild forest mushrooms with potato and sour cream
Salad Olivier ‐ traditional potato and chopped vegetable salad with Russian kielbasa sausage
Herring Pod Shuboy (herring under a fur coat) – salted herring, beetroot and potato
Kitchen garden salad with crab meat and poached egg
Blinis with red or black caviar
Hashapuri ‐ Georgian pie baked with Suluguni cheese and egg
Pirozhki ‐ delicate Russian pies filled with cabbage, meat or seabass
Galubtzi ‐ cabbage parcels filled with meat and rice
Beef Stroganoff ‐ Russian beef dish with buckwheat and mushrooms
Pelmeni ‐ Russian seafood dumplings
Napoleon – layers of puff pastry and Napoleon cream
Smitannik ‐ sour cream cake with strawberries
Address: Wellington Court, 116 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PJ
Reservations: +44 (0) 207 225 3122
Seating Capacity: Restaurant – 58, Lounge bar – 30, Private Room ‐ 30
Opening Times: lunch, tea and dinner from 12 noon to 12 midnight, 7 days a week
From 1st May ‐ breakfast from 8 am
Proprietors: Mari Vanna is co‐owned by Vadim Lapin & Dmitry Sergeyev, founders of restaurant group Ginza Project, and Luca Del Bono who has operated in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Ginza Project is one of the most established players in the world of Russian dining with over 70 restaurants stretching from Moscow and St Petersburg to Rostov on Don, New York and now London.
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