Dear friends and tovarischi,
This is an invitation to be part of a revolution quite unlike anything this Big Old Smoke has witnessed before…
Dreary Soviet canteens, dollops of insipid mayonnaise, and the need to glug it all down with vodka – this stereotype is not what Eastern European cuisine is all about.
We are two Russians who want to revolutionise the image of Russian food, by serving light, luscious and sexy Slavic dishes at characterful venues across London.
But there is more…
We want to tell you a story alongside the food you eat. From Soviet pop art and midnight readings of turn-of-the-century poetry, to screenings of black-and-white Russian spy films and kitsch cabaret performances.
Besides, food has never fed the belly alone.
Katrina writes a blog The Gastronomical Me (http://www.gastronomicalme.com) about Russo-Soviet food. She is a food anthropologist with a healthy appreciation of all things fat-related – lardo, bone marrow, beef dripping, all these glorious things – and a love for a story, with and in your food.Katrina started running the underground Russian restaurant in early 2011 in her home in North London. Now ready to inflict the joys on the wider audiences.
Karina has just recently published ‘Russia on a plate’, a book about Russian way of life through food with a brand new collection of recipes inspired by childhood memories and ingredients from around ex-Soviet Union. She loves food – eating it or feeding others – and is always hungry for new projects as long as food and Russia feature. Karina also has a peculiar love for mayonnaise; be it value, gourmet, or home-made. Emulsified eggs with oil is the spice of life…
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Sumptuous, different and divine. Great value and fun in every way.
Anna Karenina dinner.
in October 2012,
reviewed on 10 October 2012
Having experienced a small taster of the fun and delights of Russian Revels at a lovely 'mingling' event a few weeks ago - it was with gusto that I booked a pair of tickets to this night.
It was everything advertised and more. The food was wonderful in its own right, but surrounded by interesting company and the hosting of Katrina and Karina the night was elevated in to much more than the food alone.
The surroundings and decor of Mari Vanna in Knightsbridge couldn't have been better suited with polka dot and white plimsol attired waitresses bringing a touch of ever so slightly kinky old-school Russia style to the serving. The candles, crockery, chandeliers and melted wax on the tables transported us back to the days of Anna Karenina as we descended to the private dining room of London's finest Russian restuarant...
The hosts accomodated a lactose-intolerant friend of mine with aplomb, as they did vegetarians and the modern mix of variety of dietary challenges. Every dish was introduced with romance and history - matched with outstanding quality - making the evening being something rather special.
Plus who needs an excuse to put on the purple velvet, fures and diamonds and experience a little of the life the Tzars before their fall?
A big thumbs up from a new-school fan of these nights. More please!
Wonderful welcome, lovely people
Russian Revels mingling club.
in September 2012,
reviewed on 20 September 2012
Just a quick note of thanks for a wonderful evening. Everyone I met was lovely as they were interesting and overall I had a terrific time.
Loved the nibbles and general friendly atmosphere complimented with impeccable hosting.
The photographs from Ana got a bit lost in the general melee and it would have been nice to hear a bit more about her background, but can understand the language issues and getting everyone's atttention.
Overall superb and look forward to the next one!
Best wishes to all,